Berlin’s dark electro-pop prodigy Thomas Azier is releasing his debut album Hylas on March 10 through Casablanca Records (US) but in the meantime, he’s shared his mildly-NSFW video for Verwandlung, one of the stand-out tracks from Hylas.
The video premiered on Do Androids Dance? and is now available to stream/share via YouTube. Thomas Azier said of Verwandlung: “For me the song explores the frightening thin line between making love and violence.” The video was shot by Sander Houtkruijer and a hommage to Claire Denis’, Trouble Every Day.
Hylas is a lush, cacophonous mix of Azier’s signature forward-thinking production and the evocative vocals he’s become synonymous with. Azier recently shared the title track from Hylas, which is available to stream and share. Woodkid & The Shoes’ collaborative remix of Azier’s song Angelene is still available to stream too.
Thomas Azier was born in the Netherlands but relocated to Berlin at age 19. After hundreds of sketches and pre-productions on his computer, Thomas Azier eventually started to lay the final touches on his debut in the Fall of 2012. He set up his studio in an old East German factory where the church bells for the Kremlin used to be manufactured. That old factory proved just the right place for the truly industrial twist on pop music Azier was looking for. He had a vision of pushing boundaries, combining analog sounds and dramatic, warm vocals with violent noises and the natural sounds of the factory. The entire album is written, composed, played and produced by the 25-year old multi-instrumentalist himself, only assisted by sound designer and co-producer Robin Hunt.
His sound bridges gaps between cultures as well. Combining factory sounds derived from the Dutch gabber and hardcore scene, the German electronic scene and the epic and profound emotions you would find in French artists, he may well have defined the sound of European Pop Music in 2014.