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David August Trades Chill House for Ambient Vibes on 'DCXXXIX A.C.': Watch

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David August, "DCXXXIX A.C."

German electronic artist David August has never been the most aggressive producer. His house tracks are beautiful, groovy affairs, but there's also been a softer side to his creative soul that's mostly gone unexplored by the general public, until now.

This month, August steps into new frontiers with a new hour-long musical journey. It's called DCXXXIX A.C., nicknamed Chant #1, and it's a winding, moody collection of 24 ambient instrumentals that weave in and out of highs and lows, meandering between electronic sounds and organic instrumentation. 

The producer's love for ambient stems from a formless jam session a couple years back. August was just messing around, playing in a sort of freeform stream of consciousness, experimenting with an unfocused creative process. He writes in a message on YouTube how much he enjoyed the exercise, and so he continued to write abstractly on the side. Now, he shares that sound with his fans in the first of what should become a cool series of releases. 

"The record is 60 minutes in length and contains 24 tracks, which I see as being all linked together, forming a single, extended breath," he writes. "As my most recent work pulls inspiration from my Italian provenience, so does this album. I go back in time, finding myself surrounded by the nature and old spirits of an ancient commune, in the middle of the country. Relating to the details of a land, it's a soundtrack to a time and space unknown."

August paired the release with a series of moving images not necessarily inspired by or directly related to the music, though they fit the general vibe and feel. DCXXXIX A.C. is out everywhere digitally on 99 Chants, a new label August founded for his ambient releases. It will get a limited vinyl run on Friday, March 30. Read his full message to fans and explore the emotional landscape of DCXXXIX A.C. below.

"A couple years ago, I found myself in jam sessions, naively messing around with sound; no rhythm, no structure. Not considering any borders, trying to “think” about music, as subconsciously as possible. It's been a vein in me ever since, which I developed and explored quietly in my personal space, slowly realizing that half of me somehow existed in this realm; so- called Ambient music. During these years, a relevant amount of drafts came together.

While working on my main project last year, I decided to present this other side of me in an own independent way, to initialize a path that would be continued. I founded a new label, 99CHANTS, a dream I wish I could have realized earlier. To contribute to culture and society with something hopefully reasonable. Everything relies on these two things, in my opinion.

The record is 60 minutes in length and contains 24 tracks, which I see as being all linked together, forming a single, extended breath. As my most recent work pulls inspiration from my Italian provenience, so does this album. I go back in time, finding myself surrounded by the nature and old spirits of an ancient commune, in the middle of the country. Relating to the details of a land, it's a soundtrack to a time and space unknown.

Generally speaking, the tracks took shape rather quickly, trying to believe in the moment of what a first intuition could have of value, or maybe not. All music came together in Berlin, Iceland, above the Atlantic and in a small mediterranean town.

The footage came after the music was finished. No scene was filmed to match a specific track. A collection of subconscious impressions and memories, mirroring the process of the album. Connecting the dots, this story leads to where the next begins."

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