Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on The Morning with John Richards, is “infra 5″ by Max Richter from his 2010 album infra on Fat Cat.
Max Richter is a German born music composer with more than an impressive resume of classical training behind him at some of Europe’s most prestigious Art Schools. His teachings definitely sway heavily towards classical composition, yet his music is truly his own hybrid collection of many music forms and past influences, including modern electronica. It’s often called post-classical which seems as good a label as any. In the late 80′s, Richter began as an original member in a six-piece piano ensemble called Pianocircus which went on to produce a number of great releases over the next decade. Since then, Richter’s work has appeared in numerous movies and his instrumental music seems to be a perfect backdrop to just about anything, you’ll find his music in everything from Shutter Island to Stranger Than Fiction. His latest LP, infra, is more a collection of random thoughts than a complete album. In fact, the entire project was originally conceived as a Royal Ballet collaboration, a request for 25 minutes of work inspired by T.S. Elliot’s The Wasteland. Although many people are probably unaware of his work, his music is both exquisite and powerful. If you’re looking for the perfect background music to a relaxing day, you’d be hard pressed to find better than this.
Completed in October 2006, the video below for Max Richter’s track “Song,” which appears on his album, Songs From Before, was shot by film maker Yulia Mahr in a remote part of the Pyrenees. Using out-of-date Super-8mm black and white film stock, and some of the last Kodachrome 40 stock ever produced, it is a neat visual accompaniment to the grain and atmosphere of Max’s music.