Monday, September 14, 2009

CFCF Lands On The Continent

Montreal-based DJ and electronic artist CFCF (aka Michael Silver) is preparing for the release of his first full-length debut album, Continent, on Paper Bag Records. The twelve-track album is the followup to his celebrated Panesian Nights EP, and will be released on October 27th. As CFCF works his way towards Continent, he will first release, The Explorers EP, featuring label mate Sally Shapiro on October 6th.

The songs that make up Continent were created at Silver's home studio between the fall of 2008 and this summer with no hard deadlines for their completion. This gave Silver the opportunity to allow his ever-changing listening habits and influences reflect in the songs. The end result is an album that shifts effortlessly between several styles and sounds while fitting together as a diverse but cohesive package. There is common theme running through Continent's songs even if it is not easy to pinpoint or describe.

The Montreal native has been creating tracks since his pre-teens and has only begun to present his music publicly in the last couple of years. CFCF's career began to take off with his contest winning remix of Crystal Castles "Air War" and has followed up with a chain reaction of official remixes for talents such as Sally Shapiro, The Presets, HEALTH, The Teenagers and Hearts Revolution among many others.

"For the songs on this album I usually started with an idea in mind of a specific atmosphere I wanted to convey," says Silver. "That atmosphere, whether it was something hazy, nostalgic, otherworldly or unsettling, was always the first thing to come to a track. The songs range from mid-tempo nu-disco to Balearic, house to ambient. Often the basis of the atmosphere was culled from films by Werner Herzog, Michael Mann, David Lynch, and David Cronenberg as well as countless musical influences including Arthur Russell, Saint Etienne, and Tangerine Dream."

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