Claptone Charmer on LP
If you don't know Claptone yet, then you are not alone. Even though many people have heard of him, no-one truly knows who or what he is. The only certainty however, is the captivating music he makes. It never fails to bind those who hear it under his spell. And from then the mysterious being becomes even more intriguing. He has never openly courted people's attention – or even shown them his face – but what he has done is offer up some of the most compelling club sounds of recent years. They have come in original and remix format, and each and every time he serves up one of his missives, people fall ever deeper in love.
Claptone's greatest spell yet is his forthcoming full-length album. Charmer is something inspired not by a current hit formula or a token trend. Instead it is informed by the eons of music that he has soaked up during his travels, wandering through the ages. It comes not as a quest for fame, but as a way of expressing emotions, of touching people on a deeper level. It aims to evoke something in those people without dictating what that should be. "Laughing can be very close to crying," says Claptone. "...and crying can be very close to laughing. Songs can be melancholic and beautiful whilst still making you smile."
Even more, Charmer is driven by an insatiable musical desire; a passion that has compelled him to collaborate with songwriters Jimi Tenor, Peter, Bjorn and John, Nathan Nicholson (The Boxer Rebellion) and Jay-Jay Johanson amongst others. Together, their spirits add up to a most full, absorbing and engaging album that adds another layer of intrigue to the Claptone story.
Of course, Charmer is still relevant in the club too, because that is where Claptone's spirit was first unlocked many moons ago. A steady pulse of house underlies everything on it, and so the album serves as living proof of how music that makes you dance can also go further, no matter how big the crowd or wherever the setting is. This has always been his aim, both when cooking up tracks but also when conjuring up his Claptone Immortal live shows at places like SW4, Melt festival, Ultra Music Festival and many other key gatherings. The results manage to captivate and confound, to touch and amaze audiences in equal measure.