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[ALBUM REVIEW] Christopher Norman – Process

Process

Christopher Norman has been a part of my musical world since 2004. In the 10 years I’ve been following him he has evolved from being an aspiring producer of fine Minimal Tech tracks to being an accomplished singer – songwriter using just a guitar or a piano. On “Process” he pours in every ounce of creative fibre, love and brilliance he has to produce what to me is the best Electronic album of 2014. With hauntingly beautiful lyrics, lush pads and droning snares Christopher Norman lures us into a universe with tales of self doubt, the dualistic dynamics of love, the voyage of life and stray thoughts from the mind of Mr. Norman.

Once you put on your earphones you will experience the subtleties and the sparkle that Christopher Norman has so generously sprinkled on and woven into the deepest fabrics of “Process”.

You’ll fall in love with tracks like “Bullet (remix)” which reunites Christopher with The Reverb Junkie in a stunning collaboration of both beauty and sorrow. You’ll feel the goosebumps spread to the haunting vocals of James Reed on “Haunting”. Christopher Normans vocals and storytelling skills reaches new soaring heights that will delight you.
Ten tracks that bares witness to a creative process full of love, panache and grandeur, with tales of love and defeat, of heartaches and joys. You will fall in love, just like I did, and find yourself in fine, aesthetic and intelligent company with Christopher Norman’s “Process”.

Check out Lost In Sound’s interview with Christopher Norman about “Process”

Top 25 of 2012

Top 25 of 2012

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01 Christopher Norman & The Reverb Junkie – You Don’t Know  (Alin Dimitriu remix)
This one just blew my mind completely. The vocals really shine in Alin’s heartfelt orchestration. Foreverlove!

02 Moon Boots – Sugar
Summer anthem of 2012. Brilliant hook and cunning use of the Janet factor!

03 Todd Terje – Inspector Norse
Another anthem from the Menergetic king of disco-swag Todd Terje himself!

04 Özgür Can feat. Rasmus Kellerman – The Kings
Finally the blip blop master of the Öz released his debut album! Huuuuuge track!

05 Jonas Rathsman – Since I Don’t Have You
French Express kept on dominating all through 2012. World domination imminent with this stomper!

06 Perseus – Seychelles
Yet more French Express. The head honcho himself with this Balearic track full of sun and juices!

07 Isaac Tichauer – Every Word
Isaac blew my mind with his remix for Tony Betties, but this is in a completely different league!

08 The Supermen Lovers – Say No More (Jupiter Remix)
Those frenchies know how to create energetic hooks!

09 Speech Debelle – I’m With It (Louis La Roche Remix)
Quite unique take on how to remix a hip hoppy rap track. Supremely executed by the Roche himself!

10 Jakwob – Electrify (Sega Bodega remix)
We don’t like dub-step. So it’s something rather special when a dub-step track ends up on our top of the year list!

11 Jupiter – One O Six (A.N.D.Y. Remix)
A.N.D.Y.’s really got his thing down over the course of 2012. This one marked a highpoint!

12 Van She – Jamaica (Plastic Plates Remix)
The producer of the year 2012 has got to be Plastic Plates. The way he just kept topping himself is UNCANNY!

13 Imogen Heap – Hide And Seek (End The Noise Remix)
This one was quite a find I still feel. How lucky that End The Noise let audioavalon.com have the exclusives for this before anybody else.

14 Bryan Ferry – Alphaville (Todd Terje remix)
The Terjelator at his thing again. This time he took the Ferry.

15 Drop Out Orchestra ft. Christopher Norman – In The Dark
What can I say? I Love D O O, and I love Chris! So when they team up magic happens!

16 Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know (Klar & PF Remix)
The most played song of 2012 in the only remix that didn’t get played nowhere near enough. Klar & PF are a duo to watch!

17 Goldroom – Fifteen
Goldroom didn’t release his remix for Alpine’s ‘Hands’. I’m still a bit cross about that. But this one’s a nice band aid on that unhealing wound.

18 Munk & Peaches – You Can’t Run From My Love (Classixx Remix)
Classixx have been favorites of mine for years. They have a great way of reinventing themselves and their sound.

19 Ben Browning – Feels Like
Sing-a-long of the year. Happy time!

20 Perseus – Love In Zanzibar
Deep and delicious chords served with a slice of lemon.

21 ColeCo – Ricky Smiley
This one was everywhere this summer. Respect!

22 Collage – Romeo Where’s Juliet? (SYE ‘Dub Like The Romans Do’ Edit)
Quite a catch in my opinion. Great great edit!

23 Nine Lives feat Jaki Graham – 1985 (Drop Out Orchestra Remix)
D O O! Do the voodoo you do!

24 Chris Malinchak – There I Was (Original Mix)
Proper Malinchak-attack!

25 The Rapture – In The Grace Of Your Love (Poolside Remix)
It was way too hard to get this one here in Euroland. Still on my playlists!

Christopher Norman & The Reverb Junkie – You Don't Know (Alin Dimitriu remix)

Today’s the day! It’s finally here! The Alin Dimitriu remix of ‘You Don’t Know’!! Tune of the year for me for sure. So why not move the cursor here to go and name your price and get the whole ‘All The Pretty People EP’ TODAY? DO IT!

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Check out the live version:

Christopher Norman & The Reverb Junkie – All The Pretty People EP >>updated!

Remember my interview with Christopher Norman? He mentioned some upcoming projects. Here’s what he was on about!
Brace yourselves for this one! Coming up 28 August. Not only are you getting four sublime electropop bombs, you’re also getting what to me is one of the top three tracks of the year already: Alin Dimitriu‘s remix of ‘You Don’t Know‘ which is one of the finest remixes I’ve ever heard. I’ll see what I can do to get a teaser up here. In the meanwhile why not have a listen to You Don’t Know in the original mix by mr. Norman & TRJ here?
Update! Superspecialexclusive 30 second teaser clip of the splentacular Alin Dimitriu remix of ‘You Don’t Know

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[Interview] Christopher Norman

Christopher Norman has been one of my friends since around 2005. At the time I got to know him he was part of the creative producers getting exposure and releases via the Scandinavian label/community Dumb & Furry (Dumb Dan, Özgür Can & Stian Klo). He was then known as Retrobyte. I have followed Christopher’s carrer closely ever since. He’s never stopped to amaze and impress me. Since 2005 a lot has happened to Mr. Norman’s sound. I caught up with him and had the chance to fire some questions at him:
 
 
Hi Christopher! You’ve been turning heads with your stunning EPs that you began to release in 2011. Tell us a bit about where you’re coming from musically and the background you draw inspiration from.
Hi Ken! Thanks for having me on!
I like to describe my music as an even mix of the organic and the electronic – electropop with depth!  My background as a producer lies chiefly in dance music – I started DJing and producing under the name “Retrobyte” in 2005.  The electronic streak continues to this day – regardless of what I produce that influence always ends up percolating to the surface.
 

EP1
 
Some of the motifs in your songs come from a place where desire blends with heartache and loneliness. Tell us about that place.Writing for me became a way to sort through an onslaught of feelings and pinpoint the emotions that matter.  Sometimes things can be overwhelming, but when I strip back the layers I can see that at the core is usually one thing, one feeling that is at the core of it all.  Once you know it’s about feeling left out, or being lonely, or whatever you’re complicating, it gets a little easier – my songs tend to become distillations of those feelings, organized in a way that makes it easier to digest and understand something. Basically, you need to visit and embrace that place from time to time in order to come full circle on things.
 
There’s quite a pop tinge to your songs. What’s your take on pop music? What justification does it have in a world where individualism and cynicism seems to be on the top of the agenda?
Such good questions 🙂 I like a lot of pop music – I just hate when I get past the hook and I realize what i’m singing is complete nonsense.  Good pop music should grab you instantly, but by the 10th play you’re listening on another level, resonating with the lyrics, etc… Most Top 40 pop here in the States is quite superficial, I think a lot of it feels disingenuous.  Then there’s somebody like Fiona Apple that comes along and just keeps it completely real.  There’s always room for good pop in the world! 
 
You seem to enjoy a lot of different setups music wise, from piano and guitar driven to synthy tech house. Are there limits, or do you tend to reach for the horizon?
The only limits are the ones you place on yourself! I Since I come from dance music I think I”ll always make it in some degree, but I also look forward to times when I can get out of my comfort zone and do something I haven’t done before.  For my production work I bop all around thru a bunch of styles, it keeps things interesting! I like to have my hands in a lot of different honeypots so to speak.
 

EP2
 
Creating EP 2
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You’ve worked with Drop Out Orchestra on several occasions. How does a deal like that usually go down? They send you a rough sketch and then you start singing? How does the magic happen?
They’re such great guys! They send me an instrumental idea to brainstorm ideas to, and after agreeing on a vibe/lyric idea I’ll track it and send it off to them.  They do most the magic in their mystery studio in Sweden!  It’s fun to take off my producer hat for a bit – it lets me flex a different set of muscles.
 
 What other acts and artists have you worked with? And what’s in the pipeline in the near future?
I just co-produced/remixed/mastered an Oakland artist by the name of Hopscotch – we shacked up in a Portland studio for a week to crunch that record out and it was a blast.  I’m also doing collaboration EPs with both The Reverb Junkie (from DOO’s “Sun Machine”) and a singer/songwriter in town here named Abigail Stauffer. A couple more guest vox and courting spots too – lots of little stuff.  There’s another solo project on the horizon, but I won’t say too much about that until I know what it is!
 
You’ve had your first successes performing live. What do you go for when you’re face to face with your audience? Are you getting comfortable or is it still like entering a trapeze without a safety net (if it ever were)?
After doing my solo act for about a year I’ve finally gotten comfortable performing! It used to make me really nervous, but now I feel really empowered and energized from it. There’s still a sense of “holy crap, something could go wrong at ANY MINUTE” – kind of like you’re surfing on a wave that will inevitably come crashing down – but it’s a motivating feeling, not a crushing one. I just need a scotch first and I’m good to go!
 
 
I know a big inspiration to you is iamamiwhoami. What else is tickling your fancy artistically?
Man, I really have talked everyone’s ear off about them, yeah? My boyfriend is sick of hearing me go on!  The new Metric album is eating my brain (check out “Clone” and “Lost Kitten”.  I always have some scandinavian pop in rotation too – Little Dragon, Lykke Li, Miike Snow.
 
The remixes of your tracks are often in the faster paced, harder end of the scale. Who’s on your ‘I-would-love-a-remix-from’-list?
Stimming – he’s a German tech house producer. I buy pretty much everything he does without even listening to it 😛  I would also kill for a remix from Jacques Lu Cont or Plastic Plates. Or Punks Jump Up.
 
 
You use facebook and BandPage as your major platforms. Where do you stand on the music industry’s way of reaching the masses contra how you go about it? Have the labels had their time, or do they still have time to catch the train again?
We could go on for pages about this 🙂 I’m mostly happy that I’m around in a time when the artist is so empowered.  There’ll always be a place for the labels – I think as we move into an age where music curation is increasingly necessary (due to the monster influx of music with which to listen) we’re gonna see more labels move into that role, offering support when needed (distribution, occasional $$) and letting their artists do their thing.
 
You created a mixtape for audioavalon. Tell us a bit on your thoughts and emotions creating it.
It’s summer! Not all this stuff is super recent, but it’s perfect for dropping on your MP3 player and going for a beautiful walk or drive 🙂
Thanks for taking the time to talk to us, Chris!
 
Christopher Norman – Mixtape for audioavalon.com *exclusive*:
01. Body Language – Social Studies (Plastic Plates Remix)
02. Metronomy – The Bay (Erol Alkan’s Extended Rework)
03. Lana Del Rey – Blue Jeans (Penguin Prison Remix)
04. Oh Land – Sun Of A Gun (Yuksek Remix)
05. Chrome Sparks – ❤ & Soul (Christopher Norman Remix)
06. Drop Out Orchestra – It Will Never Be The Same Again (Punks Jump Up Remix)
07. iamamiwhoami – goods
08. Nightlife – On The Run
09. Christopher Norman – Word Of Prey (Kotov & Andre Wilde Remix)
10. Christopher Norman & The Reverb Junkie – You Don’t Know
11. Metric – Police & The Private (Christopher Norman Bootleg Mix)
12. Christopher Norman – The Fall (Saturday Monday Remix)
 
More Christopher Norman:
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Connect Me

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 The magnificent Christopher Norman is back with the first track from his highly anticipated EP 3! Connect Me is sensual blend of crunch, bleep and pop… Crunch-Bleep-Pop? Stellar lyrics and vocals to boot. Lean back, listen and float away! Audio Love!