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Jacco Gardner

Here we have 16 minutes of new music from Jacco Gardner out June 14th. Listen to Side A, Fading Cosmos, now.

Jacco follows up 2018’s sonically adventurous, instrumental album “Somnium” with a new 16 minute EP “Fading Cosmos.” Written and recorded during the “Somnium” sessions in Lisbon, Portugal, Jacco looks to the stars once again for inspiration. Where Somnium was deeply influenced by Kepler and his stargazing innovations, Fading Cosmos asks “what’s next?”

Korg synths bubble and fizz, basslines carry the groove and a beautifully picked acoustic guitar line comes together to bring to mind the work of Michael Rother and Conrad Schnitzler but with the lightness of one of Jacco’s big inspirations – The two tracks were mastered by Simon Heyworth (Eno, Oldfield, King Crimson) and are cut at 45rpm on black vinyl.

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Jacco Gardner is a baroque pop multi instrumentalist. He creates a unique sound by combining the sounds of harpsichord, strings, flutes and other classical instruments with raw psychedelic effects.

releases June 14th, 2019

Somnium by Jacco Gardner on fulltimehobby.co.uk

Described by its architect as “a voyage into the deepest corners of your mind”, Somnium is a 43 minute journey into the unknown, conjured in Jacco’s new Lisbon studio utilising his collection of analogue synthesisers. Where as on previous albums Jacco found inspiration in the baroque side of psychedelia, Somnium is more in line with the progressive studio adventures of European electronic experimentalists Cluster, Bo Hansson, Vangelis, Tangerine Dream, Eno and Mike Oldfield (the album was in fact mastered by Simon Heyworth whose production credits include the latter three). And whilst it is an album which takes inspiration from experimental music’s past, it also exists as a futuristic pursuit. “The past has always felt very much alive to me and so full of mystery that I have to conclude that the present and the future are probably no different,”

Jacco explains.

As for the album being completely instrumental, this is linked to the idea of voyaging inside one’s own mind in a more complete way. “I deliberately removed my voice from the experience as it made it more difficult for me to achieve the intended state of mind. I think it makes the journey more interesting, more deep, and more intimate. I didn’t feel the need to show my face while one drifts away into thought. Somnium is a visionary experience. The album is more than just a trip, it is about contact with a deeper – hidden – reality.”

“if Radiohead had the balls to release this, we’d be talking about “Somnium” as a classic” – Loud & Quiet

Jacco Gardner’s third album “Somnium” is out now

“Somnium” is a nod to the novel of the same name, written in 1608 by Johannes Kepler and is regarded as the first ever science fiction novel. “This book fascinates me because it was basically Kepler travelling in his mind to a non-existent world while describing it, and his journey, with amazing detail. Many of his imagined sensations are actually really what happens when one travels into space, which happened almost four hundred years later. You could call it a vision of the future through his dreams, and I find this aspect very mysterious and powerful.”

This form of mind travel is what Jacco has set out to create in a sonic, almost alchemic, capacity. Hence the reason for his vocals to be left out of this spiritual journey. “I deliberately removed my voice from the experience, as it made it more difficult for me to achieve the intended state of mind. I think it makes the journey more interesting, more deep, and more intimate. I didn’t feel the need to show my face while one drifts away into thought. Somnium is a visionary experience. The album is more than just a trip, it is about contact with a deeper – hidden – reality.”

If the concepts behind this record sound otherworldly and intricately woven then Jacco has also succeeded in making a record that does the same. Analogue synths hum and glide pristinely, bass lines dance buoyantly, dense atmospheres build and form and thoughtfully crafted melodies come and go, floating around as though in space. There are nods to early pioneers of such dreamlike ambience and cosmic exploration – Bo Hansson, Vangelis, Cluster, Tangerine Dream, Eno and Oldfield (the album was mastered by Simon Heyworth whose production credits include the latter three, including Tubular Bells) – but it also exists as a futuristic pursuit, one that is chasing something ahead as well as exploring the past. This is because to Jacco both are equally valid. “The past has always felt very much alive to me and so full of mystery that I have to conclude that the present and the future are probably no different.” 

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Now living in Lisbon and immersed in literature, cinema, philosophy and with new winding streets to wander, Gardner’s ideal listening scenario is to take the album for a walk yourselves, consume it complete and without interruption. “Somnium could be seen as a tribute to the album, a dying format in today’s fast-paced society. It can often be difficult to enjoy a meaningful uninterrupted moment. This album is where true mystery and wonder is waiting to be discovered.”

releases November 23, 2018

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Jacco Gardner has announced his new album “Somnium” for release on 23rd November.

Gardner has been known to create swirling psychedelic pop boosted by his rich, resonate and baroque voice but on his third album, his vocals are gone and in their place is an equally seamless melodic exploration but an instrumental one, with a synthesized occult edge. Somnium is a nod to the novel of the same name, written in 1608 by Johannes Kepler and is regarded as the first ever science fiction novel. “This book fascinates me because it was basically Kepler travelling in his mind to a non-existent world while describing it, and his journey, with amazing detail.”

This form of mind travel is what Jacco has set out to create in a sonic, almost alchemic, capacity. Hence the reason for his vocals being left out of this spiritual journey. “I deliberately removed my voice from the experience, as it made it more difficult for me to achieve the intended state of mind. I think it makes the journey more interesting, more deep, and more intimate. I didn’t feel the need to show my face while one drifts away into thought. Somnium is a visionary experience. The album is more than just a trip, it is about contact with a deeper – hidden – reality.”

Now living in Lisbon and immersed in literature, cinema, philosophy and with new winding streets to wander, Gardner’s ideal listening scenario is to take the album for a walk yourselves, consume it complete and without interruption.

“Somnium could be seen as a tribute to the album, a dying format in today’s fast-paced society. It can often be difficult to enjoy a meaningful uninterrupted moment. This album is where true mystery and wonder is waiting to be discovered.”

Jacco has plans to bring Somnium on the road early next year and promises to be the perfect accompaniment to this exceptional listening experience.

The upcoming album “Somnium”, out November 23.