Poppy Ackroyd is a classically trained pianist, violinist, producer, and composer, whose last work, Resolve, was a thing of absolute beauty. If you’re a fan of calming but never dull modern ambient / classical recordings and you haven’t heard the album yet it comes hugely recommended – I’d put it up there with the likes of Nils Frahm and Max Richter. It almost made my Top 10 albums of 2018 list.
Now comes news of Resolve Reimagined, a remix project of the original record featuring reworked versions of the tracks from the likes of Hauschka, Ben Lukas Boysen, and Hidden Orchestra released on the 22nd February 2019. The opening piece Paper has been re-engineered by Max Cooper and it’s hugely impressive. If ever there was such a thing as a calm banger, this is it. Cooper retains much of the looping piano and beats and clicks of the original but then adds extra electronic layers, pulses and small effects that leave the track in a very different space from where it started. I don’t feature many remixes on Breaking More Waves, but where like this they truly add something, they deserve to be listened to. Immersive stuff.
Poppy is on tour in February including a number of UK shows, which finish in her home town of Brighton on 22nd February.
Poppy Ackroyd - Paper (Max Cooper Remix)