Derek Piotr returns with a new solo album in 2015. Bahar, his fifth, finds Piotr delivering unfussy, straightforward beatwork and his most direct and confident vocal lines to date. The album title, as with many of Piotr's titles, can be interpreted several ways. In Turkish, Bahar means "spring”, but can also be translated from Maltese to mean "sea".
The album was recorded with four woodwind players and showcases Piotr's classical training for the first time in his solo career. Since AGORA, Piotr has eschewed conventional notation in favor of intuitive and electroacoustic composition processes, but Bahar marks a return to his formal education.
Bahar follows the 2014 release of Tempatempat, which was released on MonotypeRec to critical acclaim (“one-of-a-kind sound” -XLR8R, “a whole, deliberate and clear agenda” -ATTN:Mag). Piotr abandons Tempatempat‘s complex programming and abstract vocal play in favor of blunt outsider pop with personal lyrical content. From the jerky, Herbert-leaning skronk of “Tone Offering” to the hypnotic Persian rhythms of the album’s centerpiece, “Sunlight, Fruit Trees”, and near-samba shuffle of “Tennis”, this is Piotr at his most assured.
"a beautiful amalgamation of sound design"
"a most intriguing mix of electronic pop song and acoustic composition"
– BBC Radio 3
"multi-talent…combines elements of electro-acoustic composition with peculiar vocal lines"
"the music flows through him with purpose and intent, and does so at an effortless clip"
– Critical Masses
"there are few constructs here that have been heard before – and that makes him something of a maverick producer"
– Zap! Bang!
"adding confusion to the notion of pop music...all excellent stuff"
– Vital Weekly
released May 5, 2015
composed, produced & performed by Derek Piotr
Ivan Cheng, Clarinet (tracks 4, 7, 8)
David Elkin-Ginnetti, Bass Clarinet (tracks 2, 6) & Saxophone (track 6)
Zach Thorpe, Flute (tracks 5, 8)
Sam White, Oboe (track 6)
cover concept by Derek Piotr
cover image by Antye Greie-Ripatti
based on video by Derek Piotr