ALBUM: MUSIC FOR KEYBOARDS VOL. II: VARIATIONS OF WHAT'S MY AGE AGAIN
LABEL (YEAR): HIPPOS IN TANKS (2012)
FOR FANS OF: NILS FRAHM, BLINK 182, KEITH JARRETT
Words by Jasper Morvaridi
At first glance, with the title referencing Blink 182’s ‘What’s My Age Again’, you’d expect this album to be something of a novelty. Surprisingly, however, d’Eon extracts 14 variations of Blink’s famed song to provide a record that is unique, and far from the original.
Drawing upon inspiration from the chord progressions and melodies of 'What’s My Age Again', Music for Keyboards Vol. II is an exercise that looks at the Blink 182 song from a number of abstract angles. Despite its provenance in pop-punk, the various layers of keys form an album that is set worlds apart from the original; it is only 'Variation V' that sounds anything at all like the original Blink song. As a result, the record is both minimal and intimate.
Unlike the first instalment in d’Eon’s Music For Keyboards series, Vol. II is consistent in its use of the same keyboard sounds. This lends itself to the creation of a record comprised of coherent and beautiful melodies that build throughout. In so doing, it succeeds in creating a minimalistic album that stands alone from the Blink track it references, a project in its own right.
Released as a free ‘mixtape’ via Hippos in Tanks in 2012, this is a download that’s not to be missed.