City Jungle

IF 1064LP IF 1064LP

LP version. Renowned as an exhilarating solo live performer, Mischa Blanos makes the piano his own on his second album City Jungle, using it as rhythmic element, organic groove or drowned in noise, perfectly interplaying with free flowing, polyrhythmic percussion and morphing synths, to create his own unique musical force. From his early education through the release of two EPs, Second Nature (2018) and Indoors (2019), to the creation of City Jungle, Blanos has lived in various cities around the world and travelled through many others. Each city held "a unique atmosphere and pressure" as Blanos describes it, "each of them with new rules to follow and different rhythms to attune to." Sometimes traveling alone, Mischa Blanos was able to dissolve into the crowd -- to be an outsider exploring the depths of the huge, pulsing city organism. Often, he was traveling with fellow countrymen Cristi Cons and Vlad Caia, performing as one third of the influential "Ro-minimal" techno outfit Amorf, bringing his unique groove and musicality to their live shows at the world's most famous clubs. Taking in new musical and social influences, a new part of the artist within Blanos was growing: the need not just to perform on the piano, but to finally make it his own. In 2020, the global pandemic meant that Mischa Blanos found himself stuck in Bucharest, no longer able to travel. With a curfew in place between 9pm and 9am, he would spend long, solemn nights in his studio making music, letting the memories, the different rhythms and pressures of the cities and spaces that he used to explore, flow through him. You travel with Blanos from interconnectivity, globalism, humanity -- all the way to isolation, reflection, emptiness and bliss. City Jungle is an extensive exploration of all aspects of the modern age, but it is also a very personal one, born because Blanos was forced to stand still, to come face to face with himself. The result is, as always with Blanos, truly unique.