Fri. Dec 1st, 2023

Trailblazing modern composer Carlos Simon has launched “Love Is Stronger Than Pleasure,” the second single from his upcoming album Collectively.

Pulling inspiration from Sade’s tune of the identical identify, Simon gracefully reworks the ballad right into a spell-binding piano-only composition. Simon’s delicate association evokes the easy however highly effective message that love is resilient and stronger than pleasure. Test it out beneath.

Carlos Simon on the discharge: “This album is a coming collectively after being separated for thus lengthy. It’s a coming collectively to share new concepts and experiences by music. It’s a coming collectively to heal and to assist others. It’s a coming collectively to sharpen each other.”

Arriving September 8 through Decca Classics, Collectively is the follow-up to Simon’s critically-acclaimed Grammy-nominated debut Requiem for the Enslaved. From the hymns that he grew up singing, enjoying, and listening to like “Superb Grace” and “Angels In Heaven” which converse of transformation, to “Touring Tune” and “Between Worlds” which converse of touring between two completely different places (geographically, socially, and spiritually), the various threads that make up the material of Simon’s multifaceted life are woven into this new physique of labor.

Along with acting on a number of tracks, Simon has enlisted violinist and fellow Decca recording artist Randall Goosby, Grammy Award-winning mezzo J’Nai Bridges, Grammy Award-winning baritone Will Liverman, and Grammy-nominated rising star cellist Seth Parker Woods. The album additionally options contributions from the Carlos Simon Collective, a bunch that Simon based and carried out. Made up of Chicago’s greatest freelance artists, the collective is headed up by fellow Grammy-nominated, acclaimed composer, violinist, educator, and pal Jessie Montgomery.

Simon’s ardour for social justice shines by in his compositions. His work tackles complicated themes that embody migration, belonging, and neighborhood—particularly illuminating the transatlantic slave commerce, the Jim and Jane Crow period, and the injustice folks of African ancestry face at this time. His music possesses each classical textures and constructions in a recent aesthetic alongside sturdy jazz, hip-hop, and heavy gospel influences.

Pre-order Collectively.

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