Connan Mockasin, New Zealand’s psych pop virtuoso announces the long awaited release of CARAMEL SPECIAL EDITION. The album will be available on Friday 23 January.
The CARAMEL SPECIAL EDITION will drip with extra sweetness, featuring never-before-seen artwork and three new tracks including the popular ‘Do I Make You Feel Shy’ sung in Japanese by Mockasin.
Some musicians know where they’re from and where they’re going, and why. Others, such as Connan Mockasin, can only work from instinct, not only disinterested in the bigger picture as unable to see it. Take Mockasin’s first album, FOREVER DOLPHIN LOVE, which he only wrote and recorded because his mother suggested it. Second album CARAMEL was triggered because he liked the onomatopoeic quality of the word, and the music and words just followed.
Also available again is first album FOREVER DOLPHIN LOVE. It was FOREVER DOLPHIN LOVE that pricked the ears of Erol Alkan, who promptly signed Connan on the spot to his (then) new label, Phantasy. Erol’s 10-minute rework of the album title track became a regular hallmark of his DJ gigs and soon artists such as Radiohead, Grizzly Bear, The Horrors, Django Django were citing Connan as an artist they most admired, in various press interviews.
Mockasin remains what Clash Music called “a true cosmonaut of inner space” CARAMEL explores different regions of his galaxy, not just soul but a liquefied brew of blues, funk, ambient and folk with pronounced Oriental and Gallic timbres, all laced with an uncanny air of bliss.
In addition to supporting Radiohead on their 2012 Australian tour, Mockasin wrote more material for Charlotte Gainsbourg after penning the exquisite ‘Out Of Touch’ for the actress/singer’s 2012 mini-album STAGE WHISPER. Already popular in France – “it felt like they immediately understood what I was doing” – and their on-going collaboration only endeared him more to the French. It’s another sign that Mockasin is going places, but at his own pace.
Pre-order CARAMEL SPECIAL EDITION from iTunes here.
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