People always say don’t wish your life away, but we’ve been counting down the days since Simon Green – better known as Bonobo – announced his return to the banks of the Tyne. On Friday 3rd March, The Sage Gateshead will be alive with the sound of ambient, electronic music from Green’s latest album, Migration.
“Music is a reflection of life,” according to Green, explaining the dynamics of the album. Notably more down-tempo than his previous album The North Borders, he succeeds in channelling many strands of human emotion through his work. The music video for single Kerala depicts scenes of madness and confusion, while a recent bereavement may explain some of the more pensive and gentle tracks.
There’ll still be plenty of hands-in-the-air moments to accompany these more dulcet numbers, though. His music continues to chronicle themes of travel, culture and as his latest album title might suggest, migration. The album boasts a myriad of collaborations, like passport stamps from all corners of the world, with geographical influences and sounds from India, Canada, Australia and guest vocals from Moroccan band Innov Gnawa, as well as a sample from classic R’n’B vocalist Brandy. You can be sure this will be quite the journey.