One year after Parasol Peak, Austrian London-based composer and producer Manu Delago announced the release of a new album. Circadian is out on September 13th via One Little Indian. According to the press release, it takes the listener through the cycle of sleep stages, emulating REM, light sleep, deep sleep and an abrupt awakening.
Delago was inspired by the concept of individual circadian rhythms, due in part to his own lack of sleep as an international touring musician with Björk, Olafur Arnalds, Cinematic Orchestra and Anoushka Shankar. “Before I made this album I had a phase of very intense touring with multiple trips to five different continents, without a break for several months“ said Delago, explaining the nocturnal theme of the record.
“It literally felt like touring with four bands simultaneously and in my dreams the music and crews started to commingle. I found it interesting how my brain was trying to digest all these experiences during sleep hours. In fact, during REM sleep the brain is very creative. In that stressful touring period, I started to consciously appreciate sleep and how much it contributes to mastering any challenge.”
“The Silent Flight Of The Owl” is the first excerpt. Listen below.