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Sounds | Alva Noto, A Forest


Klassiekers zijn er om geëerd te worden. Alva Noto, het project achter de Duitser Carsten Nicolai, brengt exact 40 jaar na The Cure dit meesterwerk opnieuw tot leven in een 10 minuten ambient versie waar geen beat aan te pas komt en ons toch de hele tijd begeesterd aan de luidsprekers kluistert. We kenden de man al eerder van zijn magistrale samenwerkingen met Blixa Bargeld (Einstürzende Neubauten en ex-Bad Seed) en de Japanse meester composer Ryuichi Sakamoto.



ter info The NOTON boss has released a beatless version of the gothic rock masterpiece, which turns 40 this year.

Alva Noto has covered "A Forest" by The Cure. The new version, which has been approved by the band's frontman Robert Smith, is beatless and ten minutes long. Out now on NOTON, it's available digitally and on vinyl via the Bleep store. "I was 15 years old when the song was released," Nicolai says. "At the time my desire for good music started to grow, and, of course, I would look for sounds that reflected the time and age I was living. 'A Forest' is now a classic, and I can't think of another song which could be more representative of the band than this single—40 years after its release, I still bow to it and feel grateful that it exists."

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