Veteran bass producer A Hundred Drums has delivered a new kind of sound with her latest release Sonder! Gabrielle Watson, operating as AHD, has been dazzling audiences since 2006 with her genre-defying […]
Veteran bass producer A Hundred Drums has delivered a new kind of sound with her latest release Sonder!
Gabrielle Watson, operating as AHD, has been dazzling audiences since 2006 with her genre-defying sounds and seductive live sets. She has kept her foot on the gas throughout 2020 with the release of a self-titled LP and subsequent singles “19,” “Deception,” and “Bonded.”
While her hypnotic music notoriously connects heartbeats to the dancefloor, the latest EP is a thematic departure from her typical wheelhouse.
Sonder is a three track lofi EP – the first of such a genre venture for Watson. Although the music contrasts her regular releases, the EP nevertheless embodies the rich and evocative compositions that AHD has become known for.
The EP is out today – October 2nd – as an exclusive release through Bandcamp. 100% of purchases made today will go directly to A Hundred Drums!
Deprived of live shows, AHD has re-invented her sound in an intimate way to stay engaged with audiences emotionally. Her multi-instrumental abilities are on full display in the wistful track “Death Valley“ whose plucked acoustic musings float over a back drop of reverberating percussion.
Subsequent tracks “The World” and “Reminiscence” have a more pure electronic edge with emphasis on the inclusion of spritely synths; however, they are both nevertheless unique and inventive. None are perhaps as adventurous as the cultural hodge-podge that is “Reminiscence” – blending Eastern influenced strings with clean trumpet fanfare.
Explaining the process and inspiration for her metamorphosis, A Hundred Drums had the following to say about the EP:
“I’m in the midst of the longest drought of playing on big sound systems to a live audience I’ve had since I started DJ’ing a decade ago. Not only is it hard on my soul to not be able to perform my craft for an audience, but it’s been nearly impossible to get inspired to make bangerz when I can’t even play them out! But what are challenges if not opportunities in disguise? During this time I’ve been able to harness my deep love for study music and use that energy to get into the studio and develop a whole new arsenal of more melodic, rootsy, and soulful tunes. I can’t wait to share this new side of the AHD project with all the fans, and I hope you love it as much as the songs that made you a fan in the first place.” – A Hundred Drums