From: Vienna, Austria
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With “Songs of Vienna” the second studio album of the sought-after producer, musician and songwriter CID RIM will be released on the Scottish label LuckyMe. The Viennese-born producer – who now shuttles back and forth between his hometown, London and Los Angeles – stays true to his drum-driven blend of jazz and electronic music, but still does a lot of things differently this time. At the core of each track on the album is an idea that originated on an old analog synthesizer. In each studio where CID RIM has recorded over the past two years, he took time for a short, hour-long session, recorded live and direct. These ideas turned into an album in Vienna that embodies not only CID RIM’s sound, but also that of his hometown.
From the almost baroque dance epic “Paul’s” to the floating “Last Snow” to the staccato hammering “Blame”, CID RIM takes you from gliding along to extremely danceable on 11 tracks. (Almost) for the first time, CID RIM also sings his own lyrics on the album: With topics ranging from purgatory to climate change, but always cryptic enough to never become cheesy. With “Songs of Vienna” CID RIM arrives at himself, only to powerfully blow his music out into the world again. Having worked with artists like the Gorillaz, Sky Ferrera, The 1975 and Theophilus London, he takes the listener on a psychedelic journey. Sometimes relaxed, sometimes baroque, sometimes underground. Much like the city that gives the album its name.
CID RIM, whose real name is Clemens Bacher, grew up in Vienna, learned the piano and drums at an early age, and studied jazz drums at the Vienna Conservatory. Together with friends and comrades he founded the label Affine Records. Under the artist name CID RIM, Bacher tours South Africa several times starting in 2012, also at the invitation of “Damon Albarn’s Africa Express,” in the context of which he collaborates with Brian Eno, Idris Elba and the musicians of the Gorillaz, among others. He wins Gilles Peterson’s World Wide Award for the official remix of Chvrches’ “Recover” and subsequently works with internationally renowned artists such as Sky Ferrera, The 1975 and Theophilus London. In 2017, his debut album “Material” is released on the Scottish label LuckyMe, followed by the “Control” EP in 2019. In the autumn of 2021, CID RIM will release his second album, “Songs of Vienna”. The back cover boldly claims: “A psychedelic ride from the Austrian capital”.