ROTW: Max Cooper - One Hundred Billion Sparks

Belfast’s own Max Cooper has brought us some beautiful music across the past decade, both aurally and visually. Though it is his latest album which really puts us wide eyed and paying keen attention. Following the 2013 release of Human and the 2016 release of Emergence, Max now shares his third long player with the world, One Hundred Billion Sparks. The 12 track album came to be after Max took one month to himself in a remote cottage in the Welsh hills, where he says he

ROTW: Max Cooper - One Hundred Billion Sparks

worked on ideas and projects with no solid goal in mind. Sonically it offers a unique experience, full of natural melodies, crisp percussion, vibrant harmonies and thick bass, a true display of what electronic music has to offer outside cheesy risers and over-compressed drops. Speaking on the album Max said “I’ve spent most of the last year working on a new LP, ‘One Hundred Billion Sparks’. I put everything I had into this one, and tried to be as musically honest as I could, I hope some of the ideas and feelings resonate with you.” The album is also paired with a world tour that will include shows in London, Budapest, Rome, Moscow, Paris, Amsterdam, Dublin, Berlin, Cologne and Melbourne among other cities. Listen to the album in full below.

Where to start:
‘Hope’ – Warm harmonies and day breaking sound design
‘Volition’ – Glitchy vocal samples, crunching percussion and soft basslines
‘Lovesong’ – Some of the best arrangement work on the album here

Previous from Max Cooper:
Emergence (2016, Mesh)
Human (2013, FIELDS)

If you like this then check out:
Jon Hopkins – Singularity (2018, Domino)
Stimming – Alpe Lusia (2016, Diynamic)

Max Cooper – One Hundred Billion Sparks is out now on his label Mesh.