Foreign Family Collective affiliate ford. marks his first solo release of 2020 with single ‘Living, Breathing’, out May 14th.
A departure from previous releases, ‘Living, Breathing’ sees ford. shift towards a more complex electronic sound – while losing none of the understated emotional power that makes his music so special.
“This track came together last year when I was on the road with Maribou State. Fortunately, I got a couple of off-days near the end of the run in Seattle and was able to utilize FFC’s studio for a few days”, says ford. “I remember messing with a synth and laying down a bunch of random messy ideas, stretching sounds out, and trying a bunch of sample processing things I had never done before. After consistently being on the move, it felt so good to be able to wind down for a minute, take a step back from the shows, and just feel like I could sonically explore. That doodling eventually turned into what is ‘Living, Breathing’ today”, he adds.
Born in Paris to American parents, raised in Frankfurt, Switzerland, Singapore and now residing in Utah, 20-year-old ford.’s eclectic upbringing has been instrumental in shaping his musical perspective. Since signing with Foreign Family Collective in 2018, he has amassed over 25 million streams on debut album (The) Evening, secured spots on the Spotify Global Viral Charts and US New Music Friday, played Coachella and been hailed by Billboard as an artist to watch out for.
The release of ‘Living, Breathing’ comes during an exciting year for ford. His remix for ‘SWIM’ by Mild Minds received a Grammy nomination for ‘Best Remixed Recording’. ford. also released an EP with GOOD COMPANY, a collaborative project with sonn and Hanz. Fellow producers that met in a Soundcloud Facebook group and became friends, the trio came together for the first time at ODESZA / Foreign Family Collective’s studios in Seattle to create an EP in just seven days.
Shifting his sound towards a new creative direction, ‘Living, Breathing’ is a sign of things to come for ford. Through his life experiences connecting with different cultures, ideas, languages, and people are felt deeply through ford.’s music — a sound which even the most passive of listeners can hear and feel an emotive connection resonating throughout his music.
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