‘Birdsong’, the latest taste of Claptone’s forthcoming second album, ‘Fantast’, features vocals by indie/electronic band, Zola Blood, the four-piece who in 2017 released their debut album, ‘Infinite Games’. Painted as a mythical character shrouded in mystery, Claptone has possibly become one of the biggest names in electronic music whilst himself remaining in the shadows. In his second artist album he is the master of his domain and in his most artful offering yet, the album’s 13 tracks come together to create a production full of varied colours and atmospheric textures.
Claptone has brought together a diverse group of collaborators such as Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke, Blaenavon, Tender, Jones, Zola Blood, Austra’s Katie Stelmanis, The Boxer Rebellion’s Nathan Nicholson, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Joan as a Police Woman and Matt Simons.
Claptone: “Over the last two years it has been a great pleasure to work on this album as a counterpoint to the hectic world of travelling as a DJ. To lose myself when making music, to dive into and create my very own realm of beauty. I admit it's a dreamy, a heartfelt, at times a naive and surely escapist album, but what to do if one - on the quest for his soul - develops a strong desire to go back to his roots, back to nature? Did I find myself on that journey? Rather not. But I found some beautiful moments in the green, out in the woods, out in the fields, under the moon and in the night, moments, which I want to share with you. And there is one thing I learned and now it can be told, I am and have always been a Fantast.”
His debut artist album 'Charmer' has scored over 60 million streams, but it’s in ‘Fantast’ that he really delves deeper into the art of songwriting.
2018 will see another year of touring as a DJ, taking his immersive 'The Masquerade' event experience further, having built momentum over the last 18 months hosting events and stages in Los Angeles, Berlin, Paris, Melbourne, Barcelona and New York and at festivals like Tomorrowland, Melt Festival, Elrow at Amnesia Ibiza, Green Valley in Brazil.