The UK native, LA-based artist Bonobo, also known as Simon Green, released his sixth album on January 13th: Migration. Green’s mastery of his brand of electronic music is well-known and reiterated with each album, one of his most notable being 2010’s Black Sands. For an artist to repeatedly change and evolve in his craft, and then to release a product that matches his past work’s level of success or more, is a unique and incredible feat. Green seems to have done this again with Migration.
In an interview with Ninja Tune, both an online publication and recording label, Green explains the theme for this album was heavily influenced by the passing of a close family member in the past year.
“My Family and I are all disbanded and spread to far corners of the earth,” said Green. “In the end we did the funeral in Brighton. My own personal idea of identity, where I am from, and what home is, has played into this record and its migratory themes. Is home where you are or where you are from, when you move around?”
The idea of home and distance seem to recur throughout Migration as a work. Expansive songs like the first track of the album, titled “Migration”, feature ever-expanding piano melodies, crescending over and beyond into the tracks that follow. Suddenly, at “Second Sun”, the record settles into a lullaby of soft guitar and steel triangle. The twelve tracks are themselves migratory, allowing the listener to follow Green on his own exploration of what “home” means.