Claptone – Puppet Theater ft Peter Bjorn and John
It’s rare that the words “somber” and “funky” can be used in conjunction. Claptone has provided just such an elusive opportunity with Puppet Theatre, the first single from his upcoming album, featuring Peter, Bjorn, & John. By now, we’ve all become used to hearing solid work from the Berlin-based producer, but this work is something different. Eschewing a sample-based approach from tracks like Cream for something decidedly more organic, Claptone creates a sound palette that carries substantially more gravity than his previous work.
The melancholic piano sets the tone at the outset, bolstered by raw vocal lines, devoid of harmony or extensive processing. Meanwhile, the funky guitar in the background keeps the feeling from being too depressing, reminding the listener that this is indeed a dance track, and Claptone is indeed a dance producer. With lyrics like “bringing out the old and shining in the new,” and “Do you know why we all look the same,” Claptone suggests directly that old and stagnant methods and practices be discarded to make way for a new age.
Could Claptone be telling us his feelings on the state of the music industry, or is this something more personal and introspective? Either way, as a preview of a new album promising a new sound, Puppet Theatre performs admirably. Look for Puppet Theatre On Beatport, along with the rest of Claptone’s upcoming album, ‘Charmer,’ coming out on Different Records on October 16th.
Co-written by Aj Katsinas of enZYM