Earlier this month, Ferry Corsten announced he was starting a new project, Ferr. The Dutch producer/DJ penned an open letter that he shared on his socials stating his intention to start making music for himself. Ferry cited his recently discovered passion for cinematic and experimental music as an inspiration for the project. Fans got a taste of what was to come with the release of the first three singles, “Dark Water,” “Sehnsucht” and “When Thoughts Become You.” Now the album As Above So Below is available in full.
Spanning 15 tracks, As Above So Below is like nothing Ferry Corsten fans have ever heard before. Ferry creates a vast and sprawling ambient soundscape. The music is both epic and cinematic in feel, however, it’s very introspective. As I was listening to the album, I found myself just kind of staring off outside my window. The mood of the album is very appropriate considering our era of self-quarantine we’re living in right now. I think the lingering cold weather here in Southern California also enhanced the mood of the tracks. I imagined a cold vast landscape during the listening experience as evidenced by the visuals that Ferry’s posted on his socials promoting the album.
Ferry’s hardcore fans might recall that he actually did the score for the 2018 Irish indie film Don’t Go. It seems like a safe assumption that that experience helped sow the seeds for what we’re hearing on As Above So Below. Most of the tracks feature only piano and very minimal production in the background. In fact, the leadoff single “Dark Water” is probably about as close to an EDM song as there is on the album; it’s one of the few that actually features synths. “When Thoughts Become You” is on the opposite end of the spectrum for the album as it is a painfully beautiful piano sonnet.
Here’s what Ferry had to say about how he approached this new album and project:
I normally produce with a certain structure in mind, which is mostly designed for the
dancefloor amongst other things. For this album, however, I went in with a completely blank
piece of paper, shut off the autopilot and just went with the flow. No rules, no overthinking.
Just let it come naturally. That was one of the biggest changes to how I approached the whole
process of making this album.
Listen to Ferr by Ferry Corsten’s album, As Above So Below, out now on Flashover/Armada and find tranquility in the midst of the chaos.