Elias Bender Rønnenfelt’s Collaborator CTM Returns With “Cézanne”

The experimental Danish artist lulls you through the darkness.

Copenhagen-based cellist, singer, and composer Cæcilie Trier has long been part of the rotating cast of players in Danish folk-pop ensemble Choir of Young Believers, and more recently formed part of Iceage frontman Elias Bender Rønnenfelt's project Marching Church; but by herself, she makes music as CTM. Following the downbeat pop of her 2012 song "Jewel," and 2013's Variations EP, she's returning next year with a sumptuous, paranoid mini-album inspired by Nabokov's Lolita, named—what else—Suite For A Young Girl.

Lead track "Cézanne," premiering below, is a nightmare lullaby crafted mostly from vocal samples, sitting somewhere between Imogen Heap and James Blake, but with a dramatic pull and a meandering curiosity all of its own. "'Cézanne' is a mysterious car ride through a grey mist, with a dramatic scenography of midi strings, piano outbursts and a silent fellow passenger," Trier told The FADER over email. "It comes from a suite of songs altogether forming a dramatic play on a backdrop of sound collages—patches of real life sounds, different musical styles ranging from the Bulgarian folk choir music, the classical impressionism, soul music etc. On top of this, a narrator leads you through the story [of Suite For A Young Girl], also with references to different works, for example Nabokov and Gertrude Stein."

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Danish label Tambourhinoceros will release CTM's Suite For A Young Girl on January 22nd; pre-order it here.

Elias Bender Rønnenfelt’s Collaborator CTM Returns With “Cézanne”