New Release – Sonder (album) by Invisible Squirrel

New Release – Sonder (album) by Invisible Squirrel

Invisible Squirrel is the Electronic Dance Music artist profile of Joe Adhemar.

“The Invisible Squirrel does not need a bio because it is all about the tunes!”

Invisible Squirrel’s 12 track album called ‘Sonder’ came out today, 1st January 2022. The album title is the opening track which if you weren’t aware, is a made-up word, invented by a writer called John Koenig.

sonder – n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.

“I think as a concept, the Invisible Squirrel persona is all about the curiosity of others. I listen to a lot of other artists and feel compelled to ask them sometimes if I could remix their tracks. Occasionally they are cold to the idea. Sometimes massively into it. Each an individual or group that I have no idea of their lives lived, with only my imagination to fill the gaps.”

“The track I love most on the album is ‘Nicholas Bloody Parsons’. The first version of this was me scatting over the bassline, singing nonsense. But the rhythms and melody I sung made sense, so I went back to it and replaced all the vocal with real, but nonsensical phrases. Those really in the know, will appreciate the reference to a show called ‘Mr Jolly lives next door’ by Rick Mayall, Peter Cook et al otherwise known as ‘The Comic Strip Presents’ which was an 80’s series on Channel 4.”

“The album was written in the last 6 months. It’s never a slog for me as I love big beats and trance. Layers that compliment or jar: sonic novelty is so hard to find but I rarely use loops. I’m a big fan of simple Arps but I tend to play most of the arpeggios in myself.”

“I know there may be tracks on there that are marmite for some. You can’t expect to please everyone all the time with Funk, Trance, Big Beat and Rock all on the same album but it’s equally quite liberating not giving a f___ as the whole point about the Invisible Squirrel is about not worrying what people want to hear. So I hope whoever gets to hear it, appreciates its eclectic journey.”

(Artwork by Imogen Phillips)