Love Letter To A Record: Saavan’s Lucas Mokrani On Apparat’s ‘The Devil’s Walk’

Many of us can link a certain album to pivotal moments in our lives. Whether it’s the first record you bought with your own money, the chord you first learnt to play on guitar, the song that soundtracked your first kiss, the album that got you those awkward and painful pubescent years or the one that set off light bulbs in your brain and inspired you to take a big leap of faith into the unknown – music is often the catalyst for change in our lives and can even help shape who we become.

In this series, Music Feeds asks artists to reflect on their relationship with music and share with us stories about the effect music has had on their lives.

Lucas Mokrani, Saavan: Apparat – The Devil’s Walk (2011)

There’s been a lot of different music played around me as I was growing up, but the record that really pushed me to start making my own, was definitely Apparat’s The Devil’s Walk, released in 2011. The first time I listened to it, from the start to the end, I had to play it again, and again. I can clearly remember driving my scooter with my earphones on (don’t!) and driving home through the country at the end of the day, every day, playing it.

And every time, I would stop by the side of the road and spend some time alone with it. I felt like I had never heard something quite like it before. It was a mix up of all the things I loved: classical music intertwined with electronic music, linked with a soothing and emotional voice, wrapped up in a deep and complex sound design.


That day I realised that I would have reached my goal in music the day I achieve this kind of barrier-breaking work. I’m far from there, but that’s where the thrill of making music comes from. This piece of music has define my view of a great record, one that incorporates opposites elements to create a whole new way of triggering feelings.

French duo Saavan have just unveiled their sophomore EP ‘Observatory’ – written and produced by the band themselves.

‘Observatory’ is five tracks of dark, rich and lushly layered electronica. There’s a magic in the subtle ebbs and flows of its dreamy, moving sonic tapestry that will both mesmerise and enchant.

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