Steven Julien (Funkineven) - Fallen
Steven Julien - Fallen 2016
Recorded from vinyl...
The fallen angel. The rebellious soul expelled from the pearly gates and forced to live in hell among mere mortals for eternity. Here they endeavour to condition and corrupt everything around them; a bold middle finger aimed in the direction of its former home in the promised land. Now imagine a soundtrack to this tragic tale. FunkinEven—also known as Steven Julien— has made just that with his debut album Fallen.
Split into two contrasting chapters, Fallen follows the trail of our main character. The first six songs introduce us to utopia; a collection which is matched by the light and airy tones of this initial set. The twist comes right down the middle, where we descend into the project's darker, hellish bogs. Both episodes intertwine seamlessly, and all composed, written and produced by Steven himself.
Julien plays the majority of the instruments you hear on the record, using session musicians — including three appearances from Hercules on bass — sparingly to plug any gaps. All the above choices combine to emit a contagious warmth that blankets the whole record. Within the dozen tracks, he jumps between everything from jazz fusion to techno. It's easily his best work to date.
Mixed At – Apron Studios & Zelig Studios
Recorded At – Apron Studios
Mastered At – Alchemy Mastering
Artwork – India Rose, Benedetta Sodini
Bass Guitar – Duane O'Neal Atherley aka Hurcles*
Composed By, Written-By, Producer – Steven Julien
Mastered By – Matt Colton
Mixed By – Riccardo Damian (tracks: A3, B1), Simbad Stanislas (tracks: C3), Steven Julien (tracks: A3, B1, C3)
Photography By – Alex de Mora, India Rose
Soloist – Jonathan Geyevu (tracks: A2), Justin Atherley (tracks: A1)