Felix Cartal releases fourth studio album ‘Expensive Sounds For Nice People’
Three years. That’s how long Felix Cartal has been meticulously working on his fourth studio album. A labor of love and a sign of his creative evolution, the Platinum certified producer has been steadily releasing one remarkable track after the other. Starting in 2020, the first glimmers of “Expensive Sounds for Nice People” began to surface. First it was “Mine” with Sophie Simmons, then “Love Me” with Lights — two Platinum outputs and a Juno Dance Recording of the Year winner. Next came “Only One” with Karen Harding and “My Last Song” with rebellious Norwegian Hanne Mjøen. And now 12 more crystalline outputs of near perfect dance music.
“Expensive Sounds For Nice People” covers the full breadth of human emotion: from the ecstatic highs of new love to the devastating lows of an inevitable heartbreak — all held up by a backbone of Cartal’s shimmering indie dance and house leanings. The entire album is designed to charm listeners out on to the dancefloor and it does so with ease. Bolstered by an army of powerful female leads, “Expensive Sounds” is a 16-track showcase of some of the best singers in the dance pop world — including Kiiara, whose appearance on “Happy Hour” turns a great beat into an absolute ear worm. No matter the flavor of dance you enjoy, there is plenty to love about Cartal’s fourth, but certainly not last, full length of his career.
Felix Cartal had this to say about the album;
“My fourth album is part of the second musical chapter in my life. My first two albums were the first chapter of my musical career: a scrappier, undeveloped, experimental phase where a lot of the ideas didn’t quite get executed how I would want from lack of skill or know-how. I’m still fond of that time and those releases, but was ultimately frustrated that I couldn’t make what I wanted come to life exactly how I heard it in my head. The other big problem from that era was consistency, and basically that’s what I’ve become obsessed with. Growing up arguably through one of the worst eras of one-hit-wonders in musical history, I remember constantly being disappointed when I bought an album and there was only one good song. I hated that. And I think remembering that has guided me into this second chapter of my life. Where I’ve just tried to grind it out daily at the studio and work on my skills, and trying to become more consistent. I’m more into the ‘Jiro Dreams of Sushi’ chef approach nowadays, where I just try to log hours every day to refine my craft. Not too concerned with the result from that specific day but knowing that if I stack those hours I will in fact improve. I want every song to be 100% something I’m proud of, or it’s not coming out.”