Organ Mug‘s immense potential lies in simplicity and delicate melodies that seep like an abstract mosaic into the listener’s brain. The acoustic, ambient miniature (clocking merely 105 seconds!), ‘A Tender Fog‘, is among the most representative samples of Swiss producer, multi-instrumentalist and composer Morgan Hug’s recently released full-length ‘Solastalgia‘, a divine composition with rich, warm textures, unleashing tranquillity & calmness destined for on endless repeat listening.
The video, which we are honoured to premiere tonight on Last Day Deaf, is highly artistic and made up of pictures taken from the 1967 feature film “The Redwoods” by Trevor Greenwood & Mark Jonathan Harris, A trippy companion by all means!
Organ Mug is the project of producer, multi-instrumentalist and composer Morgan Hug. After studying literature and cinema and completing a diploma in sound engineering, he played in a handful of rock bands. During that time, he also started exploring electronic music with the Lausanne-based duo No Plan from Outer Space.
He then left Switzerland and went travelling in India and Japan for 9 months, self-producing the EP « Is This Real Life? » along the way. It was released during his time in Kyoto in 2015.
In 2017, he published his debut album « Spinneret » (DKLK Records), which was written during a long residency near the El Teide volcano, capturing the lunar landscapes of the island of Tenerife. The album showcases Organ Mug’s huge work on textures and his meticulous approach to music: samples and sounds from everyday life are chopped up, deformed, transformed. The album revealed him as one of the Swiss electronic music scene’s best kept secrets.
2019 saw the release of the « Here & There » EP (Irascible Records), a title that symbolises his evergrowing attachment to the Swiss countryside, having set up his HQ in the village of Eysins. In this new space, Organ Mug has the time and gear to experiment further, resulting in a hybrid pop blending acoustic and electronic sounds, revealing his broad and eclectic musical approach. « Here & There » was released to critical acclaim and led him to open for artists such as The Cinematic Orchestra, Low and Anna Calvi.
He was later invited to compose a song for the soundtrack of the movie « Port Authority », a drama directed by Danielle Lessovitz, produced by Martin Scorsese and nominated in the « Un Certain Regard » category of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. The following year, he contributed to electronic musician Pavel’s remix album « Busy Being Broken (The Remixes) » (Blizzard Audio Club) with a rework of the song « Busy Being Broken ».
On his second record, « Solastalgia », the futuristic and digital dimensions of the artist’s music have vanished, paving the way for a more organic, folk and nostalgic approach. Acoustic sounds have taken over the synthetic aspect of Organ Mug’s earlier work, and as a result, the songs are poppier and more intimate and serene than ever.
Photo: Clémentine Bossard