CMU Approved

Approved: Autre Ne Veut – Counting

By | Published on Wednesday 28 November 2012

Autre Ne Veut

Brooklyn bedroom musician Arthur Ashin combines soul and electronica with frankly stunning results, as demonstrated on ‘Counting’, the first single to be taken from new album ‘Anxiety’ (the follow up to Autre Ne Veut’s eponymous 2010 debut).

Built on sparse but strategically-placed beats, so precision-tooled you feel they must have been carved by laser-guided diamond-tipped machinery, ‘Counting’ has a crystalline sonic purity at its heart, which is effectively counterbalanced by the warmth of some inescapably intense and emotive vocals.

This is a hugely captivating slice of futurist R&B, akin to Timbaland before he lost it and started collaborating with Nickelback, and exactly the kind of thing you’d hope Prince might be doing these days.

‘Anxiety’ is released in February 2013, while ‘Counting’ is previewing now on YouTube.