Edmonton-based Persian-Filipino composer hundredmillionthousand drops textured and expansive single “Seven,” with entice synths that slowly and quietly build into a soaring crescendo as graceful vocals from singer Xuan Rong float over the melting pot of melodies.
Noel Fanaeian under his moniker hundredmillionthousand has carefully crafted a signature sound spanning electronic, neoclassical and contemporary dance, flitting from suspense-laden to playful and soft in seamless sweeps.
On this latest offering, with a tinge of shoegaze peeking through the swelling instrumentation sourced from recordings in his kitchen, he builds up a layered soundscape blossoming amidst classic touches filled with gentle vulnerability and creative stuttering moments meant to emulate the loading screen for digital platforms intended to form connections between people.
Speaking about the track, he said, “‘Seven’ was intended to be a deconstructed ballad about love and despair with vocals from Xuan Rong. I decided to compose for cello on this track to add a romantic sense of loneliness, inspired by the Portugese phrase Saudade.”
Studying under renowned composer Laurel Halo and designing an artistry that has stretched across the globe hundredmillionthousand has established himself as an act who can engage and intrigue anyone listening.