Massane expands melodic house depth with sophomore This Never Happened album, ‘By The River’
by: Ross Goldenberg
Aug 30, 2023
More than two years later, Massane has another long-form release to his credit. Shortly after heading to Rothbury at the end of June, Massane followed his Electric Forest showing with the revelation of his Another Dawn successor on This Never Happened, By The River. And its rollout immediately commenced with “Trust” alongside Benjamin Roustaing—who Massane had already met with once in 2023—with “Cryo” alongside Dancing Astronaut Artist to Watch in 2023 Grigoré as well as “Dérive” with Margane trailing closely behind. Just shy of three months after its original reveal, By The River has now arrived in full.
When initially announcing By The River, Massane explained that he found himself sourcing beyond his routine inspiration of nature, instead channeling “creative energy from both the vibrant people and pulsating dancefloor” from his North American circuit that enabled him to “explore new horizons and connect with diverse communities” that would “[infuse his] art with fresh perspectives and renewed energy.”
And that newfound creative renaissance had been palpable on By The River since its initial trio of previews, with Massane adding nine more album cuts—including assistance from the likes of Frankie Polari, 28mm, and Gary Hag—that see the Frenchman balance a more kinetic hue of melodic house at times while still maintaining some of the classic identity of his calming style. And the album’s title still offers a salute back to Massane’s nature-derived roots that will always be a part of his music. Stream By The River below.
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