Nicolae punctuated the announcement by sharing the title track of the album. “Semnal” ventures outside of the techno category without discarding the ambient atmospheric elements characteristic of his recent singles and mixes.
What remains to be seen is whether the rest of the album will follow suit – and for that matter, whether Nicolae will continue to release techno as Cosmin TRG or retire the alias altogether.
The Eclectic Cosmin Nicolae
By no means is “Semnal” Cosmin Nicolae’s only creative departure. In 2010 he collaborated with artists like Baobinga and Ginz on more dubstep and garage-inclined singles before a markedly more melodic album titled Simulat on Modeselektor‘s 50 Weapons imprint.
Semnal will comprise Nicolae’s first studio-length album since Gordian, which also came out on 50 Weapons in 2013. If his recent The Lot Radio mix is any indicator, ambient may represent a greater distribution of the effort’s tracklist than techno.
Cosmin Nicolae has not disclosed when Opal Tapes will officially release Semnal.
Source: Resident Advisor