'Reunion' is the third album from nu-disco star Tim Bernhardt, aka Satin Jackets. Released this summer on Eskimo Recordings 'Reunion' is a stunning follow up to the German producer's first two critically acclaimed albums and features 14 stunning tracks of sun kissed disco, Balearic house, leftfield pop and guest vocals from the likes of Australian star Panama, Belgian singer Ivy Falls, US based vocalist Metaxas and up and coming British singer Tailor.
With Bernhardt’s 2nd album, 'Solar Nights', one of the most successful nu-disco records of recent times the following years should have made the Satin Jackets name a regular fixture on club and festival bills worldwide. Sadly, much like the rest of us, the pandemic saw the producer's horizons limited to the four walls of his new Munich studio. Still with the world out of reach Bernhardt turned to the internet to keep in touch with his fans and sow the seeds for what would become 'Reunion'.
"Throughout 2020 we recorded a number of what we called Lockdown Streams" explains Bernhardt. With almost no promotion those sessions ended up being streamed over a million-and-a-half times, but for Bernhardt the real reward was the response from fans. "We had so many positive comments from people saying how these streams had helped through difficult times or simply put a much needed smile on their faces. Despite being unable to connect in person, these sessions helped me rediscover the power that music can have to create shared moments."
"It allowed me to rediscover the connection between what I do and what people feel and that fed directly into making ‘Reunion’,” elaborates Bernhardt. “There's a lot of despair and division in the world right now but it is so important we try to stay positive and hold onto the things that bring us together. There's few things that can do that more than music, and that was the thought I took with me when I started work on this album. Not just the idea that music brings people together but going beyond that, asking why we do the things that we do and feel what we feel."
Thankfully just as Bernhardt was able to connect with his fans online, he was able to reach out to his friends and accomplices around the world reuniting with many of the singers and songwriters that had graced both ‘Panorama Pacifico’ and 'Solar Nights' and song by song, as files sped back and forth across the globe a new album, ‘Reunion’, took shape.
Where the first two Satin Jackets albums saw Bernhardt work to first develop his own sound and then elevate his productions to another level, 'Reunion' reveals an artist now completely at ease in the studio, a musician and producer now confident in both his abilities and artistic vision. From start to finish 'Reunion' is an album that adds new depths and dimensions to the Satin Jackets sound whilst sounding utterly unforced.
From the warm and welcoming opening tones of 'For What We Have' right through to the last bittersweet chords of 'Don't Worry', wistful pop songs like 'Spell' and 'Move On' grounded in the messiness of human emotions to tracks like the aptly named 'Little Airplanes' that seem to float effortlessly about the clouds, 'Reunion' is an album that you'll want to immerse yourself in and return to, time and time again.
"The feelings that music inspires can be intensely personal but at the same time it's a universal language that can help us communicate and break down the barriers between us and connect," concludes Bernhardt. "So this album is meant as a canvas for people to paint the colours of their existence onto and share with others, an escape from a sometimes harsh reality but also an offer of a common space where we might remember what makes us stronger.”
Satin Jackets - Reunion (out August 26th, 2022)
- Satin Jackets - For What We Have *
- Satin Jackets feat. Panama - Move On *
- Satin Jackets feat. Tailor - First Thing *
- Satin Jackets - Coffee and Feels
- Satin Jackets feat. Metaxas - I'm With It
- Satin Jackets feat. Tailor - Spell
- Satin Jackets - Hundred Fifty Up
- Satin Jackets feat. Ivy Falls - Different Directions *
- Satin Jackets - Little Airplanes
- Satin Jackets feat. Tailor - Relapse
- Satin Jackets - More Trouble *
- Satin Jackets feat. Panama - Back To Me
- Satin Jackets - Think About It
- Satin Jackets - Don’t Worry