44 Ardent – ‘leo’

44 Ardent releases a diverse soundscape in leo

44 Ardent artwork via 44 Ardent

Initially shrouded in secrecy, 44 Ardent served as a secret project for Callan Alexander, enabling him to delve into his electronic creations outside the evolving indie soundscape of cln.

Produced by: 44 Ardent

44 Ardent, the indie-dance/house venture by Australian artist Callan Alexander, surfaces with an album that encapsulates a fusion akin to Caribou, Tourist, and Odesza. Crafted as an electronic outlet from Alexander’s primary endeavor cln, the project emerged in 2018 and has gravitated towards electronic sounds.

Here he is discussing the driving force behind 44 Ardent:

“I created this project as more of an electronic outlet as cln has shifted a little bit more into the indie world. Electronic music has always been my favourite type of music to make, as you have total creative freedom. I was making so many songs that couldn’t really be released under cln, and I needed to find a place to put them. 44 Ardent is that place.”

Throughout 2023, Alexander teased his fans with six remarkable 44 Ardent singles (far gone, bones (sinking like stones), double shot flat white, don’t give up on me, evergreen, and onlyknow), culminating in the release of a generous 14-track album titled leo. Mixed, mastered, and produced by Callan, leo represents a mixture of electronic music genres and styles highlighting Alexander’s explorative journey throughout the year.

leo is the culmination of all of the 44 Ardent music that I’ve made over the last year or so. I have noticed that a lot of the best producers have an approach where they focus on pumping out lots of quick ideas, and then refine the best ones. I’ve tried to follow that to an extent, making heaps of music very quickly and then only finishing the ideas that I really like. This album is the end product of that. There is a real mix of genres and styles, as I’ve tried not to corner myself into any particular sound.”

leo, is now available on all platforms through Mammal Sounds Records.

Standout Songs: don’t give up on me, evergreen, bones (sinking like stones), hold the world in your hands


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