Spotify-developed tool used for Skygge’s AI-powered ‘American Folk Songs’ EP

There’s plenty of new music out today: Camila Cabello, Dan + Shay with Justin Bieber, Halsey, Travis Scott, K-Pop supergroup SuperM, Juice Wrld and Skygge are among the artists dropping new tracks.

Wait, Skygge? Who’s that? An avatar blending AI-powered music with a cappella recordings by legendary US folk singers like Pete Seeger, Peggy Seeger and Horton Barker. Oh, and by the way, the tool used to create the music was developed with Spotify.

The ‘American Folk Songs’ EP is the work of French musician and producer Benoit Carré, who created Skygge as his avatar alias for experiments with AI-generated music.

In 2018, he released an album called ‘Hello World’ using the Flow Machines tools created by Sony CSL in Paris, which was itself a follow-up to the 2016 project where Carré collaborated with the Flow Machines AI on a pair of songs: the Beatles-influenced ‘Daddy’s Car’ and the Great American Songbook-inspired ‘Mr Shadow’.