Tristan de Liège Announces “Kosame” LP on Emancipator’s
Loci Records – Release Date April 13, 2018
Premieres Lead single “Sunfall (Feat. Carly Barnette)”
Out Now – Package features both Remix & Instrumental
Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist Tristan de Liège announces the release of his latest downtempo album, “Kosame,” due on Emancipator’s imprint, Loci records, April 13. Titled after the Japanese word for “light rain”, “Kosame ” is inspired by the feelings of nostalgia, peacefulness, and transience that accompany rain. The lead single, “Sunfall (Feat. Carly Barnette),” is out now, accompanied by an Asta Hiroki remix and instrumental version. A follow-up single, “Jioni” will be out March 14.
On “Kosame,” these influences, experiences, and inspirations come together over 18 gorgeous downtempo tracks that infuse romantic melodies with head-nodding beats and organic timbres.
Tristan comments, “While I was writing these songs LA was getting the gentle rains (Kosame means ‘gentle rain’ in Japanese) in the late evening and early morning which would quickly subside, leaving these beautiful mists and making all the hills green. I loved those moments and I wanted to capture how I felt during those moments. I really want to make albums that cover a wide range of human emotions and different energy, but in a way that feels natural over the course of the album. For instance, ‘Blossom’ is a super high energy kind of clubby track and ‘Ca Va de Soi’ is basically an acoustic ballad.” “Kosame” is largely instrumental but there are a couple of vocal tracks featuring Carly Barnette and Selina Carrera. He adds, “I met Carly at this recurring monthly series of shows. She did an acoustic set at one of them and I approached her after because I was really impressed with her range and wanted someone who could create a soulful vibe. [Selina] basically had nothing prepared and just starting improvising over my beat and I just hit ‘Record,’ and then I kept my favorite parts.”
Given his ambitious creativity, it’s easy to see how Tristan found his way to Loci. “I sent Emancipator a Soundcloud link with some music I was making back in 2013, he was a huge inspiration for me at that time.”When Emancipator and his ensemble made their way to Milwaukee where Tristan was living, the two met up and ever since, Tristan has been releasing his music through Loci, where he feels right at home. “All the music on Loci is focused on showcasing little musical moments, whether it be melodic samples or a particular rhythm.”
Such attention to detail sets Tristan apart as an artist. “One thing is that in any music it’s often very powerful to have small and simple melodies that catch the listener and make the track memorable. A related point is that music doesn’t need to be complicated to be emotionally powerful.”
As a teen, Tristan de Liège started out in an indie band before experimenting with loop-based music and gradually evolving his sound to its present textured state. “I’m always looking to create textures and ambiences in my tracks to give them lots of depth, whether it be with synths, strange samples, or field recordings,” he explains. He also tips his hat to artists as diverse as Steve Reich, Nils Frahm, Johann Johannson, J Dilla, DJ Krush, Nujabes, Madlib, Darkchild, DJ Shadow, as well as the LA beat scene, Brainfeeder, and Stones Throw. Of his love for Asian music in particular, he says, “When I’m thinking of western music I’m thinking of chord progressions and scales and typical arrangement patterns and so on. But when I’m listening to for example traditional Japanese music a lot of that goes out the window and I’m focused instead on textures and mood more abstractly.”
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