I’ve always tried to make the kind of music that I would want to find in a music store and take home. It’s harder than it sounds. The challenge is knowing what kind of music you want to hear next, because after decades of listening to a wide variety of artists, you feel like you’ve heard every interesting idea that’s out there. Having said that, every time I create a new album, I feel closer to that goal. But maybe that’s just an illusion and I’m chasing a ghost.
Either way, my new album Observer gives me that same feeling. Each track has its own personality, but certain characteristics chain them together. You can think of this record as a continuation of Unresolved from last year. It’s produced in a similar style and takes a different look at some of the same themes and ideas.
Hopefully, Observer tells you an interesting story.
For the past 8 months I’ve been working on my new album – Unresolved and it’s finally here. It starts out with downtempo electronica and works its way up to techno. The album is quite dynamic with every track offering different sonic qualities. Hopefully, each conveying a unique emotion through different rhythmic styles, melodies and instrumentation. You’ll hear distorted analog synth, traditional Chinese instruments, classic drum machines and Indian and African percussion all wrapped up into one.
Sources of ideas and inspirations came from all sorts of places. From sampling screechy kitchen chairs to echoes of tunnels to messing around with music apps on my iPhone during lunchtimes.
I would like to think of this 7-track collection as humanised electronic music, created by capturing imperfect improvisations and randomising various aspects of instruments and notes to prevent the perfection. Also, you will find that most melodies and chord progressions don’t resolve. That’s just what I love doing. So, I think, the title of the album is apt.