Writing music has always been an unpredictable process for me, so this record was about gaining control over that, pushing it further, to the point I was writing music more often than ever before,” Tropics explained to FADER about the album in an email. “It’s an album that has aimed to be truly personal but in no way falsified or forced. A natural flowing document of things that were happening in my life, without over complexing or encrypting. I feel it touches on many elements of being a producer, electronic moments, live jazz drumming, studio recording, bedroom recording, it’s almost trying to do too many things at once but I think I like that, it’s also an emotional rollercoaster!
Taking influence from Beach Boys, Max Roach and Arthur Russell, Tropics has crafted an album that fuses his love of avant-garde percussion, 70s and 80s singer-songwriters such as Peter Gabriel known for pop-leaning hooks, and deep production that takes cues from ambient music.
The album is full of his trademark delicate arrangements with an aching voice and the production takes you to places that you didn’t know existed. This will most likely be in heavy rotation for me for the rest of the year.
Stream the record in full below, it’s out February 17th with Innovative Leisure.