Enigmatic London based musician and composer Fougére (Jamie Norton) is poised to announce his debut release with the arrival of ‘Movement’ out now through Studio Fougére. An immersive, introspective thought piece inspired by architecture and design, Norton uses a single piano to create a breathtaking composition that articulates a sense of calm and balance. The track will be accompanied by a stunningly shot live performance video recorded at seminal London venue Printworks with award winning production company Pavillion (Dermot Kennedy, Sigrid), bringing to mind fellow luminaries like Nils Frahm, Ólafur Arnalds and Max Richter.
Norton says: “Most of the pieces start out as a fragment of an idea on the piano. Sometimes I might be thinking about a very specific space/picture or emotion; about what the music might sound like there or how I can communicate a feeling. One of my sons loves to dance and I noticed he starting moving sometimes to this piece when walking into the room. If I played it too slow he stopped, if I played it too fast he did the same. I’ve always been interested in the idea that form should follow function and how this might be applied in music. It can help me simplify the process, did it make him want to dance? Yes or no.”
From the Pacific Coast Highway to the alluring landscapes of California’s Mojave desert, Jamie and acclaimed creative director and photographer Neil Krug (Lana Del Rey, Tame Impala) teamed up to create a series of artwork that represents Fougére’s current impressionistic body of work. The pair decided that each piece of music should evoke a specific scene with subject matter that best reflects the atmosphere of Jamie’s sound. Night time flora, harsh lines of desert plants, sun bleached oceans and lost desert roads work in parallel with Fougére’s musical compositions.
Norton explains: “This is a process that I have practised for a long time. A feeling takes me to the piano, usually when it’s calm and quiet, maybe late at night or after everyone else has left the room. Maybe as a reaction to what has gone before, a way for me to reset. I approach my music as if they existed as a series of paintings, each capturing a very specific feeling or moment. Trying to present these pieces in their simplest, purest form, in the hope that even if imperfect they will allow other people to connect with them too”.
No stranger to the scene; Jamie Norton is a writer with, and musical director for, Brit and Ivor Novello award winning and stadium selling artists.