Shape-shifting London based musician and composer Fougére (Jamie Norton) returns with a introspective, melancholic piano composition ‘Descent’ due 15th January through Studio Fougére.
Following on from his acclaimed debut release ‘Movement’, ‘Descent’ opts for minimalism, with Fougére ruminating on personal loss, offering another consistently paced piece of music that focuses on Norton’s emotive delivery.
He says: “The opening chords to Descent came during a period of personal loss last year. It’s maybe why it made it difficult to revisit during the recording process. But since recording the live performance video at Printworks, it has become a piece that really resonates with me again, particularly at the moment.”
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.
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.