Amsterdam based musician, artist
Multi-disciplinary Amsterdam artist Someone, AKA Tessa Rose Jackson, releases her new singleI Can’t Remember How To Talk To You via [PIAS] Recordings. A grooving twin-paced slice of infectious psych-pop, equally indebted to Tame Impala, Arthur Russell or early 90s French electronica pioneers Air, it is the final single taken ahead of her upcoming new EP Orbit, out 1stMay.
The EP uses the metaphor of orbiting planets to comment on our overstimulated generation. It suggests that in spending so much time on our phones and social media, being constantly exposed to external distractions, we are ’orbiting’ around each other and our passions, rarely actually touching, resting, focusing long enough to truly connect.
The single in question also has a more personal, relatable meaning:
“It’s the story of somebody meeting their ex at a party in a wobbly, punch-fuelled moment. In the verses, she’s all cool, kind of a lilting ‘Yeah, I’m doing great, I rock at life’, but in the pre-chorus little cracks start to appear. Suddenly, this hysterical chorus comes crashing in, and she’s ended up on top of the table, mascara streaming down her cheeks… as it turns out: Actually no, she’s not fine. And yes, that escalated quickly.”
Whilst the artistic undertaking around her debut EP Chain Reaction (creating a short film for each track on the record) was already ambitious, yet delivered flawlessly via Someone’s creative drive, the project around Orbit is again nudged up a level. Tessa wants to explore the intensity with which art and music can be fused, in a way that they enhance each other fully. Hence she has created an interactive Augmented Reality exhibition that combines Someone’s psychedelic music with cutting edge technology and hypnotic art.
Debuting to great acclaim at Eurosonic earlier in the year, the exhibition will now be presented in gallery spaces in Amsterdam, London, Berlin and Paris. The walls lined with abstract works of art, all using elements reminiscent of space and planets. When viewed through a tablet or phone the artworks come to life, and the song linked to that piece will start playing through the visitor’s headphones. The pieces each react differently to the music, dynamically building as the songs progress, reacting also to touch from the viewer on their tablet screens, allowing full interaction and immersion.
The graphics tie into Someone’s exhilarating live show as well. Her set at Eurosonic was a highlight for NME, and will be taken on tour through the Netherlands and France to celebrate the release of the EP.
I Can’t Remember How To Talk To You is out via [PIAS] Recordings on April 3rd, and theOrbit EP will be out on May 1st.
3 May – De Nijverheid, Utrecht (NL)
7 May – La French Escapades, Paris (FR)
24 May – Skatepark NOORD/ODAM, Amsterdam (NL)
25 May – Sniester Festival, The Hague (NL)
15 June – Transformer Festival, Maastricht (NL)