North London artist CHRYSALISM releases romantic, willowy waltz ‘Forget Me’
‘YOUR NAME HERE’ EP out 6th March
“Chrysalism creates late night music for broken hearts” The Line of Best Fit
“the gentle, yet breaking tone of his voice is juxtaposed by dreamy instrumentation” Lyrical Lemonade
North London’s Chrysalism releases gentle, flowing new single ‘Forget Me’ ahead of debut EP ‘Your Name Here’, dropping on March 6th.
AKA Michal Vojtech, Chrysalism embraces everyday melodrama, crafting Lo-fi romantic songs set in a vintage-view futuristic world. He combines low-key RnB inflected indie-balladry with an eye for aesthetic taken from co-ownership of a visual arts collective. This spirit of collaboration is exemplified by Jakob Ogawa’s guitarist Axel Oksby appearing on the recording.
Crafting night-time vignettes as though precisely composing a photograph, ‘Forget Me’ is the latest sonic Polaroid developed in his darkroom. It’s a willowy waltz built around bubbling arpeggios, reminiscent of a lullaby in the way it drifts and becalms. There’s a solemn undertone too, as Michal expresses opaquely:
“’Forget Me’ is about car crashing with your lover at the speed of 130 BPM. It’s about those few frames of saying goodbye. Like an old French movie. A small melancholic gesture. A smile. He leaves. This time for good.”
This recourse to cinematic influences is archetypal of the story-lead approach Michal usually takes. He swings from the sombre to the surreal; previous singles have taken on being haunted by the idea of love, Elon Musk stealing his girlfriend away to Mars, cult Japanese actor Tomokazu Miura, or the melancholy travails of a lonely Monday Nite DJ.
The futuristic romanticism entailed has led to acclaim of the songcraft and atmosphere from i-D (BEST NEW MUSIC), DUMMY (BRAND NEW: THE BEST NEW ARTISTS), The Line of Best Fit, Clash, Lyrical Lemonade, HERO Magazine and DIY and more.
A London transplant from Prague, he moved here to pursue music, visual arts and writing. This led to the foundation of visual-arts collective – Peakaboo Luv – with whom he has created video collages for his own tracks and others, as well as shot live videos for (sandy) Alex G and Elvis Depressedly. They’ve also hosted underground fashion shows and art exhibitions that descend into wild parties, generating an array of connections in the artistic underground across London.
This cross-arts and collective approach to his tunes, as well as both a retro-leaning and future-gazing mesh, results in something at once unique and recognisable.
‘Forget Me’ by Chrysalism is out now having been released on February 20th and was produced by Patrick Fitzroy of London band Heavy Heart. It features Axel Oksby (Guitars), David Zbirka (Bass) and Oliver Torr (Synth).