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For MISOGI, there’s always been a divide between the world around him and what’s going on in his head. “I was never living in the present moment – I was always daydreaming about this or that,” the 24-year-old musician and producer explains. It’s a split he brings vividly to life on his new album ESCAPE ARTIST, crafting inventive other realms to abscond into through giddy, addictive J-pop-inspired earworms, ambient synth instrumentals, amongst others.
Technology and the internet opened up countless new worlds for MISOGI from an early age. It gave him access to a wealth of things to obsess over – video games, films, books, music – with each new fascination adding another layer to the fantasy world in his head. “It’s almost a coping mechanism for living the same day over and over – the suburban lifestyle,” he reasons. It’s a process that ESCAPE ARTIST's lyrics – which frequently reference dreaming and sleep – encapsulate brilliantly.
‘IMAGINE TECHNICOLOUR’ is a prime example of that, a vibrant, crisp tapestry of sound that feels like it’s been transported in from another orbit. 'PINK NOISE’ embodies the sound the collective make – a soft, sonic sugar rush that fizzes through your speakers. ‘ULTRABLAST’ – a track that could easily soundtrack a retro video game – also has strong ties to the fraternity around MISOGI’s label. In 2022, the artist held a remix competition for his single ‘GOSSIP’, with the winning track set to be uploaded to his SoundCloud page. But one submission “floored” him so much he wanted to give it the attention it deserved.
Whether collaborating with his extensive community of like-minded musicians or working on his own, MISOGI is an ever-evolving, always inventive artist doing things his way. As he hones his sound after a decade of exploration on ESCAPE ARTIST, he stands poised to make another dream bleed into the real world.
- 1 DREAMPUNK 3:48 Buy
- 2 GOSSIP 3:20 Buy
- 3 WAKEUPJUNYA! 2:42 Buy
- 4 IMAGINE TECHNICOLOUR 3:10 Buy
- 5 PINK NOISE (feat. Dream, Ivory) 3:10 Buy
- 6 ECHO (feat. Ginseng and Cedric Madden) 2:42 Buy
- 7 SLEEPWALKER 3:22 Buy
- 8 ULTRABLAST 2:51 Buy
- 9 BLONDE, TOWARDS ETERNITY & THE END OF ME 5:21 Buy
- 10 SHOEGAZING (feat. No Rome) 3:44 Buy
- ESCAPE ARTIST - CD + Long Sleeve T-Shirt + T-Shirt
- Pink Noise
- Release Date
- July 7, 2023