Acclaimed Japanese-American producer Qrionproudly announces her debut album ‘I Hope It Lasts Forever’, out October 29 via independent record label Anjunadeep. The album’s announcement coincides with the release of the first single, “Your Love,” which is available now (download).
Qrion’s real name is Momiji Tsukada, and he wrote the album “I Hope It Lasts Forever” primarily during the San Francisco lockdown. ‘I Hope It Lasts Forever‘ evokes Tsukada’s emotions during her daring move from her hometown of Sapporo to sunny San Francisco, and pays homage to Tsukada’s childhood memories and her father. Tsukada presents a versatile collection of electronica and club tracks, with introspective cuts like ‘It’s All Over’ and ‘Maybe It Was Already Here’ appearing alongside lively club anthems such as ‘11-11’ and ‘Proud’. Collaborations with talented British musician Flownn, the Canadian vocalist and composer Kroy, and California’s Mars Kasei are also featured on the album.
“I connected with my old memories – the feelings of spending time with my Dad, the time I lived with my family in Japan, and the small but important moments of my life from my life in Sapporo.” Tsukada said on the record. The artist found the album-making process cathartic because it allowed her to piece together memories she had buried for a long time, unearthing them as she sat down to work on the music. “I feel music often creates a bridge to access memorable parts of our lives and in this sense ‘I Hope It Lasts Forever’ is a very personal and special album to me. My hope is that my music and this album will also become part of other people’s memories – something that people can carry with them into the future.”
‘I Hope It Lasts Forever‘ is Qrion’s latest triumph in a career that has seen him release music on Mad Decent, Last Night on Earth, and This Never Happened, among others. In a short period of time, the producer has received notable support from the likes of Mixmag, Billboard, and The Fader, and has been named to Forbes Japan’s 30 Under 30 list. Now armed with her debut 12-track album, Qrion draws inspiration from far-reaching corners of the electronic music sphere – from the likes of Overmono, Bonobo, and Calibre, to her unashamed love of trance and EDM with artists such as Above & Beyond, Deadmau5, and Skrillex. The album also marks the return of the artists on Anjunadeep after her collaboration with Spencer Brown Rainy April.
The album’s first single, titled “Your Love,” features Qrion’s signature pulsating bass, staccato plucks, and evocative vocal chops. The track joins Tsukada’s acclaimed catalog that has seen support by the likes of Danny Howard at BBC Radio 1 and Jason Bentley at KCRW, as well as prolific producers such as TSHA, Moon Boots, Lane 8, The Aston Shuffle, 3LAU, and Gorgon City. Following performances with Above & Beyond, Porter Robinson, Deadmau5, and Tourist, Qrion now embarks on her own North American headline tour in support of the album.