There are vast spaces threaded throughout the grooves that Chattanooga artist Jonathan “Tryezz” Fowlkes creates with just some synths and a handful of other electronic components. His songs feel almost more like remembered impressions than straightforward narratives. They ebb and flow in a series of constant movements — a rhythmic shuffling that allows them to feel both weighted and weightless. And it’s to his credit that the songs never lapse into aimlessness or lethargy, even when given free reign over their own direction.
He often builds these tracks from simple ideas, allowing them to grow and evolve without restriction. Often improvisational in feel, his work nevertheless feels guided by some loose musical force, a vivid creativity that lies beneath our collective reckoning. And with close to a dozen releases under his belt, he’s gotten quite good at giving this active melodic energy an expansive landscape in which to flourish and develop its own identity. He’s currently gearing up for the release of his latest album, “The Space After,” which is due out June 15 — it’s his first record to be pressed on vinyl.
Tryezz has given us a brief glimpse into the inner mechanisms of “The Space After” with new single, “Dusk on West 3rd,” a rollicking synthesis that recalls the electronic rhythms of Washed Out and Toro Y Moi. The synths wash over the track, elastic and effortlessly wrapping themselves around the shifting patterns and beats. The music whirs and whips across your senses, leaving an indelible impression that lingers in your head long after the song comes to an end.
Tryezz has always had a knack for creating fluid sounds that don’t feel burdened by their influences, and here, he continues to explore these noises without regard for musical boundaries or staid genre labels. Borrowing bits of funk, soul, ’90s electronica and modern synth-pop, he fashions a multilayered atmosphere where these recognizable inspirations get mixed and blurred together until they no longer hold to their original shape but conform to some complex interior musical monologue that Fowlkes seems intent on dissecting. “Dusk on West 3rd” is woozy and difficult to accurately describe but not lightweight, a vibrant reminder of what’s to come when “The Space After” is released next month.
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