Japanese-American producer Qrion recently announced her debut album ‘I Hope It Lasts Forever’, out 29 October on Anjunadeep. The album announcement comes alongside the release of the first single ‘Your Love’, which is out now. Qrion, real name Momiji Tsukada, wrote the album primarily during the lockdown in San Francisco and it invokes the emotions she felt during her adventurous move from hometown Sapporo to the city, paying homage to the memories of her childhood and her father.
Tsukada presents a collection of electronica and club tracks, with introspective cuts like ‘It’s All Over’ and ‘Maybe It Was Already Here’ appearing alongside club tracks such as ‘11-11’ and ‘Proud’. The album also features collaborations with British musician Flownn, Canadian vocalist and composer Kroy, and California’s Mars Kasei.
Tsukada: “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.
“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.”
The album is the latest in a career that’s seen he release on imprints Mad Decent, Last Night on Earth, and This Never Happened. Named on Forbes’ Japan’s 30 Under 30, the producer has garnered support from the likes of Mixmag, Billboard, and The Fader in just a short space of time.
Now armed with her debut 12-track album, she 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 first single taken from the album, ‘Your Love’, features pulsating bass alongside staccato plucks and evocative vocal chops. The track joins her catalogue that has seen support by the likes of Danny Howard at BBC Radio 1 and Jason Bentley at KCRW, as well as producers such as TSHA, Moon Boots, Lane 8, The Aston Shuffle, and Gorgon City.
Having shared the stage with Above & Beyond, Porter Robinson, Deadmau5, and Tourist, she now takes to the road with her own headline tour across North America in support of the album.