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Sunday, Jun 02 2013 | 21:32
Image: 1581194 Somewhere beween the percussive instrumentation of a Soundway highlife compilation and the rich, swathing synths of Neon Indian, resides Tropics, aka Southampton artist Chris Ward. Producing, singing, and playing all instruments himself, he was quickly picked up by Pitchfork for his 'lush instrumentation' and highly melodic, musically literate pop.

Following an EP and critically acclaimed album for Planet Mu, Ward spent 2012 producing remixes for Little Dragon, M83 & Polica. He then brought his voice to the fore for one of the vocal hooks of the year on Popup Cinema, the lead track from his EP of the same name for cult Serbian / London label Svetlana Industries.

Home and Consonance sees Ward make a short hop over to East London to release with Five Easy Pieces. Across four stunning new tracks he unveils the signature layers of pads and delicate arrangements, with his voice playing an ever-increasing role at the heart of his songs.

‘A voracious and accomplished student of sound’ (Pitchfork)
‘Impressive stuff’ (Paul Lester, The Guardian)


1. Home and Consonance
2. Courage ft. Gavin Turek
3. Don't You Know
4. Fleeting Haunt Available from 13.05.2013
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