credit: Eddo Hartmann
The maxim for LUWTEN, Tessa Douwstra's creative conduit, is a simple one: space is the place. Well, maybe not outer space specifically, but a space unburdened by the strain of ones surroundings. A place where only one thing truly matters: the desire to create something that didn't exist yesterday. LUWTEN's music encapsulates that much-needed stroll around the block to clear your mind. A tranquil space to properly arrange perceptions of difference and similarity. Through her songs, Douwstra emboldens the shy person who musters the courage to withdraw. The person who'd rather consider all interactions, choices and dreams at his or her own desired pace. LUWTEN's self-titled debut LP has seen the light through Glassnote Records. The album's supple, meticulous compositions are the result of two full years of exploring sounds, feeling ones way in the dark and unfurlingelemental, once-veiled emotions to their bare essence. Douwstra's voice radiates like a human source of warmth amidst the music's glacial, free-flowing machinery. And congruently fuels Douwstra's intrinsic enthusiasm and urgency to create: to walk back on that stage where these songs alter into epic and danceable pop songs.
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