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.
During the album's writing and recording process, Douwstra found a rewarding collaborator in percussionist and producer Frank Wienk (BINKBEATS). The album's supple, meticulous compositions are the result of two full years of exploring sounds, feeling ones way in the dark and unfurling elemental, 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.
If by design this collection songs has a purpose, it is to remind oneself to enjoy and cherish your natural state in isolation, without influence from the outside world. And congruently, delaying the very act that both hampers and fuels Douwstra's intrinsic enthusiasm and urgency to create: to walk back on that stage.
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