UK electronic innovator and multi-instrumentalist Riz Maslen returns with her most personal album to date.
British producer, singer and multi-instrumentalist Riz Maslen, who records as Neotropic and Small Fish With Spine has been described as one of the most prominent women composers working in post-techno experimental electronics. In addition to her warm electronic programming, Maslen’s music also embraces folk, psychedelic pop and her interest in experimental filmmaking.
The media has warmly received her albums on Ninja Tune and Mush Recordings and she’s performed globally over the past decade at events including LA’s Coachella concert series and Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.
2010 figures to be a big year for Maslen: She’s completed her eagerly awaited seventh studio album, formed a four-piece all-female band and has plans to tour extensively throughout the year. She’ll also be returning to her lead singer role, a duty she performed with Future Sound of London starting in 1992. Maslen’s band features accomplished musicians Diana De Carbarus (Candythief), Tracey Storey (10sui) and cellist Christine Hanson.
Maslen describes her new album, Equestrienne, as a personal journey fraught with struggle, heartbreak and loss reflected in the collection of raw-to-the-core songs that expose her innermost feelings through life’s darkest moments. The album also holds a sense of hope for the future and moving forward through the shadows.
Equestrienne features intricate programming and atmospherics, sweeping string arrangements and Maslen’s vocals, which recall greats like Kate Bush and Siouxsie Sioux. Further announcements about the album’s tracklisting and release date will be made soon.
In the meantime, Maslen and band plan to hit the road. Neotropic’s live shows have always focused on creating a cinematic journey for the audience with the inclusion of her dark photographic and film imagery.