French-born, Brooklyn-based, composer and pianist Romain Collin returns with an ambitious and visionary multimedia project christened Tiny Lights…, guided by an original and personal narrative about a boy on a journey to realize his “purest essence”.
“Tiny Lights are a reflection of your personal and unaffected blueprint,” says Collin. “They symbolize the ceaseless intuition that flickers deep within, they push you to follow your true north, to pursue a vision that belongs to you, and you alone. They are the expression of your primal life force and drive you to become all you can become. Tiny lights live inside everyone.”
Collin has always been bordering on progressive, yet Tiny Lights… represents a schism in his trajectory and sees him moving seamlessly between electronic music, indie rock, and contemporary improvisation with influences ranging from Bjork and Bon Iver to Steve Reich and Keith Jarrett.
At the core of the album, Collin’s atypical power trio comprised of Obed Calvaire on acoustic and electronic drums and Matthew Stevens on electric guitar revels in cinematic soundscapes and foreign habitats. Furthermore, composer Kazuma Jinnouchi contributes string arrangements performed by the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra on two tracks creating an extra layer of superimposed complexity.
Accompanying the album, which is being released in three installments via XM Records in partnership with Revive Music Group, is a music video for the title track, “Tiny Lights that move and Speak”, directed by LA filmmaker Matthew Palmer as well as a short documentary and a series of live video performances filmed by Spain-based production house Neutrø. Nextbop is proud to premiere today the newest of these video performances, a live rendition of the track “Red Snow”.
Tiny Lights…, the new album by pianist Romain Collin is scheduled for a three-stage release via XM Records in partnership with Revive Music Group. Tiny Lights: Genesis, available April 12th, features three songs, part one of the EPK, a live video, and a music video; Tiny Lights: Blood, available May 3rd, features three more songs, the second part of the EPK and a live video; and Tiny Lights: Gold, available May 24th, features the full album, full EPK and final live video.
Sébastien Hélary co-founded Nextbop in 2009 with the objective of introducing modern jazz music to a younger generation of fans. Aside from music, his other main obsession is food, particularly ramen and other Japanese delicacies.