“There’s nothing I lose when I’m losing you”, Tessa Douwstra, aka Luwten, asserts during the climax of ‘Control’. It’s one of the many signature zingers of the Dutch producer, songwriter and musician. Luwten’s forthcoming music marks a step towards a new creative chapter. She considers these songs a study of a perfectionist who acknowledges that everything’s in constant flux. The embrace lies in the search itself, both as musician and as a human being.
By splicing artificial sounds with organic instrumentation, samples and field recordings, Douwstra explores one of life’s bigger emotional beats: how to reconcile a yearning for both solitude and companionship, a quandary the world of today is suddenly coping with on a massive scale. Within that tricky balance, Tessa finds solace in small, bemused observations she can clutch onto like cherished mementos.
‘Airport’ explores the crossroads of a relationship, playfully using a quote from Esther Perel – creator of the podcast Where Should We Begin – as a sample. “I feel like (Perel) is providing my generation with words on how to talk about these subjects. It feels like romanticism and relationships are being redefined at the moment and I find it interesting to listen to these ideas and think about them.”
Ultimately, Luwten’s songs evoke the feeling of an unspoken understanding with someone very close to you: to instinctively know when things can remain unresolved, when they can’t and when it’s okay to let the noise of the world run its course.