Vasser returns today with brand new single 'Valerians'. This follows debut EP 'A Telling End', which saw the young singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist pick up support across the likes of Radio 1, 1xtra, BBC Introducing and surpass 3 million early streams. News of Vasser's second EP will follow soon.
'Valerians' marks a further step out of the shadows for Vasser, though its primary influence is in fact those darkest hours themselves: the track takes its title from the sleeping tablets of the same name, but effectively explores the death of a relationship and the clarity thereafter which can cut through the most crowded mind (waking you up in more ways than one). It's these moments of late-night lucidity which feel most apparent across 'Valerians', whose nuanced mix of organic textures, atmospheric electronics and an increasingly confident focus on songwriting and vocals easily marks it out asVasser's most distinct release to date.
Still just 19 years old, Vasser's work is already showing a curious eye for isolation, community and creativity. At home, the choice between a more artistic (but insular) life was apparent from an early age: whilst the London underground beats scene which Vasser aspired to seemed unreachable from the family's sleepy commuter-town, more immediate inspiration came from his mother, a German-born oil-painter who would work downstairs between Vasser's bass-heavy, studio shifts in the bedroom upstairs. Here he started writing songs in earnest around both his final exams and first serious breakup, beginning with the intense, introverted 'Whatever You Want'. Marching to (and producing) your own beat was further instilled by spotting the connections between subcultures Vasser loved: James Blake's cover of 'A Case Of You' opened a window to the work of Joni Mitchell, for instance, before the burgeoning Soundcloud community and DIY ethos of Youtube tutorials broke down any geographical or genre-based walls separating early dub or UK rap from dance producers like Floating Points and Jon Hopkins.
Now, the freedoms and frustrations of where Vasser - and indeed any new artist in 2018 - finds himself has proved to be a growing influence in itself. One of the first generation of producers to genuinely have it all at your fingertips, the duty to truly connect is not lost on Vasser: his suitably fluid artist-name variously seems to nod to both his German heritage, proudly immigrant mother, and the desire to write fully-formed songs - not just beats - which travel. "I've realised," says Vasser, "that you can involve other people without compromising on the desire to do everything yourself. I've been born in an age where you if you work hard, you can basically sound however you want - all it takes is time. And not being exposed to a massive social life through spending time on music has actually helped me express myself better."
A shining new light in a circle of young artists who may feel alone (but are in fact more together than ever), this year will take Vasser firmly out of his own head and into a brightly uncertain future.