Tristan Whitehill is the mad synthesist behind the Euglossine project. Whitehill is a prolific musician based in Gainesville, Florida who has his hands in some of the area’s finest offerings, including but not limited to the bossa-infused funk of Levek and forward-looking hip-hop of MSNRA.
Whitehill’s solo endeavours are euphoric love stories to the history of electronic music. “Paradise Riddle” opens with a rubbery acid bass line that guides celestial keyboards through the narrow passageways of secret levels from your favorite childhood videogames.
IDM may be an antiquated term, but I can think of few artists who embody the classification as genuinely as Euglossine. The last time we spoke, Whitehill talked about his affinity for Romantic-era chords. I may not be able to call out the dominant eleventh or thirteenth chords Euglossine employs, but I can confidently say his harmonic complexity is a breath of fresh air in a world saturated in pitch correction and beat quantization.
One of Portals’ favorite labels, MJ MJ Records, will be releasing Euglossine’s latest tape, Dance District, next month and if “Paradise Riddle” is any indication of its quality, I suggest you buy a tape as soon as possible. Grab the full details here and, if you’re in Florida, don’t miss the absolutely stacked release show on September 6th at a spot in Gainesville called the Jam with Kodak to Graph, Farms, Merlin Monroe, Vacation Dad, and Moon Jelly.