TOKiMONSTA

September 19, 2017 - 9:00pm

            On Tuesday, September 19, the Community Center for the Performing Arts and University of Oregon Campus radio 88.1 FM KWVA proudly welcomes TOKiMOSTA’s “Lune Rouge World Tour” to the WOW Hall.

LA-based super-producer Jennifer Lee, better known as TOKiMONSTA, is on a massive world tour in support of her upcoming album, Lune Rouge.  Slated for fall release via her own Young Art Records imprint, the album’s name translates to “Red Moon” and is named after the rare scientific phenomenon that holds an ominous weight across cultures worldwide (as also depicted in her cover art).

TOKiMONSTA teamed up with Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna for her most recent single, “Don’t Call Me”.  Over booming percussion, Yuna takes jabs at an ex-lover for disrespect and underestimating her shear coolness (“You never thought that I could be this cool”).  “Her vocals are silky with a chilling aggression,” notes Stereogum.  The new video for “Don’t Call Me” features both TOKiMONSTA and Yuna amongst shifting natural and supernatural landscapes, with Yuna clones multiplying while TOKiMONSTA stays at the helm controlling the soundscape.

As TOKiMONSTA, Lee has charted a fascinating career over the past seven years, and Lune Rouge is her exhilarating next step.  The third proper long-player from TOKiMONSTA is both a logical progression of her sound and a surprising left turn from an artist that rarely ceases to surprise.  A smoky, patient, and altogether lovely collection, Lune Rouge mixes modern sensibilities with old-school sounds to make for a heady brew of moonlit music.  

Lune Rouge is the culmination of all the experiences I've encountered so far," Lee explains the album's genesis, which she started work on in late 2015 before being diagnosed with a rare neurovascular condition called Moyamoya.  A year later, after two major brain surgeries and extensive rehabilitation, Lune Rouge was finished.

"During its creation, I faced some of the most difficult and uplifting moments of my life.  Seeing myself at the edge of my own mortality and how I chose to move past is a story told in this album,” she states.

Lee’s work as TOKiMONSTA gained widespread recognition from the very start: her 2010 debut album Midnight Menu saw release on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder imprint and cemented her reputation as a formidable presence of the then-emerging West Coast beat scene.  2011’s Creature Dreams EP expanded on Midnight Menu's palette with successful forays into vocal-led cuts thanks to the presence of regular collaborator Gavin Turek. 

The 2013 LP and Ultra Music debut Half Shadows found Lee exploring darker shades of her sound with guests such as Kool Keith and MNDR in tow.  Following Half Shadows’ release, Lee collaborated with artists like Jessie Ware, Anderson Paak and Kelly Rowland, while also putting out several records on her own Young Art Records imprint that served as practical blueprints for the dusky environs of Lune Rouge.  Mini-albums Desiderium and FOVERE elegantly deployed pitch-shifted vocal samples to add new textures to the TOKiMONSTA sound, and in 2015 she added her capable touch to Turek’s own mini-album, You’re Invited.

All these roads lead to Lune Rouge.  TOKiMONSTA’s sound has always kept one foot in the pop stratosphere, but Lune Rouge finds her diving in with glee.  Her effervescent beats serve as the perfect framework for these gorgeous songs.  

"I chose the title Lune Rouge, which translates to 'red moon', because I think people perceive it to hold ominous weight," Lee explains her thinking behind the album's title.  "However, a red moon is rare and pretty awesome event from a scientific perspective and, to me, means significant change."  And Lune Rouge is the latest change in her prismatic career — a testament to the healing powers of art in the face of insurmountable difficulty.

The Lune Rouge World Tour kicks off in Shanghai on August 4th and winds across hemispheres, ending in Bogota at the Sonar Bogota music festival on December 2nd.  The world tour will include performances at some of the world’s major music festivals and will wind through Japan, China, Korea, UK, Australia, North America, Argentina and Columbia.  The North American leg starts on September 16th in Seattle and ends at the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience festival in New Orleans on October 27th.

Tickets are $15 early bird, $18 advance and $20 day of show.  Doors open at 8:00 pm and showtime is 9:00.

 

Door Time: 
September 19, 2017 - 8:00pm
Cost: 
$15 early bird, $18 advance, $20 day of show