My second album is out now. The title is "Aburelu". It's been four years since the last release.
Over the course of four years, I've seen a lot of changes in myself and the music I make as a result.
As some of you may know, I've been making music as a band/unit, including some in the past, in addition to XTAL solo.
The band with Jun Kamoda (Illreme) and Kenya Koarata ssssurroundddd has created contemporary pop, the band Jintana & Emeralds with Hitomitoi aims for Neo Doo-wop, and Traks Boys with k404 has created dance music based on our experience as a DJ.
I think that this album is different from any of them as a result.
If you listen to it, you'll understand immediately. First of all, I don't use any rhythm instruments like drums or percussion.
The length of each song is also reduced to a maximum of three minutes.
The direction of the music was also focused on how I could go outside of my intentions, and how I could go outside of them, which I hadn't done before.
The title "Aburelu" means "overflowing". I aimed for music that would overflow to the outside of the demarcated grid.
I hope you enjoy this new endeavor.
XTAL's music career took off in 1995. He teamed up with his friend k404 as the DJ duo Traks Boys, who also produced numbers of their own music including "Starburst / Yellow Birds" released under Internasjonal, a Norwegian record label organized by Prins Thomas. Crystal, his solo project, maintains constant releases from labels such as Crue-L Records, Beats In Space Records . As a DJ, he keeps the weekend floors floaty, euphoric and groovy. In 2016, he not only renewed his alias to XTAL -still the same pronunciation as Crystal- but released his 1st solo album "Skygazer" from Crue-L Records. The album is conceptually experimental but still clearly shows his endless interest in and love for House, Techno, Disco, and Japanese City Pops.