The new remix from Eli & Fur, fuses haunting bass-lines over delicate textural sounds. Eli & Fur say: “When we were sent the Fougére album we were excited to do something as it stood out as being really different to anything we have done before. He’s an incredibly talented pianist and all the tracks were beautiful. We sampled parts of the piano on ‘Still Life’ and added the electronic elements that felt true to us.
Having composed under his birth name for so long, Norton took his moniker ‘Fougère’ from one of his passions: smell. It’s the term for one of the main fragrance families, one that tends to have sweet lavender top notes with woodier, oakmoss undertones. He wanted his music to occupy a space and give a floating sense of calmness in the same way a fragrance would: “That’s why I sit at the piano. It’s meditative for me.”
Fougère will soundtrack a different time, one where people have been slowing down, and becoming more contemplative. Though he composed the LP when the world was in a different place, there’s a sense that the record can offer a much-needed calmness to cut through the noise. In his words, “I hope people get out of it what I get from sitting at a piano.”
Selecting the right artwork was an important step in the project for the visually-minded Fougère, who chose Lana Del Rey and Tame Impala collaborator Neil Krug and his vintage, psychedelic photography. After the pair chatted about the record, Krug said he completely understood Norton’s vision, crafting a series of snapshots of night time flora, desert plants, sun-bleached oceans and lost desert roads that complement the fragile yet urgent key strokes on the record.