Visual artist Briony Jo recalls a chance encounter with musician Trent-Jean, from which a “Interdimensional Kindred Friendship.”
For most musicians, the visual elements that accompany their work are often an equally important common thread in the overall artistry. For Trent-Jean – his latest single electric was supplemented by a technicolour music video – the connection between music and aesthetics is particularly clear. Often spotted sporting a leather jacket and aviator goggles, the Brisbane singer presents an image of swagger in his broader aesthetic that spills over into his distinctive pop-rock sound, influencing him masterfully.
For that reason, a chance encounter with artist Briony Jo last year would prove instrumental in the direction of Jean’s aesthetic and sonic creative vision. Drop by happy mag To contribute to this piece, Briony traces the origins of her partnership with Trent-Jean, from their first meeting at a country club, through the creation of individual artworks, to the broader exchange of a “interdimensional kindred friendship.”
“Four months ago my daughter and I went to a country club where an enigmatic young artist in sunglasses was playing in the corner.‘ Briony recalls. “What followed was a three-hour bonding session in the beer garden, which was about love, death and music [and] Art.” Briony explains that from that point on, a kind of mutually constitutive flame was ignited that would continue to change “the trajectory of [Briony’s] Life.”
After their first acquaintance, Briony and Trent-Jean discussed a number of topics from “astro travel” Tow awayworld domination” but it was her “big plans for art projects‘, that would prove to be the most fruitful. Trent-Jean treated Briony to “an eavesdropping party in the parking lot, meanwhile, they enjoyed the singer’s latest single electric, as well as the track CINAMMON.
That one moment of serendipity would lead to the creation of CINAMMON‘s only artwork in which Briony renders Trent-Jean in a blue-toned mosaic of painted dots and swirls. Of course, Trent-Jean’s signature sunglasses have a well-deserved appearance, and the singer is accompanied by the quote: “Fear is a delicate animal that is always untamed.”
Briony recounts the creation of the artwork and says it led to the couple: “Leap[ing] willingly down an analogue celebrated rabbit hole where art meets music, friends become families and artistic expressionism became our working currency.” Such masterful brushwork could only be achieved by an artist who is a fan of his muse, and Briony praises the dual focus on image and sound in Trent-Jean’s work.
“My favorite observation of young Trent is the fact that he is always active. Around the clock he lives and breathes to create, celebrate and introduce his unique brand of cosmic rock star to the world. Cross-genre, melodically potent, chaotic vulnerability; all spun together with vocals deep, rich, velvety and straight from the 9th dimension.”
electric is the first song from Trent-Jean’s forthcoming debut album DEATHIS4L’ILLUSION. Listen to the lead single below.
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