British Columbia producer Jamison Isaak didn't anticipate an adulthood of globe-trotting songcraft, but teenage exposure to iconic French house music videos cast a spell on him that still holds: "I knew then - this is what I wanted to do:' Catalyzed by synthetic sights and sounds from oceans away, he patiently taught himself primitive software and recording programs, reverse engineering the heady, swooning horizons of the dance music that had permanently bewitched him.
A decade later, having amassed an expansive discography of soft-focus synth pop and romantic electronica - crisscrossing the planet many times in the process - the subtext of his project's journey rings clear: "Teen Daze is dream fulfillment:' Enter Interior. An ode to electric futures glimpsed in ecstatic heights, from bedrooms to big rooms, it's an album of first loves refracted through prisms of wisdom, wounds, and wonder. Filter house and flashing lights; soft acid and vaporous neon; bumping clubs in spiral towers: "Like what the teenagers in Akira might be listening to:'
Collaborative cameos by multi-instrumentalist Joseph Shabason (on sublime fantasia opener "Last Time In This Place") and vocalist Cecile Believe (on the glitch-glamorous anthem "2AM (Real Love)") evocatively expand the record's palette but otherwise Interior is Izaak's love letter to his own artistic awakening, to the paradigm shifts inherent in youthful discovery and remote dreaming - your world exploded, your life forever changed. Years of devotion and divergence have honed his craft radically; tracks like "Nite Run," "Nowhere," and "Translation" are among the most supreme bangers in the entire Teen Daze canon, a delirious fusion of textural finesse and emotional transcendence. It's music of skylines, escape, and sensual energy, forever cresting through nights that never end.