Tristan, is the alter ego of 23-year-old Belgian vocalist, composer and producer, Isolde Van den Bulcke.
Considered one of Belgium’s rising female artists, her new EP ‘delidomia’, released 8th March via PIAS, fuses elegant vocal pop with ambient sounds and cosmic jazz and draws on influences such as Björk, Boards of Canada, Arca, Oneothrix Point Never and Wayne Shorter.
Her spellbinding debut EP ‘Illusje’, released in 2018 to critical acclaim, led to Belgium’s leading arts and culture publication Focus Knack to promptly ask, “Is this the Flemish Melanie de Biasio?”
Composing, producing and performing her own music, Isolde studied jazz vocals at the Conservatory of Ghent and Tilburg University and at the tender age of 17, she took her first steps towards a promising recording career when she formed SIAM and won the prestigious East Flemish music award, Oost. Best.
Her most recent live shows as Tristan have not gone unnoticed either with a sold-out show in her hometown Ghent and rave reviews for further shows at We Are Open (Trix) and Gent Jazz. She also caught the attention of Belgian-Egyptian musician Tamino who invited her to support him on tours throughout France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
For Isolde, her new project is an extension of herself. Her magnetic vocals on new single ‘Maljaande’, her most pop-centric song to date, suggests a more grown-up version of her previous guise. Beguiling sounds and mesmerizing grooves exhort a magical and hypnotic dreamscape as the track shuttles between darkened electronics, pop and jazz. “Maljaande’s narrative deals with the paradox of a young, Western woman living a happy-go-lucky life while struggling to truly enjoy it, in the knowledge that outside her cultural bubble, the world is a mess”, she says. Steam here
On ‘Olso’, Tristan delivers an equally intriguing and fascinating sound as her rich vocals demand your attention against a backdrop of breakbeat drums and ambient layering while the avant-noir jazz-inflected ‘Interdimi’, uses electronic embellishments to create an expanse of emotion with Tristan’s irresistible vocals taking centre stage once more.
Tristan has already received her first radio play on Belgian national radio and appeared in numerous ‘Artists to Watch’ lists across many national media outlets at the end of the 2018.