“Moonriser” begins with an extended introduction that opens the door to the world of Kasztan’s sound palette. Delicate, emotive and evoking dreamlike visuals, Kasztan’s high-twinkling synths and atmospheric soundscapes set a surrealist narrative. The ambient offering quickly takes a foreboding turn with the introduction of a gritty bass synth, and later, a choral-inspired soundscape. Tributing his post-rock roots, Kasztan completes the fantasia with a soft, arpeggiating guitar sequence. A true embodiment of his craft, Kasztan delivers another unforgettable sonic experience with “Moonriser”; reflective of the colourful influences he’s been exposed to during his fruitful years in music.
In 2012, he signed his debut album under his STAL moniker with Arista/Sony Music. In parallel with his production output on the project, Pierre-Marie started writing bespoke music for commercials, signing the soundtrack for a documentary before going on to win an award for his work on an animated short film. This was followed by a string of high-profile remixes for the likes of Sia, Tinashe and Years and Years, as well as collaborative efforts with London singer VV Brown.
More recently during lockdowns, Pierre-Marie found himself back in France from LA and exploring a more techno-oriented production profile in Kasztan, where he champions distinct cinematic qualities whilst staying true to his post-rock roots. Under this progressive new moniker, Kasztan delivered his debut EP “Rare Earth Elements” to high acclaim back in September, and now continues on his journey in the ambient realm with a series of forthcoming lockdown creations to stir the senses.