One year after Disarm (1631 Recordings), Cincinnati-based pianist and composer Tristan Eckerson has announced the release of a new album. Dream Variations is out on July 6th as self-release. Pre-order is avalable via Bandcamp.

He describes the inspiration for this latest album as coming from a combination of his current major influences, namely: Ryuichi Sakamoto, Beethoven, Sigur Ros and Tigran Hamasyan. He says about his goals for the album: “I wanted to make an album that was dynamic and exciting, but also ethereal, ambient, relaxing, and whimsical. I wanted to focus on strong songwriting and melodies, but also the overall tone and atmosphere of the album itself.

Elevate” is the first excerpt. Listen below.