Qrion: I Hope It Lasts Forever – 2021

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Qrion: I Hope It Lasts Forever – Album – 2021 – Anjunadeep

Genre: Electronica, House, Deep House, Melodic House

Intro:
Qrion

Qrion, born in 1994 in Sapporo, Japan, residing in San Francisco, 27 years old, is rolling up the EDM scene from behind for quite some time now. She began producing her own sounds while she was still in the high school in Sapporo, taking inspiration from all the environments that are accessible to her. She uses the sounds of the world around her to create a distinct, supremely atmospheric sound supported by energetic beats and lush multi-layered synth textures.

Beginning in 2013, her work initially appeared on various labels until 2019, when she was launching her impressive career with Anjunadeep. In addition to her impressive original productions, Qrion also has a knack for creating outstanding remixes. She has been extremely successful in lending her forward-thinking sound to acts such as Alina Baraz, Lane 8, Catching Flies, TOKiMONSTA and more.

About the album:

On October 29, 2021, Qrion released her debut album “I Hope It Lasts Forever” on Anjunadeep. She took advantage of her time in lockdown to put together an album that incorporates many childhood memories of home in Sapporo and the feelings that marked the time she moved from Sapporo to San Francisco. “I connected with my old memories – the feelings of spending time with my father, the time I spent with my family in Japan, and the small but important moments from my life in Sapporo,” Qrion says about her debut album.

The album packs a heavy punch and is impressively showing off Qrion’s arranging skills. “I Hope It Lasts Forever” is an exceedingly exciting acoustic journey through the various house subgenres. The piano passages and arrangements in “Proud” and “Your Love” are an open commitment to classic house sounds and remind a bit to the production style of LP Giobbi. Now this closeness is not surprising, as Qrion and LP Giobbi have been performing in a row at many festivals in the US lately.

Qrion

Certainly you can hear some acoustic parallels to Marsh or to the sounds on Lane8’s “This Never Happened” imprint. Qrion is like a little sponge and adapts the many different sound patterns she encounters with sharp ears and creates her own, unmistakable sound worlds of outstanding beauty.

It is incredibly difficult to highlight tracks on this exceptional album, because here there is not one weak piece, Qrion is very skillfully placing the individual tracks on the album and thus creates an immensely fascinating arc of tension with an incredible density. Just listen to “11-11” as an example or also the hypnotically pulsating “Waterfalls”, also “Proud” as an almost classic house track is able to please exceedingly.

The Bottom Line:

With “I Hope It Lasts Forever” Qrion has presented a fantastic album, which is without a doubt one of the best releases of 2021 in the field of Electronica, and for me it is the album of the year in the Electronic Dance Music segment. With smooth, exquisite beats to dreamy, graceful ambient set pieces to dancefloor numbers in a 90’s guise, Qrion is covering an enormously wide spectrum on this work. Listening to this album, there is not even the slightest hint of boredom, it is boundless fun to explore an album, which does not show any signs of wear and tear even after multiple listens over the entire running time of 67 minutes.

The Anjunadeep album is available in Lossless format with 16 bit / 44.1 kHz (CD quality) and sounds excellent over the entire frequency range.

9.5

Overall

Music10
Format: 24 Bit / 48 kHz10
Räumlichkeit / Spatiality10
Höhen / Treble9.5
Mitten / Mids9.5
Bass / Bass9.5
Video (Sound + Picture)8
Facts:

Artist: Qrion
Title: I Hope It Lasts Forever
Format: Album
Label: Anjunadeep
Release Date: 29. October 2021
15 Tracks | 1:06:43

Lossless

At Anjunadeep available in
16 Bits / 44.1 kHz (Lossless)

My Test Equipment:

Studio 1 (High End):

  • 2 x System Audio SA Mantra 50 (front)
  • 1x System Audio SA Mantra 10 AV (center)
  • 2x System Audio SA Legend 5 (rear)
  • 1 x System Audio Saxo 10 (subwoofer)
  • 4 x Onkyo SKH-410 (B) (Dolby Atmos)
  • Auralic Altair (audio streaming client with max. 32 bit / 384 kHz)
  • NVIDIA Shield Pro with Plex, Kodi (max 192 kHz for  Audio, Tidal (MQA Streaming Client)
  • AppleTV 4K (Streaming Client) Dolby Atmos, HDR, Dolby Vision
  • Amazon Cube 4K (Streaming Client) Dolby Atmos (restricted), HDR, Dolby Vision
  • Panasonic DP-UB9004 (4K UHD Player) Dolby Atmos, HDR, Dolby Vision
  • Oppo UDP-203 (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Player) Dolby Atmos, HDR, Dolby Vision
  • Yamaha CX-A5100 (Preamp) 4K, Dolby Atmos, Hi-res
  • Yamaha MX-A5000 (Power Amp)
  • Sony KD-55A1 (TV) 4K OLED, HDR, Dolby Vision

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