The New LoFi

Ten Years

The two new singles from Portland-based producer, Rohne bends electronic music into an orchestral shape

Keenan Branch is the Portland, Oregon-based producer behind Rohne. Branch’s debut album, Meridian was the result of his travels around the world with a field recorder in his hand. It drew inspiration from the sounds of India and the mountains of the Pacific Northwest where Branch lives. The album was a way for Branch to explore the bond between his art, and the world around him.

This year, Rohne is back with two brand new singles that continue to expand his aural vocabulary. With each track he seems to bend electronic music to an orchestral end. In a way, he composes rather than produces. Branch builds the foundation to his tracks with a balanced piece of percussion and then layers it with a range of instruments to find the melody; a well placed vocal here, a choice wind chime there, a subtle synth riff rising from the background. It’s as if he is conducting a small orchestra of electronic instruments.

“Last winter I settled into a steady routine of studio time, reading, walks in the forest, and teaching myself to play the piano” explains Branch when talking about his new album. “I was also discovering a new appreciation for a lot of ambient, classical, and techno music. [My latest single] ‘Twelve’ feels like a pretty accurate sum of my inspirations and life from that period, and was definitely a step into some new creative territory for me.”

Have a listen to Rohne’s two new singles below, and look out for his sophomore album to be released later this year.

Rohne – Twelve

Rohne – Ceres