“Workplace Tyranny”. “Fire Your Boss”. “Abolish Work”. Bold statements for buttoned-up, hard working DC. As we all know, when meeting someone new here, the common question asked is “So what do you do?” Ambient musician Tristan Welch suggests we leave our day jobs behind and find peace and fulfillment elsewhere. His minimalist, repetitive songs subtly evolve over time, rewarding meditative listening. Welch is a self-taught musician that always performs in suit and tie, in his words to “give the art the respect it deserves.” Welch works to spread the message that “we can only truly change what we have by withholding our labor, uniting as a working class to stand up against oppression. This is ambient music (drenched in reverb, delay and distortion) for the social consciousness.”
We’re quite proud to help premiere the music video for “Monday”, the lead off track from Welch’s fourth release 40 Hours on Verses Records. Visual artist Monica Stroik of Super!Silver!Haze! created this music video showing Welch holding up protest signs, as the background transitions from driving on 95 to the Washington Monument to a forest in Vermont.
The 40 Hours EP drops on February 22nd, but you should absolutely pre-order it right now to grab one of the limited edition 140 gram vinyl editions. Welch performs Saturday night at new DIY spot Dwell with Antonia, singer for punk band Mock Identity, and Coven Tree, the duo of strings players Hannah Burris and Alexia Kauffman. Mark your calendars for Welch’s 40 Hours release show on February 23nd at Mobius Records in Fairfax with Jake Reid of Screen Vinyl Image.