Occasionally, an artist enters the scene that causes us to pay attention. An artist who, through his elusive nature, causes us to ask questions. An artist who develops an intrigue. Tristan Agostino, now known as Leng Hock, a 23-year-old Brisbane-based Chinese/Italian producer and singer, does just that.
It’s easy to be intrigued by Leng Hock.
Formerly known as Floria, the artist shares with us ‘Same’, his first official single for 2016, on Pilerats Records / Warner Music. The video, conceptualised, styled and directed by Agostino himself, highlights this sense of intrigue; it’s a nostalgic, dream-like haze of ambiguity. It’s moody. It’s pensive. “The video is about the frustration with being trapped in a seemingly mundane suburban lifestyle,” says Agostino, “and the extreme behaviours that I indulge in to fill that void.”
The clip, filmed and co-directed by Corey D. Donaldson, is shot in Brisbane’s Chinatown. It intertwines pleasure and pain, to the point where the two mutually exclusive entities become unclear. It drips of lust and desire. It exudes danger. It seems hazy and unclear. And that seems to be the point.
Perhaps, then, it’s this artistic vision that is most intriguing.
Agostino signed to Warner Music’s Pilerats Records label in 2014. His debut independent single ‘Bring It Back’ (under ‘Floria’) created movement on triple j Unearthed. After debuting his live performance in support of Cashmere Cat, Agostino was the main support act for Rae Sremmurd at their recent Australian shows.
Could this be the future of Australian R&B? We’re excited to see what’s in store for him next. In the meantime, keep your eyes peeled for Agostino over the coming months—he’s set to release his debut EP on Pilerats Records—check him out on Facebook and Twitter. Watch the exclusive video premiere above.
‘Same’ is now available on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes and GooglePlay.