Purple Decades is the new Ambient project from Cincinnati based Pianist, Composer, and Producer Tristan Eckerson. In the past five years Tristan has released six full length albums and more than two album's worth of singles, both independently and with 1631 Recordings (Nils Frahm, Dustin O'Halloran, Hauschka), A Remarkable Idea (Bloc Party, Benoît Pioulard, Maxïmo Park, Robot Koch), Mellotron Records, 7K! Records, and Sonder House. He has toured through North America and Europe and has composed music for award winning commercials, short films, and web series. His music has received multiple sync placements in television and film, and has been streamed over forty million times worldwide. Tristan contributed a track to the 2022 Piano Day Compilation, released by German label Leiter and featuring artists such as Olafur Arnalds, Chilly Gonzales, and Balmorhea.
After a string of well received singles, Tristan released his debut album as Purple Decades in January of 2023. The album, entitled "Journey Test", was released by Portland based label Beacon Sound (Colleen, Lucrecia Dalt, Jóhann Jóhannsson), and was accompanied by music videos by filmmakers from France, Spain, and Japan. While Tristan's past work has focused largely on solo piano, Purple Decades is much more of an exploration into soundscapes, electronic textures, and immersive musical environments. While many tracks on the album still feature piano or keyboards in some form, the compositional approach is accompanied by extensive work with reverb, foley, and orchestral electronic arrangements, and some tracks have eschewed the piano completely, opting instead for immersive and texturally rich auditory journeys. "Journey Test" is available now digitally and on limited edition vinyl.