Donavan Nguon is a Cambodian-Canadian singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and creative mastermind behind the solo, indie electro pop recording project Visreri. Inspired by an eclectic array of influencers including Yasutaka Nakata, Sky Ferreira, My Bloody Valentine and others, Nguon’s work with Visrei sees the Cambodian-Canadian artist crafting painterly soundscapes with synths superimposed on thumping rhythms.
Nguon’s full-length debut is slated for a Winter 2022 release through Lisbon Lux Records. The album’s first single “Quelqu’un d’autre” is a swooning bit of dreamy pop centered around layers of glistening and twinkling synth arpeggios, skittering beats paired with an infectious hook and the Cambodian-Canadian artist’s achingly plaintive vocals. Sonically. “Quelqu’un d’autre” may bring Washed Out’s Within and Without to mind. But as the Canadian singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer explains the song thematically can be read in two very different yet profound ways: The song describes the sensation of having to worry about being lonely, of not having a lover/soulmate and the desperate push to search and meet new people. But it also conveys a reassuring message in the event that your hopes don’t come true.