Primarily recorded at my home studio in South London, Carrying Colour studio in Freetown, my old studio in Rotherhithe Old Police Station, and Casa Mahler in Spoleto.
Recorded on different pianos, including an upright in Freetown that had lost the felt of its hammers due to the humidity creating a harpsichord-like sound as the raw wood struck the
Other prominent instruments featured are Moog Grandmother, double bass, electric guitar and Juno-G.
Part of the piano recordings on ‘Up’ and ‘Drift’ were composed and recorded through April 2021, whilst I was an artist in residence at the Mahler & LeWitt Studios, Spoleto, for the ‘Mahler, The Song of the Earth’ project in partnership with Mahler Foundation. During the residency, I was studying and creating work in response to the life and work of Gustav Mahler, in particular ‘Das Lied Von Der Erde’ (The Song of the Earth) — a vast song cycle engaging with nature, forgiveness, friendship, and mortality themes.
While making this record, I wanted to explore what the natural environment means personally. I went on many trips into nature to engage with plant life and natural materials. These included everyday strolls around South London, walks with my mum in the hills surrounding Bath (Up), hikes through Freetown, the hills of Spoleto, up line in Ghana and nature sanctuaries in Sierra Leone (Wood). I found incredible examples of nature in all of these contexts, which I felt personally close to.
I made field recordings with my phone or Zoom recorder, documenting various birds, insects, monkeys, bats, plants, trees, stones and so on, which are all on the record.
180g Vinyl (Transparent purple in clear vinyl).
Full colour inner sleeve.
Insert of a specially commissioned text by Johanna Tagada Hoffbeck.