A Topic Avoided (2013) lp




This album is in memory of my grandfather Albert Sever. Each track is my own personal representation of a different approach to cope with his passing. Part notated ambience and part process derived descant, this is my best attempt at emulating the repercussions from losing a great man. 

  • track 1 - A Topic Avoided

    guitar, melodica, train whistle, electric bass, field recordings + processing

  • track 2 - The Brook
    handbell choir, recorders, melodica, piano, spoken word, field recordings + processing

    Based on the poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson (1809-1892)
    Dedicated to Becky Reilly

  • track 3 - Crystal Liturgy
    clarinet, violin, cello, piano, field recordings + processing

    Between three and four in the morning, the awakening of birds: a solo blackbird or nightingale improvises, surrounded by a shimmer of sound, by a halo of trills lost very high in the trees. Transpose this onto a religious plane and you have the harmonious silence of Heaven. -Olivier Messiaen

  • track 4 - Heir's Landscape
    flute, viola, guitar, field recording + processing

  • track 5 - From One's Pulse
    This is the final track from the album “A Topic Avoided” and lovingly steals from the last movement of Olivier Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time”.

    violin, cello, piano, electric bass, train whistle, field recording + processing

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