look at what’s past when the future is near
Several days ago marked one year since the debut EP was released. As with any somewhat-milestone, it’s a good time to look at how far things have come; give the figurative pat-on-the-back while putting up the telescope a little as well.
In the months that followed its release, the EP found its way into a number of hands and more than a few hearts. There was no big splash, but none was needed. Its being welcomed by even a small number of folks and met with enthusiasm in quiet-ish corners was success enough, and an indication that the project has both legs and life.
BlogTO’s The Neighbourhood Mixtape on ‘Birthplace St.’, the lead track on the EP: “The song unfolds with gleaming chords, vocal fades, and a final-minute flourish that feels as endless as those childhood nights when you wished you could stay up till dawn.”
Past Fragments was released this past January and was largely something done as a sort of an experiment/exercise; a series of minimal, atmospheric, instrumental piano pieces, mostly improvised and recorded haphazardly in short bursts over several days. Releasing it was decided after the fact and intended to be a kind of musical footnote more than anything else - very much following the same unplanned logic as its creation. Despite its much less direct nature, it more than quadrupled the first few week’s success of the EP, and has since it has found its way quite literally around the world to hundreds of new listeners in a fairly short amount of time. Past Fragments can be found here.
The instrumental song ‘Whale Bones’ was selected to be featured on the international post-rock/shoegaze/ambient compilation Deploy Your Senses Vol. 1 which was released just this last week. It’s flattering to have been included with so many talented artists from such a multitude of diverse places; it is excellent company to be in.
Lately it has mostly been on to development for what’s going to come later, but there will be a few new things in the months ahead.
All told it has been a good year. And everything’s grown.