Last Days - Seafaring - LP Vinyl

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c0012752
UPC:
702224125414

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Album:
Seafaring
Artist:
Last Days
Format:
12" Vinyl
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The oceans continue to be a chief source of inspiration for the Northumberland-born, Edinburgh-based composer Graham Richardson, who titled his 2006 debut Sea. Halfway through his latest record we hear the sound of waves rumbling in the distance, collapsing against the shore to the sound of quivering strings and organ drones with a weighty majesty. The small, seemingly random popping noises in the foreground could be the sound of cracking ice, or perhaps the gradual buckling of wood. They appear on Endurance, a track named after the vessel trapped and eventually crushed by huge chunks of Antarctic debris during its ill-fated expedition.

The kind of music Richardson makes – sentimental, evocative instrumentals performed by acoustic piano and strings – leaves plenty room for interpretation, so the little clues offered by track titles and the album artwork are useful in prompting the listener’s imagination. Even without these signposts though, his gentle, expansive arrangements paint vivid mental landscapes often tinged with a sense of melancholy and decay. Found sound is central in achieving this effect; the garbled shipping transmission included in Strait of Dover for instance, sounds like the ghostly echo of a forgotten world when paired with Richardson's ethereal string harmonies.
A1Towards The Horizon
A2Whitecaps
A3Fading Shore
A4James Caird
A5Surfacing
A6Strait of Dover
B1Endurance
B2Weddell Sea
B3Tiny Flares
B4Murmurations
B5Where The Sky Rests

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