RIYL: neo-classical

Label: Sonic Pieces

Wall Sailor doesn’t merely settle for being a stationary willowing flower. Wall Sailor gets a good survey of the perilous social seas and waits for the opportune time to fire the cannons loaded with ego and bravado. Wall Sailor shows piano, percussion and synthesizers intermingle seamlessly and keeps the meek will alive. Wall Sailor is on the edge of disaster, with a fluttering heartbeat akin to a hummingbird’s but it continues onward instead of choosing to pass out – life’s ultimate way to avoid conflict and worry, outside of death or becoming comatose. Simon James Phillips, Andrea Belfi and BJ Nilsen channel the spirit of vigor along with decay, with its chattering hi-hats/snares and its droning synthesized waves. This is, often, playfully composed, but it can feel like a nerve-wracked affair to the wrong set of ears. Listen to a preview of Wall Sailor below via the link in the blue box and see what you think of it. Cheers!

 

The Details

LP, comes in a reversed cardboard jacket, printed in- and outside with full tone colours, lasercut-artwork and printed inner sleeves, ltd. to 500 copies

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For some this could sound like a supergroup: Simon James Phillips' vivid piano playing with Andrea Belfi's precise percussion and drum patterns make the perfect companions for BJ Nilsen's electronics, welding together a driving energy.

It is a rare treat to come across a record that imparts music as spacious as Wall Sailor. The album's ability to capture the listener with a mixture of acoustic instruments, field recordings and digital processing, with constant movement and relentless tension, is nothing but astonishing. Just like an actual murmuration in the sky, the trio's music refuses to keep steady and allows us to perceive its structures and formations from afar. These pieces could go everywhere; and yet they remain as pleasant as they are fascinating and never fail to impress. The Swifter's compositions breath an urgency for expression that never gives in to their controlled and skilled performance.

Listening closely, you can imagine following the beating of wings, as if these tracks have been waiting to be released to cherish their freedom.

Price $23.82

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