Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Brenton Foster - The Nature Of Light (2017)

This record represents more than a collection of music. It feels more akin to a personal enlightenment, drawing on experiences that evoked strong emotions across the spectrum. In each track, an experience and emotion are represented by one prominent colour which, even with the passing of time, instantly recalls its origin. 

This was the inspiration for this record - emotion defined through colour. An emotion which resonated within me, that I could reflect on, could sit with, often for days or weeks at a time. Those emotions find an outlet in these songs, the composition of which, though credited to me, happened almost involuntarily; an innocent bystander as the music found its way to the piano and the page. It is by this metric, the emotional rawness and honesty, that I feel so proud of this record. It speaks of sadness, love, hope and fear, of happiness, regret and excitement. 

Emotional expression is hard. For me, at least. Talking about emotion, particularly negative emotion, is a painful process. This record provides me freedom of expression, in a language with which I’m more comfortable. 

This record is intensely personal. It has challenged me and left me exhausted, but at the same time, has inspired and energised me. I hope it will do the same for you. I hope this record will help you to pause, to reflect, to feel and to express your inner self as honestly and fearlessly as possible. 

Thank you.

Composition by Brenton Foster 
Produced by Brenton Foster 

Piano: Brenton Foster 
Trumpet: Tom Jovanovic 
Saxophone: Gideon Brazil 
Trombone: Nick Pietsch 
Double Bass: Marty Holoubek 
Drums: Aaron McCoullough 

Recorded by Allan Neuendorf 
New Village Studios, Melbourne, Australia 
Mixed by Tom Barnes 
Mary Street, Adelaide, Australia 
Mastered by Robert Thomas 
Ten Eight Seven Mastering, London, UK 

Photography: Madeléna Rehorek 
Art Direction: James Bobridge

1. mx 05:35
2. First Day 06:51
3. Hundreds And Thousands 05:26
4. Juniper 04:44
5. Midnight Suite, pt I: Transit 01:37
6. Midnight Suite, pt II: Rialto 04:24
7. Midnight Suite, pt III: Flinders Street 04:29
8. Playtime 04:49
9. The Audacity Of Tropes (Redwash) 07:47