It has been a huge day for me so far! I totally redesigned my tired looking website (which had served me since 2006), and I launched my new album, "imPossibilities: Explorations in Wood & Steel".
I am buoyed by the positive response that I've had so far, and the kind words I've received. This album was a labour of love that started in 2013 when I started recording the first track for the album, SatyatA. In between that time and now I had a 2nd child, moved house, played hundreds of gigs, attended Hangout USA 2014, purchased a couple more handpans, and worked on a couple of other amazing albums by some beautiful people.
It was the move, and the new studio that really enabled me to focus on composing and recording this album.
This year has been spent working on some amazing handpan centred albums - Archer & Tripp's "Ko A La Ta Ki", imPossibilities, and Adrian J Portia's "Life In Colour". I really feel that through these albums we've managed to find a great setup for recording handpan, and I've also gained a lot of insight into the recording process as a whole.
If you haven't heard them, definitely check out:
Ko A La Ta Ki
Life In Colour
From experience, I'm pretty useless at updating blogs or newsfeeds on my website, but I'll try to update this blog when I have interesting stuff to put out there :)
I'll leave this post with the most amazing review that I received within hours of releasing the album. I am so appreciative of these kind words, and hope that you too will enjoy the fruits of my labour.
"Okay so I just finished listening to the whole album. It's flippin' awesome. It's an absolute must-have for anyone who collects handpan music and music in general! The breadth of musicality is really impressive and opens up consideration of the role of the handpan in bigger musical contexts. And Jeremy certainly nails it in that regard smile emoticon
The sounds are often moody, longing, reflective, romantic (towards a person or a place), and certainly worldly. I'm often reminded of one of my favourite albums, 'Black Sands' by Bonobo, with winding and emotion-laden clarinet lines. The bass clarinet is just so dope, as well, really adds acoustic life to the lower range.
I went in just expecting to hear great handpan-driven music, but I heard so much more. The 'steel only' tracks carry a certain beautiful tension, with 'Conflict' embodying the mystery and intrigue of a Persian court, and 'Requiem' being an appropriately delicate tribute song. 'Road Trip' is a personal favourite among them, giving me the feeling of cascading warmth and light washing over me.
The 'wood only' tracks are... Just... Woah! The breathiness of the instrumentation brings so much warmth, power and expression. 'ReMiDiFi' at times makes me think of a choir, with the harmonic interplay of voices and stirring, sustained notes. 'Contraption' totally has the theatrics of an old mystery/thriller film or musical, with night-alley melodies, bold stabs and a strong percussion-less drive. Lastly, 'Epilogue: Civilsation's End' is a lonely, heartfelt piece which further showcases Jeremy's musical breadth and sensitivity.
Now the magic happens when wood and steel are married, with 'Schism' probably being my personal favourite (BUT THEY ARE ALL SO GOOD!). I absolutely love seeing how handpans find their place in music, and this full-bodied, complex delivery of such an endeavour fills me with hope and excitement for the future of handpan music! I strongly recommend you listen for yourself and help me find the words to describe this truly dope union."