An Angel fell Where the Kestrels Hover (kk022)

by Peter Wright

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Sunstroke 05:33
Kestrels 11:16


An Angel Fell Where The Kestrels Hover started life as the second part of a two album reflection on my emotive responses to seasonal changes, both in a personal sense and also a more social and geographical sense. My double CD Snow Blind, recorded at the same time and released earlier this year on Install, captures the foreboding darkness and gloom of winter, whilst An Angel Fell... focusses on the spring and summer months, and as a result has a generally sunnier disposition.

Obviously there's a direct literal interpretation at work here, the music is brighter and more melodic, perhaps even sensual, without as much harsh discordance that is predominant on Snow Blind. On 'Lavender Buzz' the seasonal inspiration is most literal, where the foundation of the piece is from a strategically placed microphone in the middle of a clump of lavender plants recording bees collecting nectar from the flowers. But also, as the music was actually recorded during the summer I only had to look out the window or take a walk in the nearby Streatham Common to get a sense of the type of almost lazy sounds I wanted to create. Ironically, this was also one of the wettest July's on record in the UK and the frequency of the often violent thunderstorms also tainted my creative thoughts, neatly juxtaposing light and dark textures.

Aside from the weather, location was also an important factor. I made these recordings in London, England, where my wife and myself were living at the time. This is an album heavily influenced by living in that sprawling, chaotic urban jungle, as most of my last few releases have been. Reflections on physical and mental space are frequently wrapped up in the sounds I make, even at their most abstract. London was my home for nearly 6 years and this was the last recording I made consciously referencing and musing on the city before we moved back to New Zealand in 2008. In many ways it represents the closing of a circle that started with my first UK-based recordings that appeared on Yellow Horizon (PseudoArcana, 2004).

The titles I come up with for my music can be fairly oblique, often abstract and meaningless, but they can reflect my mood at the time I make the sounds themselves. Sometimes they are socially or politically motivated, sometimes very personal and inward-looking. At their most poetic they can be a substitute for lyrics, but the titles are not necessarily designed to lead the listener into a particular train of thought when listening to the sounds. The album title, An Angel Fell Where The Kestrels Hover, was one of the first I came up with when previewing my early mixes on headphones sitting in a South London meadow watching a kestrel circling high above looking for field mice in the long grass. I could immediately see a connection to the birds movements and the way my music drifts and floats. The kestrel's hovering flight, almost like a hummingbird, beating it's wings and making minute adjustments in the wind, allowing it's head to remain absolutely still to enable it's sharp eyes to spot movement in the ground metres below is amazing to watch. And I liked the idea that maybe it could see something in the grass that us mere mortals can not, like a fallen angel.

要注目ニュージーランドのアヴァンシーンの人気ギタリストによる、変 幻自在のドローン集。 美しいハーモニー、光り輝く響き、シタールのよ うな瞑想性、肉体的音圧と圧倒的強度を誇る ヘビーウェイト級の名作。

「小さな鷹が舞う場所に天使が落ちた」と題された本作は、この前作 「Snow Blind」が冬の暗さを 表しているのに対し、春と夏に制作 されたものでより明るくメロディアスな作品になっている。と、 同時に その頃英国では記録的な雨が降り、そうした憂鬱な気分もあいまってい ると本人は分析、 またそれまで6年間移り住んだ英国での最後の録音 で、区切り的な意味合いを持つ作品でもある。 タイトルの鷹は、その飛 ぶ様子から自在に流れていくサウンドを、落ちた天使とは鷹の視点から 人間が気付きもしない面白いものを見つける様を表しており、詩的な感 情を見事に体現した アルバムである。


New Zealand native Peter Wright has invested a significant chunk of the last 20 years investigating ways of deconstructing the guitar, loosening the shackles by which the instrument is traditionally constrained, and presenting re-imagined abstract audio fields. At times Wright's instrumental musings have an almost lyrical, poetic familiarity, like a half-formed memory flickering out a distant signal from damaged synapses. The primitive musical forms that result can seem deeply personal and intimate, almost as if you have stumbled upon a private ceremony by accident, but despite the feeling you are an intruder, you cannot pull away.

For the past decade Wright has worked under his own name, recording and performing from bases in New Zealand and the UK, as well as touring Europe and the USA, and releasing 7 albums (including one double and one triple disc set) and a host of limited edition cdrs and records on labels across the world including Install, Celebrate PSI Phenomenon, PseudoArcana, Last Visible Dog, Archive, Students of Decay, Digitalis.

After a year of traveling and keeping a low profile, 2009 has so far seen the issue of no less than 2 full length albums ('Snow Blind' 2xCD [Install], 'Bright Failing Star' LP [Release The Bats], a 7" record and two collaborative projects, and work has begun on a collectors box of out of print and unreleased recordings, photography, film and ephemera from the past 6 or so years of activity.

ニュージーランド出身、現在は再び英国をベースに活動するギタリスト で、 その20年に渡るキャリアの中、一環としてギターを使った探求を くり返している。時にその プレイは破壊的でさえあるが、彼の音楽には カオスを越えた詩的ともさえ言える美しさが 備わっており中毒性に満ち ている。これまでにニュージーランドのCelebrate PSI Phenomenonや、 米国のDigitalis, Students of Decay, Last Visible Dog など数々の名門ノイズ~ドローン・ レーベルから7枚のフル・アル バムを残している。


released October 22, 2009

Recorded live to disc by Peter Wright, Tooting Bec, London, July 2-5 2007.
Birds and Bees recorded in the Rookery, Streatham Common, June 6 2007.

Photographs by PW, London, 2007. Layout and design by mondii.

Thanks to Derek, Nao, Andrea, Leyla, David, Brian


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