I did not set out to write this album: more than anything else I have done, this one wrote itself. As such, it should be no surprise that it sounds markedly different from anything else I've done, so far. Robert Fripp says that Music seeks to enter the world through us, and by perfecting our craft, we become more fit vessels, in which case, I have no idea why Music chose me as the vessel for this particular expression. Still, here we are . . .
Some time back, I was taken with the idea of the sound of a more or less empty world, under a vast and violent sky. As I set about trying to re-create the sound I heard inside my skull, and the sense of desolation that accompanied it, it seemed that the next step was to try and orchestrate the entire cycle of Expansion-Collapse-Renewal, surrounding an Extinction Event. It wasn't a choice, so much as an assignment: "This is what I need you to do, now. Everything else can wait." This album grew from there.
Mono No Aware is a Japanese phrase, meaning "The Sadness of Things." It speaks to the essential truth that nothing lasts forever.
Lost Horizon is, of course, the title of James Hilton's novel about mythical, uncorrupted Shangri-La, where no one ever ages or dies.
Once, When We All Lived In The Forest is borrowed, and slightly truncated, from Peter Straub.
Tears In The Rain is a slightly altered version of Roy's last words in Blade Runner.
As always, many thanks to Adrian Elmer, for everything he does
Much love to my wife, Anna
And many thanks to everyone who listens
- Winston Psmith
released February 23, 2015
All Titles Written, Arranged and Performed by Winston Psmith
Programming and SFX by Winston Psmith
Original recording @Sleeping Dogs Studio
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