SHARDS

SHARDS

Label
Erased Tapes
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Find Sound est le premier disque de Shards, groupe vocal basé à Londres et dirigé par une chanteuse, compositrice et productrice Kieran Brunt.
Combinant voix, synthés et percussions, Find Sound est une exploration étonnante de la voix humaine.
Les morceaux de l’album sont destinés à être des peintures soniques miniatures, chacune s’ajoutant une image globale de représentation de l’entrée dans l’âge adulte où se mêlent l’incertitude, l’excitation, la terreur mais aussi le soulagement.
Après avoir collaboré avec Terry Riley en 2016, le Barbican Center a demandé à Kieran de former une chorale dans le cadre du festival Possible Colliding de Nils Frahm de cette même année. Suivant le succès des spectacles, Frahm a invité Brunt à le rejoindre à Berlin afin de collaborer aux arrangements vocaux de son récent album All Melody.
Depuis Shards multiplie les collaborations.
Parlant de cet album, Brunt décrit «J’ai décidé de choisir 12 chanteurs/artistes. Je savais que je voulais travailler non seulement avec de grandes voix, mais aussi avec des chanteurs dotés de beaucoup de personnalité et ouverts d’esprit. » « Plutôt que de viser un mélange homogène ou une précision absolue lors de l’enregistrement, les différences entre les voix ont été volontairement mises en évidence. »
Les membres du groupe qui sont aussi compositeurs, instrumentistes, musiciens folk et professeurs forment un mélange vibrant qui est parti pendant deux semaines, enregistrer l’album en Italie au Palazzo Stabile, une maison et un studio tranquilles situés dans les collines de la campagne piémontaise.
Find Sound a été écrit et produit par Kieran Brunt avec une production additionnelle de Paul Corley (Sigur Ros, Oneohtrix Point Never, Yves Tumor).
Find Sound : une magnifique célébration des voix dans toutes leurs diversités mais surtout dans leur unité.

English

Find Sound is the debut record from Shards, a London based vocal group led by singer, composer and producer Kieran Brunt. Combining voices, synths and percussion, Find Sound is an astonishing exploration of the human voice; using the concepts of sound and light as simple metaphors for gaining understanding. The album’s pieces are intended to be miniature sonic paintings, with each adding to an overall picture of the emotional confusion of early adulthood: the uncertainty, the excitement, the terror and relief.
After collaborating with Terry Riley in 2016, Brunt was asked by the Barbican to form a choral group for Nils Frahm’s Possibly Colliding festival that summer. Following the success of the shows, Frahm invited Brunt to join him in Berlin to collaborate on choral arrangements for his recent album All Melody. Shards have since gone on to collaborate with other notable artists, including Michael Price on his recent LP Tender Symmetry.
Brunt details how he put Shards together: “I decided to go for 12 singers, capable of creating a good amount of noise but also small enough to get to know each other intimately. I also knew that I wanted to work with not just great voices, but singers with lots of personality and open minds when it comes to experimenting and trying things out. The group ended up consisting almost entirely of friends and friends-of-friends. I also tried my best to ask people who weren’t just singers, but who do have other projects and musical interests. As such, we have people in the group who are also composers, instrumentalists, folk musicians and teachers. It’s a vibrant mix, and I’m constantly discovering new things about them the more we make music together.”
Each of the singers in Shards brings a very distinctive musical personality to the group, something which Brunt was eager to emphasise on their debut record. Rather than aiming for a seamless blend or absolute precision when recording, the differences between voices has been intentionally highlighted — celebrating their unique textures and inviting the listener to hear their minutest details up-close.The album was recorded in Italy at Palazzo Stabile, a tranquil house and studio in the hills of the Piedmontese countryside. During a two-week residency, the group lived and recorded together under one roof, giving them the opportunity to play with recording techniques and experiment with different spaces. Most of the final record was recorded in a converted barn used primarily as a painting studio, and underneath the house in a 200 year-old wine cellar. The album was written and produced by Kieran Brunt with additional production from Paul Corley (Sigur Ros, Oneohtrix Point Never, Yves Tumor).

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