by David Newlyn

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Markku Nivalainen
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Markku Nivalainen I am generally of two minds about electronics, which ever so often tend to make everything sound, well, electronic. On this album, however, they complement the sparse piano track beautifully. The purely electronic tracks remind me of certain Matt Elliott solo albums. A beautiful understated and heart-achingly melancholy work. The best find of 2016 this far. Favorite track: Whatever Changes.
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Polar Seas release my new album this month entitled Linen.

It features minimal piano compositions as well as slowly evolving synthesizer pieces,

Available in an edition of 50 CD's in a stamped and numbered envelope, with an 8 page booklet of my photography.

Many thanks to Polar Seas.

Linen takes the shape of whatever hard surface it covers. For David Newlyn’s shape-shifting album of solo-piano and modular synthesizer, Newlyn’s work envelops many different spaces while maintaining constant motifs of placidity and subtle, shifting movement. Linen begins with a beautifully wistful piano piece with violin accompaniment. An elegant and sparse arrangement that serves as a perfect mise en scène for the rest of the record that traverses between the unsettling and the divine. Linen then takes a sharp left turn into the modular synthesizer driven “Chemical” which lays thick tendrils of processed tones and wisps of fragmentary births and death of augmented tone over a vague superstructure. Much more bed sheet blowing in the analog wind than covering for ghosts. This push and pull between easily won beauty of solo piano and the patient, but more challenging synthesizer pieces, create an album that rejects stasis and placidity often associated with modern classical music while operating under aesthetic of minimal ripples in a mountain lake. The production on this album is amazing, utilizing ample amounts of natural reverb, the notes sound cavernous and distant. Album closer “I’ll Walk Home” is able to pull both of these tendencies together and create a stately elegant fade out perfect for bleary walks home under the influence of fatigue and alcohol.


released July 3, 2016

David Newlyn : Keyboards : Computer : Guitar : Fretless Bass : Violin : Field Recordings



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