ROBERT HAIGH - Black Sarabande


Robert Haigh

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UNSEEN WORLDS

Date of release: Jan 24 2020


Black Sarabande expands upon pianist-composer Robert Haigh's beguiling debut for Unseen Worlds with a collection of intimate and evocative piano-led compositions. Black Sarabande expands upon pianist-composer Robert Haigh's beguiling debut for Unseen Worlds with a collection of intimate and evocative piano-led compositions. Haigh was born and raised in the 'pit village' of Worsbrough in South Yorkshire, England. His father, as most of his friends' fathers, was a miner, who worked at the local colliery. Etched into Haigh's work are formative memories of the early morning sounds of coal wagons being shunted on the tracks, distant trains passing, and walking rural paths skirting the barren industrial landscape. The album opens with the title track - a spacious, plaintive piano motif develops through a series of discordant variations before resolving. On 'Stranger On The Lake,' sweeping textures and found sounds lay the foundation for a two chord piano phrase evoking a sense of elegy. 'Wire Horses' is an atmospheric audio painting of open spaces and distant lights. 'Air Madeleine' uses variations in tempo and dynamics to craft the most seductively melodic track on the album. 'Arc Of Crows' improvises on a single major seventh chord, splintering droplets of notes as ghostly wisps of melodic sound slowly glide into view. 'Ghosts Of Blacker Dyke' is a melancholic evocation of Haigh's roots in England's industrial north - intermingling dissonant sounds of industry within a set of languid piano variations. 'Progressive Music' is constructed around a series of lightly dissonant arpeggiated piano chords which modulate through major and minor key changes before resolving at a wistful and enigmatic refrain. In 'The Secret Life of Air', a nocturnal, low piano line slowly weaves its way through the close-miked ambience of the room, nearly halting as each note is allowed to form and reverberate into a blur with the next. The ambitious 'Painted Serpent' calmly begins with drone-like pads and builds with the introduction of counterpoint piano lines and an orchestral collage of sound underpinned by a deliberate bass motif. 'Broken Symmetry' and 'Lady Lazarus' highlight Haigh's gift for blurring the line between dissonance and harmony - opaque piano portraits of moonlight and shadows glancingly evoke the impressionistic palettes of Harold Budd, Debussy and Satie.


Tracklisting:
1.Black Sarabande 02:43
2.Stranger On The Lake 05:58
3.Wire Horses 02:43
4.Air Madeleine 02:32
5.Ghosts Of Blacker Dyke 05:31
6.Lady Lazarus 02:00
7.Arc Of Crows 03:49
8.Progressive Music 02:41
9.The Secret Life Of Air 03:06
10.Painted Serpent 05:07
11.Broken Symmetry 02:38

Vinyl release of Robert Haigh - Black Sarabande. Released through UNSEEN WORLDS and available on LP.


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ROBERT HAIGH - Black Sarabande (LP)
Cat No: UW029LP
Barcode: 744790142655
Packaging: LP Regular
SKU 5254586
Barcode # 744790142655
Artist Robert Haigh
Artist/Author ROBERT HAIGH
Shipping weight 0.5500kg
Format LP Regular

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