Poppy Ackroyd - Sketches Vinyl LP
Poppy Ackroyd Sketches Vinyl LP
Classically trained pianist, violinist, producer, and composer, Poppy Ackroyd turned heads in the neo-classical world with her previous works Escapement and Feathers, as well as her involvement in Hidden Orchestra. Advocated by giants of the genre, Hauschka and Nils Frahm, the unique musician returns with the mini-album, Sketches on One Little Indian Records.
The record, aptly named Sketches, due to its stripped down nature, is bejeweled by thematic undercurrents – birds are the inspiration for three of the tracks, which are to be released together as the lead singles from the album. The songs serve to reintroduce listeners to Ackroyd's most stunning pieces from her previous albums, all of which have been reworked into ‘acoustic' solo piano arrangements, along with four brand new, unheard pieces. "Birdwoman" and "Glass Sea" feature field recordings of birds and the ocean, recorded on Brighton beach and North Rona respectively.
'Feathers' is the title track of my second album Feathers" says Ackroyd, discussing the theme of birds. "'Feathers' is a piece about hope – ‘Hope is the thing with Feathers' (Emily Dickinson), ‘Birdwoman' is a reworking of a piece I originally wrote as a soundtrack to a silent film based on a Siberian folk tale, and ‘Glass Sea' attempts to capture the feel of a boat trip I took to the remote islands of North Rona and Sula Sgeir, North of the Outer Hebrides. The ocean was unusually still, reflecting the sky like a sheet of glass, but the sky became busy with birds as we approached the islands."
Poppy Ackroyd Sketches Track Listing:
8. Glass Sea
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