“A proper salve for the soul” indeed…. This music will transport you to a place both real and imaginary, a mythic and timeless feeling-space. ‘Muscari’ is my personal favorite, framed by birdsong.
Favorite track: 3. Muscari.
'Newly remastered by Rashad Becker for this vinyl edition, ‘Echo’ finds Félicia Atkinson synching her feelings into a watercolour suite of solo keys, voice and field recordings, unfurling 40 minutes of new music that we wager will take your breath away.
Félicia was undertaking an artistic residency in La Becque when the plague took hold in Europe at the start of 2020. Stationed with her husband and young child in the small artistic community near Geneva, she wrote this “imaginary garden” of music dedicated to anyone in pain or isolation. The result is a ponderous mix of slow but searching keys, windswept sax, room recordings and sensitively detached but intimate electronic touches that she intended to mirror the solace she came to find and provide a place for reflection for anyone in need.
Working from a wooden chalet surrounded by gardens, and particularly one inspired by Derek Jarman’s in Dungeness (created in the years after he learned he had AIDS), Félicia acts as a transducer for quiet energies and the worries of a world where, as she puts it; “basic things… suddenly seemed so crucial and vast; health, disease, plants, nature, solitude, family, people, fear, calm….”.
Across six pieces spanning almost 40 minutes, Félicia describes a slow but fleeting passage of time between pruned pieces of sound poetry, uncanny concrete abstractions and broader parts of ambient jazz that recall the vulnerability and fragility of Terre Thaemlitz’s solo piano expressions with her own sort of tactility and blurry ambiguity, especially the 13 minute ‘Lillies’. Around and behind each note you can hear the creak of Félicia’s chair, her breath on the microphone, birds outside - radiating warmth and a wondrous intangibility that’s impossible to express in words, imbuing the listener with a sense of liminality - of existing between worlds.
A proper salve for the soul, we tell you.'
released February 17, 2021
Recorded at La Becque, CH, 2020.
Mastered by Rashad Becker.
Released first on CS by Boomkat in 2020.
Reissued later on limited LP in 2021.
nothing short of crushingly beautiful. i found this album around the time it came out and it didn't make sense to me then. it does now. every drone, every note, every pull & push between the sounds. my very being crushed by the softness of each and every collision. im being slowly regurgitated back into reality with each listen. warm like a mother's womb. soft like a cigarette infested pillow. i have nothing but praise for this record. i was able to feel things i did not think were possible. ppr jack