Music From The Edge Of An Island

Luke Abbott


Barcode: 4012957450315

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  • Genre: Electronica
  • Label: Float
  • Released Date: 29th March 2019
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Float proudly welcomes their second artist into the fold. UK electronic artist and Szun Waves band member Luke Abbott presents a special 10-track album to celebrate Piano Day 2019 – an international event series initiated by Nils Frahm which acts as a platform for piano-related projects.

Music From The Edge Of An Island sees Abbott divert from his typically experimental electronic style to explore a more compositional approach centred around VST instruments. Rather than the usual themes of synthesis and improvisation, the album is lead by piano motifs, structured around emotive melodies and sparkling arrangements. The record began as a part of a soundtrack commission by producer / actor Jessica Hynes for her film The Fight and ultimately became a fully-realised album.

The writing process was remarkably quick, resulting in simple yet inspired pieces that subtly blur the lines between MIDI computer music and live performance. Music From The Edge Of An Island can be seen as a collection of gentle reveries that sway between the twilight hours, marked by moments of soft, contemplative ballads and more active and expansive motions. Opening track Sea begins with a mysterious piano waltz before unnerving synth drones take over. Island continues with piano triplet figures plus added orchestration of cello strokes and airy glass pads, before heading into the melancholic Tree, bringing in more strings and added pathos heard in the restless piano motif. Quieter passages are contrasted with the Gamelan-esque Moments and the uplifting On Rope, whilst more lyrical moments on the album can be found in tracks such as Adjustment and closing track A Different Tree.

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