A Delicate Discourse with Richard Luke's 'Glass Island'

Glasgow-based composer and producer Richard Luke joins forces with violinist Amira Bedrush-McDonald for what can only be described as a neo-classical tour de force with their latest album ‘Glass Island.’
The 12 track release explores the tensions of living on an island in the wake of referendums on leaving the EU and Scottish independence. Such real-world uncertainties can be felt directly through the sombre-yet hopeful tone of the delicately crafted album.

Tackling such complex emotional-political issues isn’t an easy task, and the album largely triumphs due to it’s diverse sound design palette. Combining the strengths of both acoustic and electronic instruments, ‘Glass Island’ achieves both a visceral depth and immediate sensitivity that only such a wide range of musical language can bring. Seemingly contrasting vibrations are carefully crafted and placed in a such a way that these traditional and modern elements cease to exist as separate entities.

The diverse elements ebb and flow throughout the album, creating a listening experience that is both innovative and enchanting from start to finish. From the rich analog synthesizer notes in ‘Décembre’ to the largely acoustic soundscapes of ‘Time Moves’ and ‘Last to Let Go’ the album unfolds naturally and organically combining colours and tones throughout the journey.

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Pianist Alexandra Stréliski Explores Moments of Vulnerability with INSCAPE

“A piano, on its own, is a very vulnerable thing, and I want to share this moment with the listener.” 

This honest confession coming from Montreal-based pianist and composer Alexandra Stréliski, commenting on her latest release, and second full length album, INSCAPE. A work that is largely characterized by vulnerability, sincerity and honesty, not only in the medium but also in it’s inspiration and delivery.

The creative medium itself, a piano laid bare, carries with it a kind of intrinsic sincerity. Nothing to hide behind, no overbearing production, nothing competing for your attention. Simply and naturally, Stréliski and her piano.

The inspiration for the album as well carries with it a kind of honest vulnerability.
“To me,” says Stréliski, “Inscape was an existential crisis. A year where everything capsized and I had to go through various interior landscapes – hectic, beautiful and painful at the same time. I found myself in a space filled with grey areas that I didn’t know how to escape.”

The album is a collection of fleeting moments which are as much an internal dialogue as they are meant for a larger audience. Coming to terms with unanswered questions and loose ends, INSCAPE is one part melancholic masterpiece and one part triumphant metamorphosis. A delicate butterfly of rare authenticity within the contemporary music landscape.

Out now from Montreal label ‘Secret City Records’
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