Forgotten Fields

Forgotten Fields by Forgotten Fields by Sergio Díaz De Rojas

By Blake Parker

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Forgotten Fields’ self-titled album weaves slow, meditative notes with occasional upbeat atmospheres to form a tapestry mirroring the poetic verses that go hand in hand with the album. It explores various instrumentations but a reoccurring voice is that of gentle strings which are present in the background of most tracks. While the album’s sound is composed largely of computer-generated acoustic instruments, this element offers a sort of comfort and familiarity; rather than utilizing a soundscape of grandeur with live orchestral pieces and booming drums, the album is more approachable and less intimidating in this fact.

The themes of Forgotten Fields deal with memory as an emotional catalyst. The very namesake of the album is that of a place once important in life which is forgotten, only to be rediscovered later when life is much different. This theme is likely relatable for many listeners – I can at least confirm that for myself – as physical spaces can relate directly to periods of time and memories of the adventures, relationships, and dreams of that time. Places, in memory, often even evoke a specific emotional response subconsciously, before our conscious mind can catch up to the emotion and rationalize it.

Far away and left untrodden
Under summer skies
Lie the fields I had forgotten
Where the swallow flies!

While listening to the tracks, or “verses” of the album, as they correspond to the verses of the parallel poem, the topic of memories is one toward which the mind wanders quite naturally. Memories themselves are a distinctly double-edged sword: when you might desire more than anything to recall something specific, it often evades your grasp, yet when you least expect it you can be inexplicably struck with the most fully detailed and complete vision of a time some years ago, without reason or warning. These happenings can bring about strong yet confusing emotions which escape explanation. Fortunately, art – written, visual, or musical – volunteers to explain what tongue cannot. As such, the metered lilt of Forgotten Fields invites us to surrender our language for what is a mellow and welcoming musical experience.

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Purchase Forgotten Fields on Bandcamp and stream it on Spotify.

 

Fresh Finds #2 by Sergio Díaz De Rojas

By Sergio Díaz De Rojas

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On this second edition of Fresh Finds, we share with you a series of beautiful singles by both emerging and established artists from the contemporary classical music scene. 

Theo Alexander returns with Palliative, a seven minutes demonstration of what his upcoming record, Broken Access, will be. Otto Totland returns, as well, with Vates, a nostalgic and hopeful piano piece, the ideal introduction to his long-awaited record The Lost, which follows and expands on his intimate debut solo piano album Pinô from 2014. An artist that also took three years to release another record is Christ Bartels, also known as Elskavon, who has shared with us three singles (Anthos being one of them) from Skylight, an album inspired by memorable moments in his life, to be released in January 2018. To finish this series of upcoming records, we introduce you to Esja by Hania Rani, a Polish pianist and composer currently working on her first solo album after having previously collaborated with cellist Dobrawa Czocher.

To vary a little bit, we have added a rework to our SoundCloud and Spotify playlists. Daigo Hanada (Moderna Records) has recomposed Empire, taken from Matt Emery's debut album of the same name. On this version, Daigo replaces the percussive piano with soft arpeggios, and the strings with a baroque soprano recorder, perfectly combined in order to achieve a grandiose build-up. 

Last but not least, we included a very special piece by a very special artist. Forgotten Fields has returned with his self-titled album, a multidisciplinary project inspired by the remote landscapes of the Western Cape of South Africa. Each piece represents a verse of a poem written by him, which captures the idea behind the album.

Find all of these pieces below and in our Spotify playlist