Photo by Giles Smith
Simeon's wife Mary-Jane Walker wrote in this week about the sublime and evocative "Breathe". Its the 7th compositions and features some of the most captivating parts of this wonderful album. So enjoy Mary-Jane's text about this special piece in this installment of the "Album Stories".
Early in the morning, one day last spring before I left for work, I had the pleasure of listening to the entirety of Mono for the first time. It was in the early stages of being mixed and mastered and I felt like I was let in on a secret. I was overcome with pride and excitement that morning hearing what my husband had been quietly working on for the past year. It was his own project, completely separate in style and genre from all other bands and projects he had been involved in. This was his labour of love and a new exploration of an instrument he had played for years in various styles.
We try and live our lives in keeping with minimalist philosophy. “Less is more”. By stripping away anything that isn’t absolutely necessary, you are left with what truly matters. In Mono it isn’t just about the notes, but the space in between them. In ‘Breathe’ it truly feels as if every note, every space is absolutely necessary. It is intentional, meaningful and beautiful. The movement in this piece pushes you along, with the restless momentum bringing you to an almost euphoric state. You find yourself imagining the possibilities, engaging with your daydreams and allowing yourself to be taken there.
This song contains my favourite 2 seconds of the whole album. It is a fleeting moment, a natural embellishment, a simple eight note phrase that gives me goosebumps every time I listen. It is played with the lightest touch, as if the tiniest drop has just fallen from an icicle and is bouncing lightly off the surfaces as it makes it’s way down to the ground. It is moments like this - a magical quality - that this album possesses which simply absorbs your mind and transports you to another place. ‘Breathe’ captivates me and I find I can give it no less than the entirety of my attention. It brings me to a place where I can’t help but think about the future and somehow it feels positive, safe and free.
Text by Mary-Jane Walker
Simeon Walker is a Leeds-based composer and pianists, who released in November 2017 his first piano solo album "Mono". You find more information about him and his music on his website.