Photo by Giles Smith
In musical vocabulary, a coda is a passage that gives a sense of closure and finality to a piece of music, song or movement. In this case, a simple melody just occurred as I was absentmindedly playing around before doing a take of another song.
With the rise of streaming, listening habits are changing hugely before our eyes. However, it was always my intention to make an album with a structure and a narrative that people could sense as they listened. There are so many mixed emotions when you come to the end of an album (hopefully resulting in playing this one again!), and I was keen to find the right way to bring it to a close.
At first this song had a completely different extra section with more developed and complicated harmonic language, that in the end just didn’t sit right together. I wanted people to feel that there was an end to this particular story, but that in many ways, it was also just the beginning of something, balancing the tension between both feelings. It’s a warm, light-hearted little ditty that quickly feels comfortably familiar with each gentle repetition. It allows just enough space to reflect, space to be free, whilst encouraging a sense of looking to the future. It’s calm and peaceful, alongside the mandatory Simeon-Walker-melancholia, but also has just about the right amount of hope too.
Mono isn’t titled as such because it’s recorded in mono (sorry to the tech geeks!). It was really just an easy and alternative way of being able to describe this album as the first full length album I’d released, following 2016’s Preface, the precursor to this record. There’ll be others in the future for sure.
Thanks for taking the time to read this Album Stories feature, and thanks for listening to and supporting independent artists. Thanks also to Sonorospace for hosting it each week. Our little niche part of the musical world continues to grow and it’s exciting to see what the future holds. Mono is available on all major streaming sites and can be bought on CD and 12” vinyl record from www.simeonwalker.co.uk
Text by Simeon 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.