Photo by Giles Smith
In this installment of the "Album Stories" wrote Andrew Glassford, who mixed & mastered Simeon Walker's "Mono", about the evocative and tender "Froze". Enjoy!
There is something always a little scary about working with Simeon and it’s not him, he’s in the top 5 of the most generous and wonderful people I know. It’s the delicacy you need with the music. So much of the album and “Froze” in particular is space. It’s the ringing of piano strings from notes long past mingling with freshly played ones, creating a depth in the music that could be destroyed if mishandled.
I’ve worked with Simeon quite a lot now and our approach is slower and less frenetic than other projects. The slow consideration of what takes to use, where to place mics is all part of the music. The breathing space in the process is as important as the rests. I feel like I have to handle it like you would an ancient artefact minus the white gloves. More than with anyone else I’ve worked with this album feels like Simeon revealed something that was already there, we just needed to be quieter. ‘Froze’ is distilled atmosphere. You put it on in the car, in your office, on the bus and everything. Stops.
Text by Andrew Glassford. If you want to learn more about him and his previous work, please check out his website.
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.