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one of my favourite moments
September 11, 2017
Photo credits - Stephen Cropper
One of my favourite moments of the whole recording, playing Polar with the 2 great legends, and my partners in crime for this record, Ruth Goller and Moses Boyd. Two musicians I originally hand picked for their unique sound and approach, and for what they bring to the musical melding pot.
Polar is a particularly deep song for me, inspired by the wild-awe-inspiring barren, natural landscape of Iceland. We played it out with a variety of takes, letting the music take us; I instructed the band to embrace the vision of the landscape and paint the colours together and let it unfold. Each take completely different, and sublime, but the last one touched on something totally unique, highlighting the beauty and fragility of improvised music and in turn matching the subject matter, and reached the essence of the song.