Spirit Level celebrates Piano Day 2017 with a compilation of piano works made by Spirit Level artists and friends around the world.
From beautiful solo piano pieces from Melbourne’s Donald Hugh (aka Don) and Sydney’s Sophie Hutchings to more experimental offerings from local ambient producer mara and Perth percussion duo Feels – this is a thorough exploration of how the piano can inspire a diverse group of musicians.
Spirit Level’s resident electronic troubadour Braille Face lends a richly melodic piano-driven ballad, written last year while he was working from Gotye’s home studio in New York. Our Californian friends researcher and verydeadly both contribute beautifully structured and multi-layered pieces, while London-based expat Leah Kardos recorded a song inspired by one of the softest piano solos in pop history, from Michael Jackson’s “Stranger In Moscow.”
Friends of the label Luke Howard and Evelyn Ida Morris (aka Pikelet) both appear – with Luke contributing a sparse cover of an unreleased track by Telling, aka Spirit Level co-founder Tim Shiel and Secretly Canadian singer-songwriter Ben Abraham. Tim also digs into the archives for a lost piano piece of his own, written and recorded years ago in a dusty Sydney church.
Piano Day is a worldwide event founded by a group of likeminded people, that takes place on the 88th day of each year. The aim of the day is to create a platform for piano related projects in order to promote the development of musical dimensions and to continue sharing the centuries-old joy of playing piano.
We saw Piano Day as the perfect opportunity to launch the Kindred Spirits release series. We hope this will be the first in an ongoing series of compilations featuring Spirit Level artists and friends, providing a window into what we do, and also what inspires us a group.
1. Donald Hugh – Late
2. Braille Face – Intervals
3. Leah Kardos – Novice
4. researcher – Love Will You Love Me When I’m Not the 1
5. Telling – Monuments (Luke Howard Version)
6. Feels – Glasshouse (Tim’s Black MIDI Mix)
7. Evelyn Ida Morris – Sit By The Fire With Me
8. mara – shift
9. Tim Shiel – For Your Health
10. Sophie Hutchings – Somewhere South
11. verydeadly – Up in the Trees