Published Oct 24, 2013Halifax's Divorce Records typically focuses on music of the more experimental variety, but it is now further expanding its reach by launching a new sub-label called Heavy Fog, which will zero in on boundary-pushing classical music. The imprint's first release will be Bespoken's plays Nick Storring and Daniel Brandes, due out on November 6.
A press release notes that Heavy Fog is a cassette/digital label devoted to "the fringes of contemporary classical music." This certainly seems to describe Bespoken, a Toronto chamber ensemble that formed in the spring of 2013. They initially teamed up with the goal of performing a concert featuring Bespoken member Nick Storring's Aigre Douce and composer Daniel Brandes's Intimations of Melody. Those two long-form pieces make up this subsequent album.
The music is described like this: "Violin, autoharp, cello, (toy) piano, kalimba, melodica, pitch pipe, bird call and others crawl together through pastoral realms, trading soft beauty for strange weather as their journey takes them deeper. Over two long-form pieces, a musical conversation in whispers births a momentous creation of the gentlest sort."
The album will be available digitally and in a run of 100 tapes. Below, hear an eight-minute section of Aigre Douce. All told, the four-part Aigre Douce clocks in more than 42 minutes, while Intimations of Melody is more than half an hour in length.
The future of Bespoken is uncertain, but the chemistry they achieved when performing these pieces reportedly opened them up to the possibility of future projects.
The album is available to pre-order here.
plays Nick Storring and Daniel Brandes:
A1. Aigre Douce I
A2. Aigre Douce II
A3. Aigre Douce III and piano recitative
B1. Aigre Douce IV
B2. Intimations of Melody