【 Rain 】

Ed Carlsen‘s The Journey Tapes is not a series of tapes, but a CD, inspired by the landscapes of Ravnholm Skov in Denmark.

The bittersweet nature of these compositions leads us to believe that some sadness may have been involved.  Perhaps a relationship ended; perhaps the artist left his home. Along the way, he played these tapes in his head, over and over, attempting to salvage some modicum of happiness from the sorrow, some gratitude from the despair.  It was not all bad, was it?

Whenever Carlsen integrates the sounds of cutlery, shells and chairs (shades of “Hyperballad”!), his childlike nature shines through: he hasn’t left it all behind, and nor should we.

But as much as we tend to idealize childhood, we forget that it is often melancholic, as represented by “Rain”; one imagines a sad face, pressed against the rain-streaked pane, mourning the opportunity to play outside. romantic and nostalgic textures.

The interplay between the delicacy of the piano, the mournful cello punctuated by the sound of pouring rain as atmospheric shading offers a cinematic listening pleasure. The airy melodies with an ethereal sweetness, are as subtle as they are sumptuous.  Beautiful.

The Journey Tapes weaves feelings of longing, melancholy and fragile beauty of romance into a scenic moment in the genre of modern classical music.

RIYL: Nils Frahm, Julien Marchal, Danny Mulhern, Levi Patel