So pleased to say that up for their interpretation of quiet details we have the wonderful Daniel DeWitt who, as The Lifted Index, has taken the idea and made a beautifully peaceful and cathartic album that’s a real honour to release and a lovely addition to the series.
CD with unique continuous mix and digital half price until 23rd June x
A vastly experienced live performer and with a series of past releases exploring his elegant and highly-processed guitar playing (Seil Records, Past Inside the Present), he shapes beautiful journeys that massage the body and soul - and we see that in all its glory with A Still Voice.
The album builds on his past work and takes in a more experimental and minimal direction - nothing is superfluous, every element is perfectly chosen and shaped to soothe and ease the listener into a reflective and hypnotic state of mind.
In part also inspired by the Endō classic, Silence, here is the intentional decision to exclude any voices or guitar melodies on this one to further punctuate the feeling of disconnection.
The album manages to bridge the gap between this careful and considered attention to detail and a feeling of spontaneity and organic evolution as each track unfolds. Deep bass tones live next to his guitar manipulations, while affected and synthesised sounds fill the spaces in between.
Hazy lo-fi elements contrast with pure sounds, it’s a masterclass in restraint from someone who understands and knows exactly the headspace they’re aiming to give to the listener.
As always the artwork was made in collaboration with the artist, with Daniel sharing a series of gorgeous photographs he took at the time of making the album.
I took these and, in a similar fashion in all qd art, used mixed-media and analogue photography to create an image that lives in unison with the music - the minimalism was a strong influence as was the composition of the picture, similar yet removed from the source to stay true to the idea of connection.
Huge thanks to Daniel for being a part of the series, hope you enjoy his stunning album. He also wrote some beautiful words to accompany the music:
— Uncertainty, isolation, doubt.
Connection, understanding, peace. A meditation on the power of silence in a world of noise.
In all things, hope.
As usual, the album is presented on the physical edition, a custom 6-panel digipack with a separate fine art print too. The CD also has a special long-form version of the album.
All beautifully mastered by the inspiration that is Ian Hawgood.
Hope you enjoy and thanks so much for your amazing support :)x