A Good Land, An Excellent Land
by Tiny Leaves
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by Tiny Leaves
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Written and recorded over the last twelve months, 'A Good Land, An Excellent Land' began life as a collection of short piano melodies which gradually developed into fully fledged pieces incorporating string parts and guitar soundscapes. Evolving the sound established in the EP 'What We Dream Of...' released earlier this year, 'A Good Land...' is the Joel's debut album; in some ways auto-biographical, it describes the notion of laying hold of and realising hearts desires, of finding 'home' both geographically and spiritually, and all the emotions that come with this, high & low.
The thick humming resonance of the cello is used to subtly lead and describe the mood of some of the pieces whilst many an hour was spent trying to create the right guitar sound, involving late-night rewiring of amps and fiddling with pedals until the sound fitted. This restless, uncompromising approach has lead Joel to craft a wonderfully intimate and rich depth of sound; the result is a stunning debut album, coherent in its structure and tone, disarming in its beauty.
Debut album from UK composer Joel Pike aka Tiny Leaves.
"Swimming in sweet currents of blue, reverberating textures, the music goes with the flow. The additional guitar-led sequences are used sparingly, but you never know when they may surface; there’s a sixth sense that they’re always around, just waiting to enter. ‘A Good Land, An Excellent Land’ reclines at first, until her melody changes, and soon rapidly picks up speed; soon, the full beauty is uncovered. Upwards the music ascends, once again turning towards the light, at home in the light, making it pretty much impossible to see where the original motif belonged; that lonely melody, once thought of as a short phrase, is now able to live life to the full, to harvest an emotional response, even though she was composed so long ago."
"The music of Tiny Leaves has always been life-affirming, bearing such titles as “Hope Awakening” and “A Moment to Dream”. So it should come as no surprise that A Good Land An Excellent Land is a concept album of sorts, loosely based on the early life of Abraham. The title refers to a promise made by God to Abraham, who asked Abraham to leave the land of his ancestors in order to travel to a new home that God would reveal."