Songs From A Cold Place

by Kate Carr

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Based on field recordings taken during an artist residency in northern Iceland in April 2013, Songs from a cold place offers a snapshot of early spring from a unique vantage point.
In Iceland spring is when migratory geese arrive to feed on their journey even further north. It is when the ice starts to melt, only to be refrozen under new blankets of snow. The low slung shrubs bud, and the small birds can be heard chirruping during breaks in the wind. Spring begins unevenly, a warm day followed by a week long blizzard. A melt followed by metres of snow, and avalanches.

Songs from a cold place features recordings taken from the bird cliffs of Grimsey Island which straddles the arctic circle, the desolate rocky moors of the Skagi peninsula, the frozen inlets of Skagafjörður and the tiny fishing town of Ólafsfjörður.

Background: Instrumentally it features: harp, a traditional Icelandic instrument called a langspil, a glockenspiel and guitar in addition to the field recordings.

REVIEWS:

'Carr might not be a Viking, but she’s captured the mood of Iceland’s landscape, and by extension, its populace, making this album well worth the fish.'' A Closer Listen.

“The nine delicate pieces archive the sounds from the bird cliffs of Grimsey Island, the desolate rocky moors of the Skagi peninsula, the frozen inlets of Skagafjörður and the tiny fishing town of Ólafsfjörður. The natural settings, the fauna and the elements are perfectly captured by Songs From A Cold Place, at times making my living room seem frigid, as if a gust of wind has vaulted through my walls.” Headphone Commute.

“While the sound is gorgeous in and of itself (see the twinkling drips of Melt, or the gushing water of Fjord), Songs From A Cold Place is more than just a collection of field notes. There is something intensely emotional about the delicate scraps of music used to inform Kate Carr’s landscape. It allows for the artist’s impressions to intrude into her otherwise mimetic recordings. The music also shares the joy of discovery, making Carr’s experience a lot clearer to the listener.” 4zzz Radio Station.

Named one of the top 10 Soundscape and Field Recording releases of 2013 by A Closer Listen.

Named in the Headphone Commute end of year lists as some of 2013's best 'Music For Withered Leaves And Lonely Fishtanks'.

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released September 3, 2013

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Kate Carr London, UK

Kate Carr’s work explores our complex and contradictory relationship with the natural world. Her music blurs the boundaries between instruments and field recordings, underlining the intersections and overlaps between nature and culture and the myriad of incomplete ways we attempt to make sense of these terms. It explores place and non-place, being and imagining. ... more

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