Written and produced by Erland Cooper.
Release Date: Friday, March 23, 2018
Label: Phases Recordings
‘Solan Goose’ is the first solo recording from multi-instrumentalist Erland Cooper, also of The Magnetic North and previously Erland & The Carnival. Having grown up on the Scottish archipelago of Orkney, he wrote this work as a response to ease anxiety and claustrophobia working in a city. It explores the borders between electronic, alternative and classical music while creating for him and the listener a work of balance and calm - a kind of liminal space. Each song is entitled with a bird name but in local 'Orcadian' dialect. It’s a record to travel to, and evokes themes of migration, restoration and childhood memory.
Erland's belief is that creating music always reflects the landscape an artist is surrounded with in some small way, be it rural or urban, real or imagined. He writes “This album is a call to my roots, whether physically on a boat into Stromness pier head or in my head” on reflecting in an increasingly claustrophobic London underground. “I wanted it to evoke the spirit of my home and provide a sense of transport to that place, finding some isolated peace in an at times, really fucked up world”.
Orkney is rich in folklore, music, myth and mythology with strong Scandinavian influences. These are echoed and layered throughout the album’s arrangements. It features predominately Minimoog & piano with Hardanger violin and soprano performed by Charlotte Greenhow, as well as additional ambient guitar from renowned guitarist/producer, Leo Abrahams.
There are two primary inspirations in Erland’s work - in the form of Peter Maxwell Davies' delicate and lamenting "Farewell To Stromness" and the work of renowned Scottish poet/writer George Mackay Brown. Visual artist Alex Kozobolis has directed 3 films set in Orkney which will accompany the album - Erland envisaged Solan Goose as a layered and collaborative work, with specially commissioned visuals and limited edition artwork featured in his live shows and in it’s physical release run, connecting identity, memory and place through music and cinematography.
Solan Goose is the first release on the new Phases imprint (a sister label to AllPoints, the in-house label of Believe Distribution Services) whose aim is to focus on new instrumental works, pulling together artists with significant creative individuality that bring a unique perspective to contemporary music.
- Since his solo debut at the end of 2017, Erland has reached over 222, 000 streams across all platforms
- He's had support from BBC 6 Music (Mary Anne Hobbs, Marc Riley, Gid Coe, Steve Lamacq, Iggy Pop), as well as Radio X, BBC Radio 3, Amazing Radio and BBC Ulster.
20 March 18 - Walthamstow Wetlands
27th March 18 - BBC session - Marc Riley (MCR)
18th April - BBC Scotland Quays (Glasgow)
24 May 18 - St Pancras Old Church