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Pause

by Poppy Ackroyd

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    Pause is a collection of ten solo piano pieces from Poppy Ackroyd’s fourth studio album.
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1.
Seedling 04:08
2.
Suspended 03:41
3.
Murmurations 05:08
4.
Pause 04:18
5.
Release 04:46
6.
Muted 02:35
7.
Impulse 05:00
8.
Stillness 04:38
9.
Flutter 05:44
10.
Unravel 05:39

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Brighton-based performer and composer Poppy Ackroyd returns this with her fourth full-length album 'Pause'. Written during the pandemic and shortly after the birth of her first child, the title refers to the feeling of normal life being temporarily put on hold.

'Pause' is a collection of 10 solo piano works. Poppy tells us; “For previous albums, almost as much of the creative process was spent editing and manipulating recordings as it was composing at the piano, however after having my son, I struggled to spend time sat in front of a computer. The only thing I wanted to do while he was still small, if I wasn't with him, was to play the piano. In fact, much of the album was written with him asleep on me in a sling as I used any quiet moment to compose.

It, therefore, made sense that this album should be a solo piano album. I used extended technique - playing with sounds from inside the instrument - like I do in my multi-tracked recordings, however it was important to me that every track on the album could be entirely performed with just two hands on the piano.”

Following the writing process Poppy spent several months practicing in order to be able to play the pieces completely fluidly. She says “there was a lightness and effortlessness to the recordings that I wanted that was only achievable after many hours of practice."

As individual stories ‘Pause’ is compelling and ambitious but in its entirety it’s a flawless snapshot of its time, highlighting the highs and lows of the period as well as a unique and challenging era for its creator. It carries with it a host of stages we’ve all found ourselves working through and has done so with gorgeous, poetic lucidity, all the while expanding on the sounds usually expected of a solo piano record.

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released November 12, 2021

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Poppy Ackroyd Brighton, UK

A classically trained pianist, violinist, producer, and composer, Ackroyd turned heads in the neo-classical world with her previous works Escapement and Feathers, as well as her involvement in Hidden Orchestra (Tru Thoughts).

Having played alongside giants of the genre, Hauschka and Nils Frahm, Popp is set to release her brand new self-produced full-length with One Little Independent Records.
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