Aidan O'Rourke - The Best of 365 (2CD)
Released December 18th 2020.
Deluxe Double CD with 365 story booklet.
Scottish fiddler, composer and producer Aidan O’Rourke (Lau) releases the final instalment of his vast 30 (digital) album project “365" in December 2020 and to celebrate Reveal are issuing a physical deluxe Double CD with 365 story booklet.
The beautifully sparse and emotive Best of 365 collection (recorded with Mercury Prize nominee Kit Downes (ECM) as part of the Scottish New Music Award winning 365 project) is bold, tender, full of old truths and distilled modern wit, 365 is built on the beauty of the miniature. It’s a collaboration between artists steeped in tradition but constantly breaking new ground.
In 2013, James Robertson – one of Scotland’s leading authors – wrote a short story every day for a year. It became an enchanting, roaming collection of fairytales and memories and provocations; that was only the beginning.
Aidan O’Rourke wrote a tune every day in response to the stories. The result is a major new body of 365 tunes – a significant addition to the Scottish traditional music canon. Aidan’s playing and writing are renowned for deep lyricism and off-kilter twists, here paired with kaleidoscopic harmonies of Kit Downes on harmonium and piano.
Praise for 365:
SCOTTISH NEW MUSIC AWARD WINNER 2020
‘An interesting exercise in music responding to James Robertson’s short stories, inspiring some beautiful nuggets from O’Rourke and piano/harmonium player Kit Downes’
‘365 is a huge undertaking by an obviously dedicated artist determined to realise an ambitious vision. Sky-high quality and a strong sense of artistic progression - an excellent piece of work’
ALBUM OF THE MONTH : FOLKRADIO.CO.UK
'It's as if Debussy and Ravel were orchestrating Scottish Folk - truly beautiful'
’Stories become music with the same succinct, meaningful style’
‘Exquisite fiddle and thoughtful arrangements on a whole heap of intriguing new music - O’Rourke has significantly raised the bar’
‘A huge range of textures - new and unusual - you have to admire O’Rourke as a composer for being so prolific without resorting to repetition or minor variation’
LONDON JAZZ NEWS
‘The musicianship is exquisite and each track weaves its tale with ease and creates little sparks of magic along the way - challenging, inspiring and ultimately hugely rewarding, a triumph’
BLUES AND ROOTS RADIO
‘Sometimes the tightest parameters inspire the best work’
’An interesting, and more importantly, successful experimentation in the relationship between literature and music’
BRIGHT YOUNG FOLK
Produced by Aidan O’Rourke
Artwork by Dalziel + Scullion
Sequence by Tom Rose
Recorded and mixed by Mattie Foulds at Caribou Recordings
Mastered by Stuart Hamilton at Castlesound Studios
SHIPS IN TIME FOR RELEASE DECEMBER 18, 2020.
They were sitting against the back wall of the pub
She put on the headphones, selected shuffle
Some stories are so good that they deserve repeating in every generation
Is that what brought you all the way up here?
Where did he come from, that man with the shining smile?
This morning you take a stroll out to the Pictish stone
She picked up the letter again
‘Leon!’ he called, not loudly
We drove down the road, saddened by my father’s decline
We would never have gone out if we had not intended to return
When I was appointed to my present position three years ago
In this film from 1950
That braggart has it coming to him
Dinner was over
Nobody could be a hundred per cent sure about the last tiger
There she stood in her finery, taking the air, tall, handsome, proud
My father and I are reading the papers
I remember Daft Davie standing at the top of the hill
It was an afternoon of possible magic
Jack was walking by the lochside
I used not to be able to read on buses
The room is in darkness
Once, when I was about thirteen
Do people still do this?
They’d start their calling around midnight
I met him only once
Before the beginning there was nothing
Jack was walking by the sea
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