Poppy Ackroyd – Escapement (2012)
The interplay of music and film is one I have discussed before. Sometimes music is designed to be listened alongside moving images and other times, as here, it is evocative enough to generate its own images. Some music has that “soundtrack feel”.
Escapement is certainly one of those soundtrack-esque albums.
Poppy Ackroyd is an Edinburgh-based pianist, violinist and composer and Escapement is her debut solo album; though she has worked with many others, notably The Hidden Orchestra. She is classically trained in both the piano and the violin, though has an experimental approach to composition. All the sounds on this album are generated using the two instruments, through the use of not only standard means of playing, but also through hitting/tapping, e-bows, plucking, scraping,etc. All the tracks are multitracked with Ackroyd as the sole performer.
The overall result is one that is ethereal and beautiful, evocative and peaceful. On first listen, one might only take in a superficial part of the album; to do so would be to miss the delicate beauty of this album. There is a great deal to listen to, but it is woven together so expertly that only close listening will allow you to unpick the individual elements; a worthwhile endeavour, I assure you.
Favourite tracks: Aliquot, Seven, Mechanism
Spotify link: Poppy Ackroyd – Escapement