‘SHAPES OF THE FALL’ – OUT APRIL 2, 2021
British-Italian artist Piers Faccini today releases a new single, ‘All Aboard’, also featuring Ben Harper and Abdelkebir Merchane. The track is the latest to emerge from his forthcoming album ‘Shapes Of The Fall’, due for release on April 2, 2021 through Nø Førmat! (Oumou Sangaré, Blick Bassy & Mélissa Laveaux) / Beating Drum. The release is Faccini’s seventh album in a career spanning over twenty years and collaborations with the likes of Rokia Traoré, Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Segal. ‘All Aboard’ is now streaming across all platforms from here, with the first episode of Piers’ ‘Songs Of Earth And Sky’ documentary series also now available here.
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The Gabriel Garcia Marquez story A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings reflects on the opposing facets of human nature, like the two sides of a spinning coin landing randomly either on cruelty or compassion. As a whole, ‘Shapes Of The Fall’ speaks of something similar – asking, which part of our nature will prevail in the modern world. There’s parallels not only to humans’ destructive effect on the ecosystems of the natural world around us, but also to the internal monologues of our own lives, our own reflections. How have we strung the beads of our lives together? What choices, what actions will determine our rise or fall? Will we, as the very old man with broken wings, learn to fly again or are we destined to fall?
A dystopian flood myth narrative is the backdrop to ‘All Aboard’, a rallying call for action as the storm of climate disruption and the devastation of the natural world gathers pace. The track features two guest appearances; Californian singer-songwriter Ben Harper, a collaborator from his 2005 album, Tearing Sky and Moroccan singer and master of the trance traditions known as Gnawa, Abdelkebir Merchane. “All aboard, pull the oar and row, all aboard to the poles we go,” sing Faccini and Harper while the Moroccan master’s intervention brings a shift into a major key as he asks the Gnawa saint or djinn, El Fqih for blessing and healing. In this way, ruin or repair and hope or despair are the album‘s parallel narratives; with ‘All Aboard’, it swings back toward light, toward hope.
The song features Faccini’s guitar oud, a hybrid fretless instrument and the guembri, a traditional North African instrument, somewhere between a double bass and a fretless guitar as well as the metal hand percussion, the large metal castanets known as karkabous. Faccini, having made of his songs over the years a cross cultural dialogue, defies categorisation, somewhere between Folk songwriting, World Music rhythms.
Recorded live in a farmhouse studio in the French countryside, co-produced by Fred Soulard – ‘Shapes of the Fall’ draws heavily on Faccini’s own ancestry, on southern Italian, Arab-Andalusian and Sephardic modes and rhythms, bridging southern Europe with the Near East and Africa. Beginning with his fascination with Tarantismofrom Puglia and the last known example of trance ritual and music in Europe, the album crosses the narrow straights of the Mediterranean, accompanied by two Algerian brothers and master instrumentalists, Malik and Karim Ziad, to interplay with trance traditions in the Maghreb and in Berber and Gnawa culture.
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