Branches (with Cyril Secq)

by Orla Wren

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about

Branches came into being during a long time planned project between Tui (Orla Wren) and Cyril Secq (member of the band Astrïd). Having worked together when Cyril contributed guitar to the Orla Wren's previous albums the idea then formed to do something further and even more collaborative. At the same time, Cyril had recorded many guitar parts, as a 'solo' project, that had never been released. And they were the basis, the bones for Orla to work, completely free.

It's a duet between acoustic strings and processing, field recordings, edits and organic arrangements.
This music is steadily ramifies, growing out of itself like a wild tree. The tunes woven together and untwine again as a branches shaken by the wind. It sounds focused, calm and distinct. Although everything has been done in distant places (France and Scotland) the result sounds like two musicians experimenting in the same room, sharing their background and culture.

The beautiful photographic work from Spanish born Nieves Mingueza brought the whole project together in the form of these two very special editions of Branches.
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released March 25, 2016

Cyril Secq - acoustic guitar, harmonium, piano (asrtid-misic.fr)
Tui - piano, organ, electronics, field recordings, processing and mastering (orlawren.eu)
Nieves Mingueza - photography (nievesmingueza.com)
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released June 19, 2016

Branches, as implied by the name, represents a kind of elegant off-shoot and is the sound of older, wiser, and maybe even slightly sadder heads. But most importantly this work continues in the tradition of all Orla Wren albums (superbly abetted here by Secq) of a music that, although superficially suggestive of calmness and a meditative nature, is in fact a music of excited anticipation, of bated breath. Herein lays both its true difference and its little touch of genius. Breathe it in. Keiron Phelan D.O.A

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