The new Orla Wren album Moccasin Flowers ( silentSEED )
began life late in 2013 during the very early preparations for live performances at both JARDINS EFEMEROS in Viseu, Portugal and SPACE TEXTURES in Riga, Latvia.
Returning to and further exploring the analog synthesis techniques used in his early and (in some cases) unreleased works Tui then began gathering sounds and looking and listening for who else might best contribute to this new sound work.
The beautiful and intimate imagery from the film Two Years At Sea by Ben Rivers had become hugely influencial at this point and guest musicians such as Barry Leake, Veronique Vaka, Brinstaar, Marc Myasoedov, Jura Laiva, Tsumugine, Aaron Martin and Sara Galan bestowed, throughout the process some exceptionally delicate parts to the already intensely detailed and democratic weave.
The Spanish artist and cellist Sara Galan was invited to create the very beautiful drawings and paintings that make up this 6 sided rectangle special edition package which was so wonderfully pressed on heavy matte stock by MonotypeRec Pressing.
The release of this album marks a very emotional time both personally and creatively, folding in on itself over time quite naturally into the beginning of the silentSEED label and onto a true artisanal autonomy.
Returning to the beautiful and intimate performance at Jardins Efemeros that was so very important in the making of this album ...
"Orla Wren is one of my favourite shamans - one that can transform sound into ultra-conscience aesthetic information" ... Rui Matoso - Jardins Efemeros 2014.