A classically-trained musician, composer for film, frequent collaborator, and founder/curator of Bigo & Twigetti, when Jim Perkins goes into the studio to record his own projects, it is safe to assume he has found a fresh and novel concept to explore. Such is the case with his new album Pools, his first full-length since 2015’s Constance. Once again, Perkins draws from the compositional techniques of his roots and cleverly subverts them with innovative recording methods and sound design combined with thematic constancy. In particular, Pools relies on binaural recording techniques and careful layering and spatial positioning of the instruments to create an immersive listening experience best experienced with a pair of headphones and attentive ears.
“A relaxed compositional framework leaves room for the serendipity of improvisation; it facilitates a beautiful balance; music with purpose, music that breathes. I want the listener to feel as if they are in the room with these instruments and surrounded by sound” – Jim Perkins
You can listen here to an exclusive early preview of “Enfolding”, the second and most restrained track on the record with its delicate piano refrains melded with gauzy electronic textures and synth treatments. It serves as a calm prelude to the series of colorful and variegated pieces that follow each of which highlight the contributions of a talented cast of guest musicians which includes fellow Cenes ensemble members Fiona Brice & Tony Woollard on strings as well as Richard George, Lucy Wilkins, Reiad Chibah, and Steve Rossell along with Chris Green Armitage on piano, Will Arundel and Joanna Forbes on vocals, and Katy Ayling on clarinet. The brio of their collective inspiration combined with Perkins’ inventive framework yields yet another captivating entry in the Bigo & Twigetti catalog.
Pools will be available as a digital release beginning October 3, 2019 from Bigo & Twigetti and features artwork by Sabatina Leccia.