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Piper & Carson

Piper Hayes

This album was recorded live off the floor at Thorpe’s Organic Produce in Millgrove, ON. It was captured in the living room of the century old farmhouse with producer Chris Bartos playing standup bass. The recording was a three day process: Day 1 consisted of set-up, Day 2 troubleshooting, and finally Day 3 resulted in the recording of 16 tracks each performed in a single take.

Decisions were made in the listening room and 16 recordings were trimmed down to 12 tracks. In between each is a layered nature sound that Piper collected live on the farm. These sounds were taken at different times of the day and help build the narrative of the album itself. ‘Piper & Carson’ is a 12-track story detailing a day in the life; Wolf Song swings us into gear early in the morning around 3am, by mid to late afternoon it is time for a much needed break, Save Some For Yourself, and Dream Last Night represents the mind once we’ve fallen asleep. As the last note rings out, the cycle begins again.

The album plays with our experience of time. It taps into the parallels of cycles: days, weeks, months, years, and lifetimes; when days feel long but go by quickly, when months feel like years, and when as we age, years feel like childhood days. In particular this album is a reflection of Piper and Carson’s last few years together. It is a full experience and one is encouraged to listen to it start to finish. Fashioned like a flowing tide these tracks weave a seamless story of life and death, compassion, taking action, and honouring ancestors.
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