Still Life is an exercise in intimacy, spontaneity, and detail. Each piece on the album is its own musical “still life” portrait; a delicate arrangement focused on bringing every detail of the music to life. These four spontaneous compositions were recorded in moments of stillness and contemplation on an old upright piano, prepared with felt to soften the sound of the hammers, and multi-tracked to create rich and immersive textures. The album’s title was initially meant to have two meanings – in reference to the feeling of stillness as well the concept of still life paintings – but I eventually realized it actually has three; it’s also about stillness in the sense of continuing on, even in the face of difficulty or despair:
“Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
He lifts His voice, the earth melts”
“Be still, and know that I am God.”
-Psalm 46: 2-6, 10
Even in times of chaos, trouble, and despair, we continue on, because there is still life.
released May 13, 2016
Casey van Wensem - Piano, Keys, Engineering, Mixing, Mastering.