Yet another case of adversity breeding phenomenal music.
Suddenly finding himself evacuated from his Glasgow home after it was found to have structural damage, composer John Lemke embarked on a couch-surfing journey for the next six months with his piano and a bag of clothes. The creative result of that upheaval is the fittingly titled new album Nomad Frequencies, which comes out 25 September. Featuring his trademark minimalist piano adorned with such accoutrements as analog synths, tape echoes, and meditative tuning forks he's created something that sounds both meditative and restless, a dynamic beautifully present on the standout track "The Unwinding".
"'The Unwinding' perfectly sums up the essence of Nomad Frequencies," Lemke tells PopMatters. "There is an expansiveness and space to it, competing with aggression, chaos and a certain disjointedness, sometimes even a kind of discomfort. And somewhere in between those elements this track really comes together. Despite its boldness, there is a very delicate side to it, the way in which all the different sound elements come together -- this is probably what took the longest to achieve and do the feeling I was after justice. In a way it's a lot less personal than most of my previous work -- it's more about perspective, recognising your surroundings and trying to make sense of all the great dichotomies of our time. But luckily, being an instrumental piece, like all of my work, it doesn't force any of these thoughts upon the listener. It's most definitely my favourite piece of music to have created so far. Until the next album, I hope that is!"