I came straight to this album after immediately playing “Factory Photographs” by HEXA – as seen in the previous review. I was unsure if my download had copied to my media player correctly. I did not hear anything for a good minute or so – I was disconcerted by the silence: something was missing. And then I looked at the title of the piece.
I was tipped off about this album by the artist, elizabeth Veldon, on Facebook. elizabeth Veldon has self-released this thirty minute, one track album today – on October 11th 2016. As one can tell from the (very long) title is that this album deals with the emotional fallout and after effects with the passing of a loved one.
A sparsely populated album consisting of the playing of a piano – there is plenty of moody silence on the recording. The album, “When I Was A Child I Believed The Dead Lived In High Places So I Will Walk The Campsies Until I Find You (For My Brother)” sees an artist, Veldon, trying to come to terms with the loss of her brother.
I am friends with elizabeth – but, for the sake of the review, will try and objectively look at this piece. However, it can prove hard to disassociate my private life and an objectionable outlook on things. Well, what of the album …
To express the notion and concept of the raw grief of the loss of a sibling at such a young age is eloquently expressed in this recording – a lot of artists would be incapable of expressing the raw emotion held in this album. Certainly, there is a fragility that comes across in this album.
As I listen to the album, I have an inkling that Veldon is sitting there contemplating their shared past and the inevitable future without her Brother. There is a mass of raw emotion in this album without the grand finesse of an orchestration. This is a private grief.
I am sure that Veldon would be the first to admit that she would never play a stage as a classical pianist. However, as a noise piece – this is a very powerful album.
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