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140 gram classic black 12" LP in a full color, glossy inner sleeve and jacket featuring the artwork of Josée Pedneault and poetry of Kaie Kellough. Included is a cardstock insert featuring curator and poet Mojeanne Behzadi interviewing producer Nick Schofield about the creation of Crépuscule.
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"Mesmerizing... Like a dram of honey and a dose of nightshade."
– Sean Michaels (Said The Gramophone)
"Beautiful and sophisticated cinematic ambient scores."
– Julia Dyck (CKUT 90.3 FM)
Blooming from the shadows comes Crépuscule, the forthcoming full-length album by ambient artists Nick Schofield and Stefan Christoff, collaboratively creating as Rêves sonores. Tracked and spliced together over a number of recording sessions, Crépuscule is a collaged tone poem depicting a night wandering through Montreal’s fabled Jardin du Crépuscule (Twilight Garden) in Mile End. Schofield and Christoff’s collection of works find movement in the night, reconstructing improvisations into eleven illuminating classically tinged compositions.
As a concept, Rêves sonores centers around the basic premise of a moderated musical dialogue; it provides a platform for inspired improvisation to interact with contemporary classical compositions, all of which are reinforced with experimental electronic techniques.
Their first collaboration, titled Rêves sonores à Montréal (2015), saw Schofield reworking a set of Christoff’s impressionistic solo piano recordings, using basic tools of musique concrete and synthesis to fundamentally reframe the emotive characteristics of his partner’s work. The result, as described by Tiny Mixtapes, was “a collection of tender ambient vignettes.”
Schofield and Christoff theorized the next phase of their Rêves sonores project and how their efforts could scale into something more communal. They began to experiment with incorporating collaborators in concert, featuring guest improvisers like Joseph Shabason, Thanya Iyer, Mika Posen, and Adam Kinner.
Continuing to pursue the ensemble angle, the conception of Crépsucule began with a recording session in New York in 2015. Schofield spent a day documenting Devin Brahja Waldman improvising on saxophone and Christoff on a Steinway grand piano. The most compelling loops from this session were then brought to violinist Ari Swan who provided gestural melodies sweeping across Christoff and Waldman’s freeform meditations. In turn, Schofield took these materials to the Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity in Alberta, where he began his in-depth production, recording vintage synthesizers and collaging each composition into existence. The album’s final stage was handled back home in Montreal where Schofield studied every moment of Crépuscule, deftly editing the instruments to create the semblance of an orchestrated ensemble performing in unison. At last, the album was mixed with esteemed engineer and artist Radwan Ghazi Moumneh (Jerusalem In My Heart) at Hotel2Tango studio. Schofield and Moumneh strived to convey a mix of lucidity and reverie, a play of shadows, a trick of light - perfectly capturing the eccentric sculptures of the Twilight Garden.
The album’s prefatory pieces immediately define the sonic palette of Rêves sonores’ distinct and resonant display of instrumentation. Alight announces Crépuscule’s introduction as an orchestra warming up prepares an audience for a symphony performance. Blurred colors of brass reverse themselves through a thin pool of sustained strings, momentarily coming up for air before quietly decaying into Mondial, Schofield’s grandiose “anthem for the Earth.”
The sculptures of the twilight garden have now come to life. Soliloquy and Seers Theme plunge further down the path of the Twilight Garden, surveying its shadowy corners with smoky saxophone and playful midnight blue piano phrases creeping up and down Christoff’s keys. As darkness deepens, Crépuscule catalyzes a wider scope of ruminative visuals. Euphoria Phase dances atop elongated synthesized spirits while Svalsbard, evokes icy soundscapes through arctic field recordings provided by sound artist Nick Kuepfer.
Crépuscule’s third act captures the witching hours through the twilight garden. Echoes of the album’s rich tonal backbone fade into the accented minimalism of Spirodon; kinetic motifs introduced through esoteric chords, string, and saxophone dim behind the plucking of Christoff’s introspective piano. The album’s closing pieces, Hearken and the aptly titled Lucidity, inspire movement into clarity, re-opening the garden’s gates to this time ascend alongside its conclusive Reprise.
Crépuscule seeks to find an intersection in the unconscious where imagination, intrigue, and expression co-exist. Through the process of assembling and broadening artistic company comes creative configuration, a place where Rêves sonores assumes its true form.
released April 21, 2021
Produced by Nick Schofield
Piano By Stefan Christoff
Violin By Ari Swan
Saxophone By Devin Brahja Waldman
Field recordings By Nick Kuepfer
Synthesizers By Nick Schofield
Mixed By Radwan Ghazi Moumneh at Hotel2tango Studio
Mastered By Harris Newman at Greymarket Mastering
Recorded and produced at Banff Centre For Arts and Creativity
16 Beaver Street, New York City, and
Studio 2X5, Montreal
Artwork By Josée Pedneault
Design By Nicholas Concklin
Published By Mushpost, LLC (ASCAP)
Executive Produced By Nicholas Concklin and John Moses
We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts
These haunting and beautiful songs stayed with me a long time after I finished listening. They draw you in and let you explore them. Highly recommended if you enjoy listening to dreamy music while on an aimless wander. francesca tallone