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At Swim 2 Birds

Flying Nun


Re-issued on vinyl for the first time since it's 1987 release,At Swim 2 Birdsis a sonically rich and ever expanding collaboration betweenPeter Jefferies(This Kind Of Punishment) and Dunedin folk musicianJono Lonie.

Titled after the surreal Flann OBiren novel, this album is a varied affair from piano-scapes, ambient noise, minimalism to experimental moods and homemade instruments. All seeking out free combinations that act as both antithesis and co-existence.

"While its tempting to look at a musical career that spans three and a half decades in terms of trends and themes, every record thatPeter Jefferieshas ever made demands to be dealt with on its own, andAt Swim 2 Birdsis no exception.Flying Nun Recordsfirst released it in 1987, just asThis Kind Of Punishment, his sonic partnership with brotherGraeme Jefferies, wound down, and shortly before he becameXpresswaysproduction expert.

But it is not so much a transitional effort as a singular expression of where Jefferies head was at, geographically and personally. Having leftNew Zealandsnorth island forDunedin, he was ready to leave behind the musical and personal pressures that accompanied his work withTKPand its more straightforwardly rocking predecessor,Nocturnal Projections. So he refrained from singing, turning instead to the evocative potential of malleable sound to express a more unbounded frame of mind.

NowadaysJono Lonieplays Irish folk music, but Jefferies appreciatively recalls how willing he was to experiment onAt Swim 2 Birds;Working with Jono was very liberating in terms of new ideas and new sounds. He was really flexible and open-minded about the collaborative process.Jefferies tape manipulations are all over the record,transforming the pitches and timbres of his piano and drums as well as Lonies guitar and violin. The two men worked out the music in Lonies house, overlooking the ocean and Otago Peninsula. This setting translated into music that suggests tidal pulses, avian voices, and open skies, natural forces that balance the brittle nerviness of tracks like Interalia and Tarantella. Jefferies has gone on to use the transformational techniques at work on this LP time and again, and he also returned to instrumental music onSubstatic,but hes never made another record that feels likeAt Swim 2 Birds."

- Bill Meyer

*Comes with download card

Artist: Peter Jefferies & Jono Lonie
Title: At Swim 2 Birds
Cat #: FN070
Label: Flying Nun Records
Year: 1987. Re-Issued 2016
Format: 12" Vinyl and Digital

Track List:

1. Introduction
2. Thief With The Silver
3. Piano (One)
4. Interalia
5. At Swim 2 Birds
6. Tarantella
7. Where The Flies Sleep
8. The Standing Stone
9. Aerial
10. Short Was Fast
11. Piano (Two)

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