A Shifting Lightness is a three-part series exploring the themes of Lightness and Memory.
When writing the music, I was living alone for 18 months near a small town in the North of New Zealand. Every morning I would go downstairs into my half-underground recording space, and from where I was writing I could only see through a single window above ground.
Spending so much time alone allowed me to take things slowly and to reflect on my past. It's strange what isolation can do to your thoughts, but it was rewarding to explore those aspects of myself through my music.
A Shifting Lightness I is the first part of that exploration.
released April 5, 2019
Music written by Levi Patel
Produced by Levi Patel and Jeremy Reid
Recorded by Jacob Rush
Mixed by Simon Gooding at Roundhead Studios
Mastered by Howard Rogers at BringItOn Studios
Pianos recorded at the Leigh Sawmill Café, Auckland, New Zealand.
All other music recorded at Studio509, Auckland, New Zealand.
Levi Patel - pianos, guitars (2)
James Bush - cellos (2, 3, 4)
Rachel Grimwood - violas (2, 3, 4)
Pascal Roggen - violins (2, 3, 4)
Eric Scholes - double bass (2)
Henry Swanson - french horns (2)
Jacob Rush - synth programming (2, 3)
Artwork by Edgar Melitao & Corban Koschak
Special thanks to Gala Morris, Joost Langeveld, Chris van de Geer, Anna Loveys, Jonathan Zsofi, Jolin Lee, Suren Unka, Jonathan Pearce, Mike Newport, Ben and Kevin at the Leigh Sawmill Café, and my family.
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