A Shifting Lightness is an exploration 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.
Not only did I have the opportunity to delve deep into myself, but later in the process I was also able to share the experience with others. This album features sensitive performances that truly take my breath away, technical dedication of the highest degree, and countless other generous contributions from friends old and new, making this my most rewarding project to date.
It feels strange to release music at a time when so many people are suffering but I hope that it can offer some small comfort. Having written it in isolation, it seems a fitting way to release it too.
Take care, and I hope you enjoy the music.
released March 20, 2020
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
Additional recording on tracks 10, 11, and 12 by Levi Patel
Additional production by Jacob Rush and Gala Morris
Pianos (tracks 10, 11, 12), acoustic guitars (12), keyboards (11, 12), and vocals (11, 12) recorded at LOT9 Studios, Auckland, New Zealand.
All other pianos recorded at the Leigh Sawmill Café, Auckland, New Zealand.
All other music recorded at Studio509, Auckland, New Zealand.
Artwork by Edgar Melitao and Corban Koschak
Levi Patel - Pianos, guitars, keyboards, vocals (11, 12), percussion (12)
James Bush - Cellos
Rachel Grimwood - Violas
Pascal Roggen - Violins
Eric Scholes - Double bass (2, 9, 10, 13)
Henry Swanson - French horns (2, 9, 10)
Ben Sinclair - Clarinets (9, 10), flutes (9, 10)
Jacob Rush - Synth programming (2, 3, 9, 10)
Mike Newport - Programming (8)
Corban Koschak - Vocals (9)
Gala Morris - Vocals (9)
Giana Patel - Vocals (9)
Miller Yule - Vocals (9)
Special thanks to Jonathan Zsofi, Jolin Lee, Josh Allen, Mike Chunn, Suren Unka, Melina Rathjen at Peer Agency, Jonathan Pearce, Mike Newport, Sophie Faber, Shane Anderson, Jesse Woolston, Anna Loveys, Ben and Kevin at the Leigh Sawmill Café, Tom Adams, Mikael Lind, Gala Morris, and my family.
supported by 11 fans who also own “A Shifting Lightness”
Slow Meadow's S/T LP debut is a deftly layered recording. It presents a melancholic yet serene tonality. The tracks and their languid flow are wrapped in classical ambient colors. Of note is the gorgeous cello of Aimee Norris and the violin accompaniment of Andy Shelton, Joshua Ello, and Alia Gonzales. Nice introduction. Brilliant debut. Gary Figueroa