Catalogue no: F-IRECD 59
Date of Release : 27/05/2013
Laura Cole’s writing and arrangements for Metamorphic draw heavily on her experience of RSI as a musician, and the subsequent depression that she battled with as a result. Now fully recovered, Coalescence is an attempt to chart this journey through music and words. The album title represents a theme of consolidation within the music, and the idea of moving forward.
Coalescence is a collection of largely song-based emotional journeys, juxtaposing original material and arrangements of well-known pieces. The background to this music also draws from an interest in textures, music in dreams and the translation of transformative emotional experiences through composition and performance. Laura - who admits to influences from Carla Bley and Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra to Moondog, Stravinsky and DJ Shadow - also co-leads a Leeds-based improvising big band, The Bennett Cole Orchestra, with bassist Seth Bennett, and she is also part of Martin Archer’s group Engine Room Favourites.
Catalogue no: F-IRECD 55
Date of Release : 13/05/2013
Part Two is a feast of sharp close harmonies, twangy grooves, sonorous wailings, and bold moments of freedom. Essentially an extension and development of the first Basquiat Strings record, it creates an alternative string sound using rhythmic drive and improvisation, while aiming to be as cohesive as the classical string quartet, and as natural as string ensembles prevalent in European and Arabic folk music. The album is a culmination of two years of rehearsing and performing made possible by the 2007 Mercury Awards nomination. This new album very much embraces the classical background of these unique players, who have also been deeply informed by the jazz tradition.