I reviewed the debut solo album by Nathanael Larochette called “Earth and Sky” a while back. I’ve also reviewed the latest masterpiece from his band The Night Watch, the 36 minute long song/album “Boundaries.” So it’s really my pleasure to premiere his first video from his solo album for the song “Awaken.” Check out why I think Nathanael is a gifted guitarist and composer.
Here’s what he has to say about the track:
With “Awaken”, I wanted to create a piece that would ease the listener into “Earth and Sky” in the same way one eases into a new day. Throughout the process of writing this album, each piece began to fit together to create a journey like narrative. As with many famous adventure stories, such tales often begin with an unsuspecting hero in a sleepy village and this was the atmosphere I wanted to capture with “Awaken”. The opening harmonics signal the ringing of the town bells and as villagers slowly awake, the action gradually builds as more individuals greet the day. There is a hopefulness and innocence to this piece that brings to mind the freedom and imagination we experience as children. As the album becomes darker and more complex I feel the hope within this piece shines brighter. The video was shot live in one take by the incredible Mitch Fillion for his Southern Souls series. At the time I was feeling quite sick and the weather was colder than I would have liked but luckily I didn’t sneeze during the performance.
To check out and purchase “Earth and Sky” by Nathanael Larochette, check out his Bandcamp page: nathanaellarochette.bandcamp.com
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