Palancar – Shallow River Flowing

coverBlue Water Drift Dive is all about the love of this curious music we call ambient electronic, and for promoting all the artists who make it.  Rarely will you see me promote something of my own here. But hey – since the music is also ambient electronic, and since I’m one of those artists to be promoted – I’m not completely off topic.

And so, I’d like to announce the release of my latest album, entitled Shallow River Flowing.  It’s released under Creative Commons and it’s a free anonymous download, so why not?

Here are the liner notes from the album:

In 17th century Japan there once lived a poet named Matsuo Basho, who authored some of the most evocative, transcendent, and occasionally humorous poetry ever written. Working primarily in the haiku form, his words resonate even today with their imagery, depth, and delicate touch.

One of his more famous quotes was this:

“A good poem is one in which the form of the verse and the joining of its parts seem light as a shallow river flowing over its sandy bed.”

With my latest album, entitled Shallow River Flowing, I have released a collection of beatless flowing soundscapes meant to evoke some of the imagery I experience when reading such poetry.

The title of every track on the album is taken from a poet or a poem, often a haiku but not necessarily, and the music therein tries to capture the essence of the poem as I interpreted it. Some of the music is dark and spooky, some of it light and soaring, but all of it came from the heart.

I hope you find this music refreshing and rewarding, and that you also search on the net for the references the titles imply. Reading the poetry while listening is definitely the way I enjoy it, and I hope you will do the same.

Crowd of Stars – from When You Are Old by William Butler Yeats
Shallow River Flowing – a quote by Matsuo Basho about poetry
The Root is One – from The Coming of Wisdom with Time by William Butler Yeats
Abendwind – from Abendwind by Gert W. Knop
One Leaf From the Kiri Tree – an untitled haiku by Matsuo Basho
Essential Oil – from The Burned Essential Oil by Philip Levine
Tall Grass Their Monument – an untitled haiku by Matsuo Basho
Ankle-Deep in Liquid Gold – from An Autumn Sunset by Theron Brown


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