Peace Chord – Memo

Ahead of his debut album as Peace Chord dropping next week, Canadian musician and core member of Crack Cloud, Daniel Robertson, is releasing the final track to be lifted from the album alongside a beautiful stop-motion animation he created during lockdown. ‘Peace Chord’ is out on 5th February 2021 via Unheard of Hope.

Robertson on the song: “Written after a time in Berlin; amongst a polyphony of past lives in the memorials and the chapels I visited, I saw paintings of saints and envisioned those who have passed from my life.”

And on the self-directed video: “In my bedroom studio I collected moss from my neighbourhood and glued it to wooden boards. The character came to life amidst the objects I had around me; LED finger lights, glass fishing floats from my grandparents, an old oscilloscope, plasticine, and my grandfathers old camera lenses. Everything in this video was handmade, from the puppet’s face to the snowy meadow.”

Roberton’s debut album as Peace Chord is a deeply personal, ethereal collection of songs in which he reflects on the worlds he has been immersed in. From minimalist explorations of gentle voice, upright piano, and vintage synthesizers, vulnerable meditations emerge. Through these spacious compositions, Robertson makes room for ideas to take hold and evolve gradually, drawing the listener into his world.

As Peace Chord, Robertson displays a vivid sense of space and place. While his work with Crack Cloud is communal and grandiose, here we find the individual vulnerable and introspective. Here we find a poet, in a moment of hermetic revelation. Even without knowing the particulars of the album’s backstory, the fragile arrangements bring you next to him, hearing the floor creak as he works his way around his innermost thoughts.

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