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Always Golden Sands

by Peter Chilvers & Jon Durant

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Paul Asbury Seaman "Always Autumm" is one of the most beautiful tracks I've heard in ages. Strikes just the right balance of reflection, hope, and the melancholy I always associate with fall. So glad they decided to issue some of their "leftover" tracks as an EP. I tend to prefer album-length releases, but a gem is a gem in any setting, and this one's a keeper. Favorite track: Always Autumn.
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English keyboardist and Brian Eno collaborator Peter Chilvers teamed up with American guitarist Jon Durant to create a series of stunningly beautiful aural vistas, which blend ECM inspired chamber jazz improvisation with ambient music. ‘Always Golden Sands’ is their debut, to be followed in January by a full album, ‘Vista’.

Chilvers commented, “As a teenager, I fell in love with the great ECM recordings of the 70s and 80s. Working with Jon has felt like travelling back to that period and finding an undiscovered star. It’s been a joyful and effortless recording, a live album somehow recorded despite lockdowns on opposite sides of the Atlantic. I wish I could beam it back to my teenage self.”

The duo settled into a rhythm of working across distant time zones during the pandemic. Tracks often began with a morning keyboard improvisation from Chilvers, which would be embellished and transformed by Durant as daylight hit his side of the Atlantic. Having completed Vista, the momentum built up, and three further tracks emerged. These stood well on their own and will be released first as ‘Always Golden Sand’ - a starter to Vista’s main course.

Durant noted, “my favorite aspect of this record is the level of interplay we managed to achieve, especially given the difficult circumstances in which we made this record. Peter’s lovely piano melodies were an inspiration for me to add not just beautiful textures but also play melodically with and around his piano and synths.”

The EP features the exquisitely melancholic “Always Autumn”, the playful dialog of guitar and percolating synths on “Shifting Sands”, and the pensive “Golden”, a reworking of the more rhythmic “Age of Steam” from Vista. The album also includes the darker shades of “Embers” and the expansive “Sunset” - multiple piano loops slowly build around each other, augmented by Durant’s signature cloud guitars before giving way to a deep dusky atmo- sphere to close the album. Best enjoyed with a glass of whisky.


released December 8, 2020

Peter Chilvers: Remodelled Pianos, Synths, Generative processes
Jon Durant: Cloud Guitar, Fretless Guitar, Mixing

Peter Chilvers Published worldwide by Universal Music Publishing Group obo Opal Limited
Jon Durant Published worldwide by Mannakin Arts, BMI

Mastered by Dana White at Specialized Mastering


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Jon Durant Boston, Massachusetts

Guitarist Jon Durant brings a unique sense of texture and melody to his instrument. His distinctive “cloud guitar” soundscapes and engaging lead work have graced numerous CD recordings and film soundtracks. Collaborators include Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree), Tony Levin (King Crimson, Peter Gabriel), Vinny Sabatino, Jerry Leake, Cartn Lin, Ray Greene (Tower of Power) and many others. ... more

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