This excellent, often maximalist album takes an extended slow-down break for this stately piano work that is generous with its pauses.
Favorite track: The Heart Doesn’t Lie (Except When It Does).
I wrote “Ithaca” after returning to live in my home town of Brisbane, Australia after many years away living in Melbourne, Seattle and New York. Writing “Ithaca” was a raw, personal and cathartic experience for me and explores the complex and varied emotions I have felt since returning home. It canvasses feelings of optimism, frustration, heartbreak, melancholy and ultimately hope.
Whilst the title “Ithaca” is derived from a previous name for the neighbourhood I currently live in, I acknowledge the Jagera and Turrbal people as the first inhabitants and the traditional custodians of the lands where I live.
released May 8, 2020
Written, performed, produced and mixed by Madeleine Cocolas
Mastered by Lawrence English
Cover Image by Madeleine Cocolas
With thanks to Lawrence, Gregory, Beatrix & Xanthe
I cannot think of another word to call this compilation besides masterpiece. A go-to for relaxation, stress reduction, introspection, and aural comfort. This album knows its role, delivers quality ambience, and showcases the exceptional talent that Past Inside the Present provides. Juniperus Kaizuka