Darkest Light is the second release from Melbourne saxophonist James Carter. Following his debut album After All in 2012, James pursued private study in New York City with Jean-Michel Pilc, Ellery Eskelin and Will Vinson, and completed a Masters degree in Music Performance. These experiences led James to compose and compile the music featured on this album, and presented an opportunity to record with revered Melbourne musician Stephen Magnusson.
With both musicians’ now regular contributors to the Melbourne music scene, the collaboration of these distinct voices created an exciting platform on which to launch Darkest Light. The work was recorded in 2014 at Pughouse Studios, mixed and mastered by Niko Schauble and distributed through Newmarket Music. The album features six compositions by James, two by close friend and frequent collaborator Christian Meyer, and a stunning piece by Stephen Magnusson and Carl Pannuzzo entitled So It Goes. As the album progresses, Carter and Magnusson are joined by extraordinary drummer Dave Beck and sublime vocalist Tom Barton. Together, they weave a textural soundscape that is both fuelled with intense fire and steeped in yearning fragility.
Darkest Light aims to reflect the hope that begins to break through after a period of melancholy. It serves as a representation of the stepping-stone between grief, resurrection and redemption that defines the human condition. It attempts to illuminate the idea that not all is lost and, upon reflection, there is a great deal to be learned from embracing the arduous experiences we often face.
released February 10, 2017
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