In Little Swallows

by James A. McDermid

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"In Little Swallows is about a train journey... the same journey each and every day for 2 years, over a decade ago. This was at a time where some things in my life were out of sync with where I wanted to be and what I wanted to do. The train journey would have been insufferable without a book to read - the brutal silence of rumination is debilitating - so I picked up Dostoevsky's Crime & Punishment (a book I'd always wanted to read); a few days later, a new album I'd bought - Benoit Pioulard's Précis - accompanied me on the journey too.

What transpired was that the book and the album brought together a rather strange fluency of both perspicacity and union: the book became the visual aesthetic to the album, and the album became the soundtrack to the book. As the chapters rolled on - with the album on repeat - it turned out to be one of the most transformative periods of my life; I not only felt empowered, energised and motivated to work towards the changes I so desperately wanted to make, but I even started to hear the dialogue of the protagonist, Raskolnikov, in the voice of Tom Meluch himself! Within a month of this experience (and after 2 years of chronic procrastination and zero motivation) I'd moved cities, which is one of the main things I wanted to do. As the dust settled I began to live the life I wanted; even now, after all these years, I still live in the same apartment I moved to.

So because the inspiration of the book and the album spawned a significant transistional period for me, it's always been something I never wanted to forget. Revisiting these memories and feelings is what allowed me to write this album. The album title, In Little Swallows, is just a line I lifted from the book; more than that, almost all of the track titles are snippets of lyrics from Précis. To cap it all, Tom donated 3 of his photos to the project, which I've used as the artwork".

Fluid Radio review by Mick Buckingham:
If Projektions are viably smoky and soft in their sonic perfume of texture, the massive gulps of interstellar ambience on James McDermid’s “In Little Swallows” could not be more nuanced in its differences. So although occupying the same type of musical frequency – like a mix of Tangerine Dream and “SAW” era Aphex Twin – the sheer ripping and ripening of the ambient fruit growing beneath the bowl edges of reverb are a skateboarder’s vertigo-heavy dream, if you can imagine a vertical ramp going concave. On “All Letters Dry With Time” the drone parchment is inked with a veil of rhythmic pulses, as if the ink has stopped and clotted like blood trying to repair a wound. Once again the lines of vulnerability are shown and become a guiding lotus flower that blossoms beautifully on this release.


released February 20, 2019

Vocals on track 2 by Sarah Badr; Vocals on track 5 & 11 by Maiya Hershey. Track 4 originally appeared on the Polar Seas Compilation, 'A Light, A Glimmer' (PSR 34). Track titles & Artwork courtesy of Thomas - Benoit Pioulard - Meluch.
Mastered by Francis M. Gri @ KrysaliSound
Thanks to Paul @ Shimmering Moods

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