The mysterious Hummingbird returns…
Napoleonic naturalist René Primevère Lesson is best remembered for his monographs; the first European to document living birds of paradise.
Sir William Jardine is known for his editing of a long series of natural history books, The Naturalist’s Library.
Chilean diplomat Pablo Naruda wrote his poetry in green, to symbolize desire and hope.
All were inspired by the smallest of bird, with wings that move at a frequency inaudible to humans.
“… your Epiphany, little supreme being, you are a miracle, shimmering…”
As always, musical frequencies are layered masterfully by James Plotkin. Limited edition packaging includes hand crafted letterpresses 4 panel covers, glass mastered CD, 9 x René Primevère prints in glassine bags, A5 print (signed by Hummingbird), printed poem, inserts from original antique 1st edition 1833 ’Naturalist’s Library’ books and pressed/scented lavender flowers. All hand numbered/tagged and sealed in stitched glassine bags.
„…From scarlet to dusty gold,
to yellow flames,
to the rare
to the orange and black velvet
of our girdle gilded by sunflowers,
to the sketch
little supreme being,
you are a miracle,
released March 31, 2016
Mastering by James Plotkin
Tiny synthesized tones dance among the strings in the opening track, “Himalayah”, an indicator of scale that reflects the size of the species. Time and time again, the artist weaves such little sounds into the mix, where they wait to be discovered like flecks of pyrite. The timbres of chimes and bells are particularly memorable, riding an ambient stream. At 68 minutes, the album is generous; it’s easy to get lost like driftwood. But whenever clear instruments appear – for example, the piano of “Six Points of Tabligh” – the listener’s attention is drawn back to the music’s complex architecture. ….