Encontros fortuitos que resultaram em colaborações esporádicas que viriam por sua vez desaguar num registo de longa-duração. Isto para encurtar uma história demorada cujo eixo gravitacional se centra na fusão dos tecidos sónicos criados por David Allred e Peter Broderick num novo projecto.
Minimalista nos elementos, fazendo uso apenas da voz, um violino e um contrabaixo Find The Ways – o disco de estreia que resulta da fusão das atmosferas orgânicas e expansivas de Allred & Broderick -, não é certamente minimalista na exuberante paleta de cinematografias exibidas nas cordas vocais, que lembram lendas e contos de marinheiros, e nas cordas dos instrumentos, que resgatam uma ambiência costeira gélida dos extremos polares.
Delicadamente cerimonial e de tom lúgubre e sombrio, “Hey Stranger” alicerça-se em intrincadas filigranas de reverberação grave e é um dos temas retirados do álbum de lançamento previsto para dia 07 de Abril pela Erased Tapes. Um pouco da história verídica que motivou a composição do tema um pouco mais abaixo.
Hey Stranger is about an old friend that I will refer to as J, who disappeared about 5 years ago. J was a close friend throughout most of my life but was also one of the most perplexing individuals I’ve ever known. He had a very off-beat relationship with his family and most friends due to his intense personality which inevitably deteriorated his relationship with almost everyone he crossed paths with. J would also occasionally get into trouble with the law and was very often misunderstood.
He has no online presence or any clear existing indication that he’s still out there in the world which is the most unsettling feeling for me, but for some reason over the past year I have been getting the idea that J will pop up on the street at any moment when I least expect it and I can’t quite articulate why I feel this might happen all the sudden or what I would say if that was ever the case. Despite my last few interactions with J being quite challenging and dramatic, I still often appreciate his overall influence on me. He was a very unique character in my life and incredibly intelligent beyond his years, and heavily influential on who I am today.
Of all the people that have come and gone in my life, the memories I have of J somehow stuck with me more than most of the other people that I’m no longer in touch with even if my relationship with them was more stable. J’s lasting yet perplexing impact on me has recently been growing more prevalent in my life even though I mostly felt the complete opposite when he was actually a part of my life. I felt a strong prompting to write this song in an attempt to make peace with this unresolved situation.