Alec Cheer – Low Summer Sunlight On Water
Beautiful 180grm heavy vinyl in 3mm matt finished sleave decorated with photographs by Sally Chisholm & Alec Cheer…
Low Summer Sunlight On Water is the vinyl debut of Alec Cheer, and features 11 tracks of improvised piano music and found sounds.
Recorded in the Mitchell Library in Glasgow and in the family home in Portessie. Mastered by Ruaraidh Sanachan (Nackt Insecten/Moon Unit). Released by Alec Cheer on his own Macrowhisker imprint. The album is dedicated to the memory of Sally Chisholm, Alec Cheer’s mother, who past away suddenly in September 2011.
“I had been going to the Mitchell Library for the past couple of years to play the pianos they have in the rooms up on the 4th floor. I’m no piano player, I couldn’t play you a tune that you would know, I just love the sound of the notes harmonics and the sustain. I’m really drawn to the mystery and the feeling of limitless possibilities I get sitting in front of the piano. I’m interested in honest sounds, and the piano has a sound that is very real, when your playing it you a get a great sense of the physical structure and weight of the instrument.
My approach was to sit at the piano, place the zoom recorder on top, press record and see what happens. Each piano has it own sound, My mother’s piano for example has a bassier sound and is in a bigger room which gives it a lovely warm texture. The sound the piano produces to me is meditative and enriching and I hope that tranlates in these recordings.” – Alec Cheer, Nov 2012