Fredrik Klingwall & Julia Black have together with an ensemble of highly creative musicians forged the explosive emotional album SENTIENCE. Blending pop, rock and even jazzy sensibilities over dreamy cinematic surroundings. Julia’s versatile vocals performed in several languages becomes a thrilling focal-point through which the music delivers an enigmatic blend of classical and experimental compositions.
The achievement of SENTIENCE resides a lot in its assembling. It was not bringing orphan musical ideas together that took several years to complete. It was the process of perfecting them. Two artists working online to envision a destination where the voice and compositions dance and breathe together. Reacting to each unexpected turn a new layer or musical motif could provide became an integral part of the process. Employing organic lively old instruments where each note brings an unexpected distinctiveness just as much as an inspired musical performance, or the happy accidents of exploratory sound processing. They all endeavor to become part of the whole.
Lyrically each of the ten songs lives within its own ruminations, where the words are purposely written in several languages to express its emotional narrative on different levels of sensibility and exposition. The final piece ‘At the Precipice’ plays an important role to shape a circular conclusion containing spoken words from all songs. And in so doing becoming the culmination which exposes the quintessence of a beautiful yet doom-laden and inevitable circumstance.
Just like Sentience means the feeling or sensation as distinguished from perception and thought, this album represents something abstract and natural. With a warmth and peculiar charm its mysterious and alluring themes are slowly revealed, and in the end, impossible to escape.
1. The Fall
2. Black Snow
4. Into the Dark Heart
5. Vespering Bells
7. Last Breath
8. Night of Introspection
10. At the Precipice