Autumn with kirill nikolai & wil bolton

A Sunday autumn afternoon, half an hour before dusk. The cats and I look out the window, warming our toes as the radiator comes on. Outside the leaves tumble from the trees, falling gold, falling rust. Despite this excitement, it’s damp and the cats know to stay inside is best. In unison, street-lamps begin to glow, their orange light blossoming in the strengthening mist. By the time I walk the block before bed, the whole world will be transformed by their gentle light; golden, rusted.

And so it is. It’s silent too. Damp air and damp leaves muffle any sound. The mist smells musty. The streets are deserted, not even a fox. Like the cats, they are no idiots. But I must be. I walk on into a familiar world made strange. Still, silent, golden, alone. Magical.

This is autumn as conjured by Kirill Nikolai on Letting Go Variations. Four tracks of golden quiet, familiar yet magical.  Time stretches away and you are left to enjoy the solitude.

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Another Sunday autumn afternoon. As usual, I’ve forgotten a vital ingredient, hazelnuts this time, and I’m popping to the shops. The sun, weak as it is, is doing its best and I cut through the park. Gold and rust carpet the path, crunching underfoot. Smoke gently drifts from the allotments where diligent growers rake their plots and burn the trespassing leaves. It’s comforting, I loved bonfires as a kid. It’s getting chilly and I’ve left the oven on; I know I have to get home but I walk slower, enjoying the rustles, the smoke and the lowering sun now in my eyes. When I arrive, the cats are waiting. They know the damp mist will soon be brewing. Tired and hungry from an afternoon chasing falling leaves, they want their tea and the radiators will soon begin to warm. I have cakes to finish.

This is autumn as conjured by Wil Bolton’s Lichen, a three track download only album. Lingering, nostalgic, smoky, crackling. Perfect. The sound of autumn sun dazzling behind almost bare branches.

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There was a physical release of Letting Go Variations on Fluid Audio. It was predictably awesome and just as predictably sold out. You can and should download it from Facture’s Bandcamp.

https://facture.bandcamp.com/album/letting-go-variations

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Wil’s download is also available on Bandcamp.

https://audiogourmet.bandcamp.com/album/lichen

While you are on Bandcamp, pick up Wil’s latest, Maemi, as it is rather ace too.

https://ruralcolours.bandcamp.com/album/maemi

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The cakes were made. Blackberry and Hazelnut Friands, the last of the summer’s fruit. They were delicious but the cats didn’t think so.

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