NEW ALBUM – I DREAMED AN ISLAND
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Crossing and blurring musical boundaries is an art form for Piers Faccini.
Treading the frontiers which delineate one country from another, Faccini finds his inspiration in the cultural ambiguity of borderlands. If his songs were maps, they’d stretch from the English moors to the Saharan dunes via the plains of the Mediterranean.
Over seven acclaimed albums, Leave No Trace (2004), Tearing Sky (2006), Two Grains of Sand (2009), My Wilderness (2011), Between Dogs & Wolves (2013), Songs Of Time Lost (2014) and I Dreamed An Island (2016), Faccini has toured his music worldwide, recording and collaborating with numerous musicians and singers including Ballake Sissoko, Vincent Segal, Ben Harper, Rokia Traore, Patrick Watson and Ibrahim Maalouf amongst others.
As well as producing his own albums, Faccini has also produced several albums for other artists, most notably Ela by Brazilian cellist and singer Dom La Nena, Northern Folk by Jenny Lysander and Terre de Mon Poeme by Yelli Yelli. In 2013 he started up his own label Beating Drum, specializing in the production of bespoke and hybrid physical objects that bridge music, art and writing such as the 2013 book/cd Songs I Love or the 2016 book/cd No One’s Here.
He is currently touring the new album I Dreamed An Island worldwide.
“I Dreamed An Island is a feat of songwriting. He is a truly original voice.” Songlines UK
“The balance of tradition and innovation, intimate vocals and plaintive cello is perfect – a splash of wintry sunshine.” The Guardian
“En cinq albums, il a construit un oeuvre (au masculin) parmi les plus passionnants de notre époque.” Liberation, France
“Piers Faccini stands with a group of singers who know how to give a soft voice force. Nick Drake set the mold for this approach, laying naked vocals over hushed and hallowed guitar arpeggios. Like Nick Drake’s, Faccini’s music has a wintry starkness, captured in low light, his breathy voice speaks of equal eroticism and romance.” Jim Farber, New York Daily News
“Une voix d’une puissante douceur sur des mélodies tout en clair-obscur, entre chien et loup. Jamais l’Anglo-Italien ne s’est fait plus intimiste.” Francois Gorin, Telerama, France (4 clés Télérama et dans le classement des 5 meilleurs disques Rock/Folk de l’année.)
“His work often echoes and continues the tradition of the pastoral folk noir pioneered by Nick Drake and Roy Harper, yet Faccini infuses it all with a dose of modernity that is vital but never intrusive; these songs are stunning and would easily hold their own in more stripped-down arrangements, but each delicate ingredient adds up to one of the year’s most beautiful albums, filled with an intimacy and sensuality often imitated yet seldom delivered so successfully and effortlessly.” Other Music, NYC
“Faccini evokes comparison to some of the best names in folk and alt-folk with this lean but poetic self-released album. A perfect LP to curl up with this winter.” London 24, UK
“L’eclettismo mostrato nei dischi precedenti non ha fatto dimenticare che l’essenzialità può essere un valore inestimabile per l’autore anglo – italiano. E queste 10 “canzoni da una stanza” ce lo restituiscono in tutta l’immediatezza e sincerità di un arpeggio di chitarra in minore o di un pianoforte che distilla note per abbracciare il silenzio.” Michele Chisena, La Repubblica, Italy
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