Just over a year after the release of sophomore album Origin and Echo, Snow Palms return with a powerful two-track 12-inch, almost 18 minutes of music in total.
A-side ‘Everything Ascending’ sees Snow Palms mainstay David Sheppard’s signature glinting electronics and crystalline glockenspiels augmented by the modular synths, tapes, piano and production skills of Matt Gooderson (Infadels), the vigorous, rhythmic clarinets of Christian Forshaw (Michael Nyman Band, Icebreaker) and the soaring vocal flights of Megan Gooderson (London Philharmonic Choir).
Over ten minutes in length, the piece oscillates seamlessly between passages of mesmeric electronic pulse, choral-enhanced minimalism and immersive, gamelan-like ambience.
AA-side ‘Circling’, meanwhile, is a bold orchestral reimagining of one of the highlights from Origin and Echo. A response to their own remix of ‘Cycle 12’ by fellow Village Green artist and renowned film music arranger/orchestrator Matt Dunkley, this is a brilliant repositioning of Snow Palms’ music in the emotion-soaked cinematic idiom.
‘Everything Ascending’ is the first step in a new direction for the re-minted Snow Palms, with David Sheppard now collaborating full-time with Matt Gooderson, and precedes more music and a new live show later in 2019.