“Earth And Sky is the work of an artist, not a performer. It’s pure art and showcases the abilities of a gifted composer.” – Progressive Music Planet
Today, Musk Ox/The Night Watch guitarist NATHANAEL LAROCHETTE, in cooperation with Progressive Music Planet, offers up a performance video for the track “Awaken.” The serene hymn comes by way of Earth And Sky, LAROCHETTE‘s elegant double solo album self-released this past Summer.
Earth And Sky is made up of two distinct yet complimentary albums: Earth, a collection of solo classical guitar works which act as the stark acoustic counterpart to Sky, a layered, forty-minute ambient electric composition. The neofolk and post rock influences which inspired the creation of Musk Ox are each given their own space to breathe and evolve on Earth And Sky, creating an ever unfolding work of intimate vastness.
Relays LAROCHETTE of the track, “With ‘Awaken,’ I wanted to create a piece that would ease the listener into Earth And Sky in the same way one eases into a new day. Throughout the process of writing this album, each piece began to fit together to create a journey like narrative. As with many famous adventure stories, such tales often begin with an unsuspecting hero in a sleepy village and this was the atmosphere I wanted to capture with ‘Awaken.’ The opening harmonics signal the ringing of the town bells and as villagers slowly awake, the action gradually builds as more individuals greet the day. There is a hopefulness and innocence to this piece that brings to mind the freedom and imagination we experience as children. As the album becomes darker and more complex I feel the hope within this piece shines brighter. The video was shot live in one take by the incredible Mitch Fillion for his Southern Souls series. At the time I was feeling quite sick and the weather was colder than I would have liked but luckily I didn’t sneeze during the performance.”
Watch NATHANAEL LAROCHETTE truly bring “Awaken” to life courtesy of Progressive Music Planet HERE or via YouTube HERE.
Order Earth And Sky at LAROCHETTE’s Bandcamp page HERE.
Since picking up the classical guitar, NATHANAEL LAROCHETTE has been on quite a journey. From sharing stages with renowned artists such as Agalloch, Wardruna, Kevin Hufnagel (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia), and Mick Barr (Krallice), performing at the debut North American exhibition of famed Romanian artist Costin Chioreanu (At The Gates, Skuggsja, Roadburn), appearing on compilations alongside Ulver, Empyrium, and Tenhi, to composing and performing interludes on the final Agalloch record The Serpent & The Sphere and having Musk Ox’s Woodfall release named one of the Top 10 Canadian Albums of 2015 by The Needle Drop, few would envision such accomplishments when imagining a future plucking nylon strings. Steadily building a name for himself since the first Musk Ox release nearly a decade ago, NATHANAEL LAROCHETTE continues to weave compelling musical narratives that can only be described as his own.