Recorded in a cabin in remote Finnish Lapland during one week in December 2014, ‘Pale Ground’ is the second collaboration between Andrew Phillips and Jon Buckland. Following on from ‘Winter’s City’ (2013), which was recorded in the wake of a visit to Helsinki, the UK pair decided to embark on a trip to more Northerly territory, and to record in situ. Arriving without any set intentions as to style, form or theme, what emerged was a naturally unfolding response to the landscape, and subsequent experience of remoteness. At times the music dwells in an interior space, comforting respite from the unforgiving temperatures, yet confining. On other occasions the sound is more reflective of an unfamiliar vastness, which was found to be both wondrous and disconcerting at once. The landscape liminal, and with defining features nulled by snow.
Performed, recorded, and mixed by A.V.Phillips and J.Buckland.
Mastered by James Plotkin