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String Figures

i. sabotage story (unknot opening)
ii. deep (prayer)
iii. shaman (how I became) ~ inuït legend
iv. komusar (moving)
v. hardingfele (release)
vi. inouï (and free)
vii. transmission (so it shall never be lost)

vinyl release 2nd of March 2018 via SVS records

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Congas, bendir, repique, metal plate in 1, 2, 3, 4 performed live by Falk Schrauwen – Bass, tenor saxophone in 1, 3 performed by Sam Comerford, recorded by Jérémy Michel at Lowmansland studios, Brussels, Belgium – Bass cicada in 1 recorded in Bandung, Indonesia – Sync hoofs by two horses, recorded on Heybeliada island, Turkey – Dung Chen, Gya Ling, Bub Chel in 1 performed by unknown, recorded by unknown in Tibet – Lyrics on 3 inspired by the story of Ava and Niviatsiaq collected by Knud Rasmussen in 1922, Arctic Canada – Muralag folk tale in 4 sung by Made Paul, collected by W. Laade in Western Torres Straits, South Pacific – Bees in 4 recorded in Drôme, France – Katajjait, Assalalaa in 6 sung by unknown, recorded somewhere in the Arctic circle – Processed throat singing in 6 performed by Maxime Demartin, recorded in Brussels, Belgium – Processed Hardingfele in 7 performed by unknown, recorded in Bergen, Norway

All other instruments by Zoë Mc Pherson
Written, recorded, performed, and produced by Zoë Mc Pherson
2, 3 co-arranged by Falk Schrauwen and Zoë Mc Pherson
Mixed by Jérémy Michel at Lowmansland studios, Brussels, Belgium
Mastered by Rashad Becker at Clunk studios, Berlin, Germany
String Figures audiovisual album directed by Alessandra Leone and Zoë Mc Pherson
Artwork 3D by Andreas Barden, Design by Paul Putzar
Produced by Zoë Mc Pherson
Distributed by SVS records
Grateful thanks to Ale, Marine, Gillie, Thierry, Julien
Dedicated to Nana and Olga (so it shall never be lost)

Audiovisual album

i. sabotage story (unknot opening)

~ even if you tie a hundred knots
it will remain one
hold it in between your hands
and see where it takes you
it’s not just a child’s game
but a weapon
for restoring harmony ~

ii. deep (prayer)

~ Deep echoes the five phases of the Wu Xing:
Wood (木 mù), Fire (火 huǒ), Earth (土 tǔ), Metal (金 jīn), and Water (水 shuǐ),
through an hyper-realistic yet abstract style. The red strings, leading us through 'String Figures', invite us here to focus on the essence of these elements. The figures demonstrate, and embody the experience of these phases. It is an introspective moment, a moment of contemplation ~

v. hardingfele (release)

~ time stops, focus grows before (self)realization ~

vi. inouï (and free)

~ lava emerges from the tree
everything is surreal
yet strongly familiar

we explore this planet
searching for inner openings

creatures are suspended
in an unknown space

the rhythm that mark our lives
shifts constantly
it is disturbing
yet powerful

we share this game
and we are free ~