Detritus is the marvellous third album by Sarah Neufeld which is out on Paper Bag Records.
Detritus is also a stunning blend of contemporary and experimental instrumental album that leaves you drifting off.
About the album:
Detritus offers a patient, gorgeous evolution of Neufeld’s sound: a soft and open-hearted musical landscape, where instead of being filled with striving, the sound is abiding and reflective.
Neufeld, who trained in various dance modalities throughout her youth – brings her customary kineticism to these pastorals, like the song of shapes in motion.
Yet the movements are different than they have ever been: inward-turning and outward-facing, deliberate and generous, acknowledging the world with a love that will not flinch.
And to face realness.
To Neufeld as she reflects on album opener Stories, are “the stories we’ve told ourselves that we can no longer believe.”
It all originated with a collaboration: in 2015, Neufeld was invited to appear on stage with the legendary dancer/choreographer Peggy Baker.
Baker had prepared a solo piece based on work from Neufeld’s second album, The Ridge, to which Neufeld added an original lyrical prelude.
The live result was an incendiary duet, almost a sort of faceoff, which left each artist unsatiated.
They agreed to reunite for a more extended collaboration – a full-length show with Baker’s company, where Neufeld would write to (and perform music alongside) Baker’s choreography.
And the interaction of music and movement prevails in the ethos of her newest full recording, with only one track “The Top” written without bodies moving in front of Neufeld and it was significant.
“At the time I was writing The Top, I was stumbling into the eviscerating experience of dismantling my life; the regret and acceptance of which I’ve struggled with immensely.
In the heart of that period, I found myself in a place of extreme rawness, vulnerability and honesty. It was from that place that I composed the rest of this body of work.”