This album is the result of a residency at Timespan, in the village of Helmsdale in the North of Scotland. During my time in Helmsdale I tried to record a sample of every musical instrument in the village – I knew that succeeding in this quixotic mission would be close to impossible, but what I did not anticipate was how many doors this idea would open, both literally and figuratively. Musical instruments, I learned, are a wonderful gateway into identity, memory, and place. Every sound on this album comes from an instrument in Helmsdale, and contained in that sound is everyone who has ever heard it.
To learn more about the project and the sounds used on the album, please visit yannseznec.com/helmsdale