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mili1 This collaboration between the iconic Camel's bassist/singer and premium composer Colin Bass and the keyboardist and eclectic composer Daniel Biro was a great idea, and here is the remarkable result : 11 intimist and moving compositions reminding peaceful tracks like "Spirit of the water" or "Harbour of tears". it's impossible to choose a favorite track from these songs forming a whole.. Splendid !!
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Still Life 1 04:03
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Summer 05:58
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Still Life 2 00:59
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Old Europe 05:59
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Faces 04:22
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Heaven 07:00
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Still Life 3 01:15
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Hands 05:58
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Still 06:16

about

"an album that's breathtaking in its understated magnificence." - Prog Magazine


As the title of this collaborative project between Colin Bass (vocals, bass, piano) and Daniel Biro (keyboards, synths) suggests, ‘Still’ is a collection of meditative, ambient songs that range from intimate personal stories to global human topics. While Bass leads on all vocals, instrumentally the dialogue is between his melodic bass playing and Biro’s layered Rhodes electric piano and analogue synth arrangements. Finnish acoustic guitarist Joonas Widenius was asked to contribute on two tracks.

In 1977, when he was 14 years old, Daniel Biro attended a week-long Summer music seminar in the Alps resort of Les Arcs. He met many weird and wonderful musicians but especially American composer and multi-instrumentalist Jim Cuomo (amongst other things a pioneer of early 8-bit computer games music) who was there to lead the jazz/ rock/pop workshops together with his group The Casual Band. The bass player was Colin Bass, who had just left the Steve Hillage Band and was about to become a permanent member of prog group Camel. A friendship developed with both Cuomo and Bass which went beyond that particular encounter and they have kept in touch ever since.

In 2014 Bass and Biro started discussing the idea of working together on an album of songs where each one would contribute an equal number of compositions. With Bass now living in Wales and Biro in London all the work was done remotely. But despite the distance they developed an immediate symbiotic understanding of what the project should be. The almost complete absence of drums gives the songs a floating sense of space and timelessness. From the pattern-based ‘Summer’ to the freeform ‘The Man Who Never Was’, and from the sparse minimalism of ‘Once Was a Time’ to the epic ‘Heaven’, ‘Still’ draws the listener in to a place of quiet emotions and nostalgic reflection. Recently, the song ‘Old Europe’, originally written as an ode to Europe, has taken on new and topical meanings.

‘Still’ is dedicated to the memory of Jim Cuomo who sadly passed away in 2018.

credits

released June 14, 2020

Vocals, bass, piano: Colin Bass
Keyboards: Daniel Biro
Special guest: Joonas Widenius (acoustic guitar on 'Old Europe' and 'Hands')
Produced by: Colin Bass Daniel Biro
Executive Producers: Mike Lichtman, Richard Schilder, Bert Rothkugel
Recorded at: BiroBureau, London and Wild End Studio, North Wales
Mixed by: Daniel Biro
Mastered by: Peter Beckmann at TechnologyWorks, London
Cover design and Illustrations: Lenya Bass (LBASS: www.lbass.de)
Portarit photography: Judith Burrows (www.flarefilms.co.uk)
All other photos: Colin Bass, Daniel Biro

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Colin Bass Wales, UK

Over a five-decade career Colin Bass has worked in a wide range of musical styles with a diverse range of international artists. Bassist and singer with prog-rock veterans Camel since 1979, he was also a key figure in World Music pioneers, 3 Mustaphas 3, and has toured and/or recorded with artists such as Oumou Sangare, Steve Hillage, Debashish Bhattacharya a.o. Discover his own works here! ... more

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