We're really happy to be presenting to you The Appearance of Colour, the new album from composer and producer, John Metcalfe. A violinist in his own right, the music he creates reflects his classical background, sweeping with symphonic strings, touches of piano and tone poem dynamism; this sensitivity to sound also helps with the electronic side of things, too, as brittle, glitch-leaning beats display seemingly random intricacy laced with rhythm.

You can stream it in-full at the bottom of this post.

Self-tagged as "post classical" and "electronic", it's genuinely beautiful, striking a perfect balance between classical music, ambient, and IDM, amongst other things, showing that delicacy and a subtle touch doesn't and needn't always equate to a lack of energy or kineticism: the album runs wild with it.

The album is out 8th June on Real World Records.

Metcalfe has also provided some notes for each of the tracks on The Appearance of Colour, revealing that much of the inspiration for the album was pastoral, focusing on the rhythms of nature and his own emotional reactions to them.

Track Notes:
I was on a beach as the sun went down. At that point lots of people got up and rushed into the sea as if to chase after the sun and grab every last second of its life-giving energies. I imagined what it would be like to be on that beach for 24 hours following the sun’s journey, seen and unseen.

To a degree this was informed by the changing perspectives of the view out of a train window and the glitching of passing objects partially obscured.

I like the ambiguity of these lyrics as they leave the song more open to interpretation.

The imagined movement of a kite’s cloth against its frame in slow motion.

Watching light flicker through the leaves of a beech tree in Spring.

A beach in North Wales where I flew a kite with my family in late Summer.

Written last Autumn on a windy day watching the flight of sycamore seeds from tree to ground. Also to do with trains travelling at a seemingly brutal speed.

Written in the French town of the same name stuck in a hotel room watching it snow outside.

I associate colours with notes and keys in the western scale system. So for example D major is a rich green, A minor is pale yellow, C major is bright red. I have strong reactions to colour and the first two sections of the piece are an attempt to express something of those reactions as more and more notes (and therefore colour) build up, collide and merge over a period of time. The third section is an album coda.