London-based French pianist and composer Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch releases her debut album Like Water Through Sand next Friday, 13th November, via 130701 - Fatcat Records' post-classical imprint. The album's title, itself inspired by 1984 novel L'amant (The Lover) by Marguerite Duras, reveals the influence that this writing had on Levienaise-Farrouch's music.
"It started to make me think about how we (and myself especially) construct our episodic memories," she states, "how they evolve, how set and true they are, and how our perception and judgement of a situation changes with time."
The video for lead single 'Tulsi' combines footage of the microcosmic, the macrocosmic, as well as everyday and historical events in frenetic flashes, suiting the organic insectoid frenzy of the song - the luscious bristling pizzicato, scathing harpsichord - its rising-soaring strings, its vital thumping muffled heartbeat.
"There are themes and motives that run through the album," she continues, "which are like little souvenirs, that continuously shift, change and evolve, sometimes nostalgic, sometimes euphoric." Indeed, even in this one song, experience gives way to soft forgetfulness before reminiscence fades into view again - the thickets of pizzicato sounds jostling together, fading to yearning strings, and back to those somewhat distraught thickets, tell us in just under four minutes all about chaos and clarity, dreadful unpicking and peaceful, if mournful, ordering of thoughts.
Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch will be performing live - alongside Haiku Salut and Caden Voices - at the Union Chapel on 14th November in support of the relase of Like Water Through Sand. Grab tickets here.