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In advance of its release this Friday, July 22, Second Inversion is pleased to present to your ears for the very first time, Kirk Starkey’s Songs of Sudbury, an autobiographical musical landscape with gorgeously intertwining melodies, pizzicato thumping beats, driving lines, and ambient sonorities. It has enough underlying art-rock flavor to please fans of Radiohead or Muse and enough soaring, sweeping cello beauty to please the traditional classical heads, and the originality to make you question what kind genre, if any, it falls into.
“My father worked in Sudbury in the mines, and I was born and lived there until the age of four. We never returned leaving behind an unattended family trauma. It was the my first time returning since childhood when I performed at the Northern Lights Festival in 2012. At this point my transition from classical performer to sound artist was already well underway.
This album connects the present with the past utilizing my cello as chosen tool of expression. In my record you will find the tracing of fragments that barely exist, and the search for meaning when it’s not clear there is any to be found. It is a personal memoir of my early childhood, a reflection on the loss of my brother, and the reclaiming of a lost chapter.” – Kirk Starkey
Songs of Sudbury was recorded at Catherine North Studios in Hamilton, Canada, following suit with Kirk’s specialization in recording in beautiful spaces. He’s also a frequent television score collaborator, and can be heard on X Company, Flashpoint, and Hannibal.