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I recorded the piano part for Heartbeat whilst on a Solo Collective tour with Anne and Alex in Germany in mid February 2020. The atmospheric sound is the processed sound of my son Noah's heartbeat in my partner's womb, recorded by the midwife during a check up sometime in February. I produced the track as a tribute to Noah, and my excitement about his forthcoming birth. Sadly he didn't survive the pregnancy and was stillborn at Swindon hospital on 24th July 2020. His due date was 6th September, so I am launching this track today as tribute to Noah, and a thank you to all of our friends, family and loved ones who have been so kind and supportive through this period of bereavement. Heartbeat is being released alongside another recently composed track, entitled My Mother Was The Wind via PinDrop Records on Friday 18th September 2020.
As we've found since Noah's birth it's surprising how common miscarriage and stillbirth seem to be, and how hard it is to prepare expectant parents for it as a very real and possible outcome of pregnancy. This is shared with love and solidarity for the parents and families that have been through this in the past, are going through it now and will go through it in the future. And again a thank you to all our friends, family, loved ones and all of the medical staff and support services who have been so kind and supportive during this time.
released September 6, 2020
Piano performed by Sebastian Reynolds in Anne's flat in Berlin in February 2020. Produced by Sebastian Reynolds at home, mastered by Andreas [LUPO] Lubich … Loop-O. Cover art from an image by Sebastian Reynolds, design by Simon Minter for Nineteenpoint.