1st July 2018 sees the release of Neil March‘s first solo EP since he played the BBC Introducing stage at Latitude 2017. Sounds Converge is, according to Neil, ‘… the true sequel to my Music To Plan Towns By EP’.
The EP sees Neil take his Environmental Art Music concept to new heights as a plethora of sounds recorded on his travels around South East London are used to create harmonies, textures and sonic auras that are juxtaposed against notated instrumental parts, sometimes threatening to engulf them altogether. It underlines Neil’s promise that the EP would fuse music and sound art in a manner that treats both disciplines as equal in importance.
But Sounds Converge also reflects a more harrowing backdrop. Neil explains: ‘I wanted to be able to tell two stories simultaneously. One has a socio-political aspect presented from an observationist perspective in which it is for the listener to decide what, if anything, it represents. However they should be armed with the knowledge that a series of insane events across the global political world have unquestionably influenced what I have composed. At the same time the first half of 2018 has been something of a roller coaster in my life. This has sparked a range of emotions and [confusing] mental states. I have tried to subtly reflect those fluid events in how I have organised the flow and structure of each of the five tracks’.
Neil will be playing tracks from this EP and his wider catalogue at the Ladywell Fields Festival (21st July) Ivy House, Nunhead (4th October) and Cafe of Good Hope, Lewisham (1st November).