Keyboard is proud to premiere the new track "Waters Gather" from FLOW's upcoming self-titled debut, out October 6.
FLOW is an anagram of the four principals names:Grammy-winning guitarist and Windham Hill Records founder Will Ackerman, acoustic guitarist Lawrence Blatt, flugelhornist Jeff Oster, and Australian pianist/vocalist Fiona Joy.
The band's concept had its origins in 2015, when Blatt invited Joy and Oster to join him at Imaginary Road Studios in Vermont to create an album inspired by the iconic Windham Hill sound and ensembles.
"Working with FLOW was a whole new experience in terms of how I wrote the piano parts,” Joy says. With "Waters Gather," Jeff and I had an idea to recreate the sound and movement of water from droplets through to water gathering along a journey from a small mountain stream to a lake. We started with some simple staccato piano and built if from there. Lawrence started playing a great rhythmic part and so I pulled the piano into strict timing so we could add more percussive elements. Will came in with a circular guitar part that added tension, as if water were really building and traveling. The cello adds drama and the double bass gives extra depth to create a musical visual of waters gathering momentum. As much as I love the writing process, I couldn't wait to start recording it. In the studio, the song ended up in a slightly more classically direction than the initial writing session - the music dictates where it needs to go and we all listened closely. Tom Eaton mixed the track to have parts moving in and out to create the sense of movement. I'm really happy with the result, it was such a wonderful collaborative vision - we just went with the flow."
FLOW will perform concert dates in support of the album’s release this fall, including their release celebration at Carnegie Hall in New York City on October 6, 2017.
Listen to "Waters Gather" HERE