Pollen (Killawarra)

by Timothy Fairless

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“Pollen” is a bit like a painting of a landscape. It’s a memory of a moment of a place. For me it depicts a place (Killawarra) where my grandfather produced honey in his later years, with Killawarra Honey on the label. His bees made their honey in hives on his property, not more than a kilometre from one another. And his honey was authentic - imperfections intact. He declined offers to supply large multinational corporations, instead seeing value in presenting the unique, precious, and distinct flavours the local flora imbued. His principles are things I aspire to maintain in my music.
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The original version honours the location by including samples from the Estey pump organ I used to play in his honey house when I was a teenager. I wrote plenty of music on the thing, in a large stone room that reeked of beeswax, sometimes with the mechanical whirring of the centrifuge as a sonic backdrop. Eventually gifted to me, the organ met a watery grave, being swallowed by Brisbane’s 2011 floods.
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This new mix of “Pollen”, named after the place Killawarra, strips away all the studio trickery. There is nothing here but grand piano and violin. Authentic, simple - imperfections intact.
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The original is part of Plural, and has been performed at every show I’ve played since launching the EP in 2015.

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released October 18, 2019
Composed & produced by Timothy Fairless

Violin: Greg Olley
Grand Piano: Timothy Fairless

Grand Piano recorded by James Russell @ Heliport Studios
Violin recorded by Timothy Fairless @ Ugly World

Artwork by Mark du Potiers

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Timothy Fairless Brisbane, Australia

Timothy Fairless is an Australian composer & multi-instrumentalist who processes acoustic, electronic and environmental sources to near oblivion, but combines them with enough familiar musicality to keep things friendly.

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