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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.
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.
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.
The original is part of Plural, and has been performed at every show I’ve played since launching the EP in 2015.


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 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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