Hotel Neon – CONTEXT
Two tone / 4 panel hand made letter-pressed Somerset cotton covers, glass mastered CD, set of ten prints by Nieves Mingueza pressed on luxury 250g gesso card, antique (1890-1940) photograph that has been hand distressed to hold a secret message
hold to the light and all will be revealed! A set of hand numbered vintage negative prints; one black & white photo and one film slide. All of the above rests inside stitched / sealed glassine bags with patchouli scent.
This album was written as a way to test how well a song’s intended meaning translates to a listener. We’ve received many comments on the personal impact our music had on many people…at a certain point, I began to grow curious of the translation that was taking place. Many opinions and interpretations were offered for the same songs – that’s fascinating to me.
A song can be written in the deepest depths of sorrow; and yet, a listener might interpret it to be celebratory, joyous, etc. I grew fascinated by the concept of “intended meaning” and “translation” in music, as well as the reasons behind a listener’s interpretation of a song.
What was causing such a variety of interpretation? The only thing that kept popping into my mind was the word “context.” Context is arguably the only thing that gives a song its meaning in the mind of a listener.
“Context” is an intentionally minimal experience and although the intensity of the tracks ebbs and flows, it is equally at home in the background and foreground. This is an album ready to be enjoyed and appreciated in any circumstance or setting, and we await the interpretations.