I have a new album out on the wonderful Home Normal label. Massive thanks to Ian for putting this CD out for me, and here are some lovely words from him about the release:
Wil has been a dear friend and collaborator now for many years, quite a bit before Home Normal even came into existence. We’ve watched in wonder at Wil’s development from his electronic work as Cheju, to running his wonderful Boltfish label, and in more recent years, his super releases on the ever quality Hibernate and Time Released Sound labels. His installation work has seen him work around the UK, as well as maintaining a strong connection to South Korea, and this summer he will even be here in Japan.
‘Bokeh’ is one of those lovely records that doesn’t really hit you straight away to be honest. That, though, is the beauty of Wil’s works. From very subtle beginnings you are left to uncover wonderful variances, discovering new elements coming to the fore with each listen.
The Japanese ボケ味 (‘boke-aji’) relates to a ‘blur quality’, and has in time come to be known as a photographic technique by which ‘out-of-focus’ points of light are processed by certain lenses. You can get ‘good’ or ‘bad’ bokeh which often refers to the level of distraction in the image, with the good of course, enhancing the image somehow in its own mysterious way.
Indeed, bokeh is regarded as an ‘optical abberation’. To steal a final quote: ‘Aberrations occur because the simple paraxial theory is not a completely accurate model of the effect of an optical system on light, rather than due to flaws in the optical elements.’ Isn’t that a wonderful way of looking at things in life itself? As a sort of bokeh perspective. There are no completely accurate models for how we view things, and ‘Bokeh’ perfectly demonstrates in its own quiet way just how individual and unique our optics are.
Finally, and to nicely coincide with the idea of ‘optics’, Wil also created a superb video for the title track of the album. The setting for the film is an urban environment; a blurred (ok…’bokeh’) vision as the watcher seems present but also quietly disconnected from the noise and rush around them. In this simple way the album is perfectly encapsulated, showing the quietude of spirit even in the most urban of environments.
Released by Home Normal on CD, in an edition of 500, 15 August 2014. Packaged in single recycled card insert placed inside 7″ locally cultivated washi cover, including unique vintage slide and photograph.
Written and produced by Wil Bolton
Mastered by Ian Hawgood
Photography by Hitoshi Ishihara (attic photograph)
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