For years J. Peter Schwalm
‘s compositions and productions have been impressive proof of the power of sound without words. More consistent than ever, on his new album How We Fall
, he creates sound sculptures that transcend common categories. Their structures can take on rough or gently curved forms, unfold associative or contemplative effects, and may even make the listener shiver. Schwalm’s feel for nuances, tension arcs and individual sounds is based on talent and many years of experience.
From 1998 J. Peter Schwalm worked continuously with Brian Eno
for six years, together they released the album Drawn From Life
, wrote the soundtrack to Nicolas Winding Refn
‘s feature film Fear X
, gave celebrated concerts in Europe and Japan. Since 2006 Schwalm has been a regular guest at the Punktfestival
in Kristiansand, Norway, where he distinguished himself and elsewhere as one of the few experienced live remixers, among others for members of the widely acclaimed Ensemble Modern. In spring 2016 Schwarm’s last album The Beauty Of Disaster
was released. Artistically, it revolved around a duality that shapes the visual arts and music as well as life itself: a certain melancholy that is always inherent in hope.
had already distinguished himself through profound compositions and generally stood for rather dark facets of orchestral electronic music. In autumn 2016, an existential experience of illness was added, leaving deep traces. Schwalm nevertheless set to work under this impression, partly weakened by the inevitably following treatment.
Over the course of the year, pieces were created that reflect feelings such as restlessness
, but artistically process these emotions into abstract sounds, with that high degree of willingness to style and design that characterised Schwalm’s earlier productions.
For J. Peter Schwalm, How We Fall is a kind of snapshot that was taken in a relatively short time compared to earlier works. All pieces are profoundly personal, and moreover figure as an intensive expression of a sound artist who no longer has to make any compromises. The music undoubtedly sounds dark, but never depressed, almost always gives a hint of light at least. With substantial and timeless quality, the album stands out from quickly consumable, trendy concepts. Instead of tickling key stimuli, How We Fall rewards repeated hearing with the revelation of ever new details.
J.Peter Schwalm : guitars, pianos, electronic devices, acoustic and digital sound modules, mixing desks, drums and synths, except where indicated
Eivind Aarset : additional guitars on 1,3, 4, 5, 8, 9
Tim Harries : additional bass on 1,4, 5, 6, 7, 9
All music written, composed, produced and performed by J. Peter Schwalm in 2017
All music published by Editions Outshine / Universal Music Publishing
Additional Guitar by Eivind Aarset, On 1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9
Additional Bass by Tim Harries, on 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9
Mastering by Mike Fossenkemper
Artwork by Sophie Clements
Cover image and Title from “How We Fall”, Sophie Clements 2017
Photography of J.Peter Schwalm by Anja Jahn
Design by Toby Cornish, JuTojo
Executive Producer for RareNoiseRecords: Giacomo Bruzzo
© + ℗ RareNoiseRecords 2018