The whole audio/visual experience of David Norland’s “Agate or Barium” creates a world that compels one into wistfulness. If a video could be climbed into — the notes of the piano trickling all the while — this would be a dreamscape of choice.
Known for his work composing music for television (“My Dinner with Hervé”, “Good Morning America”, “General Hospital”), neo-classical composer Norland has also made forays into electronic, drum ‘n’ bass, and reggae (including producing Grammy nominated work with Sly & Robbie). “Agate or Barium” comes from his latest release, Glam Tears Stain, and embraces the physical duality between the two titular elements. The song itself walks the line between piano and strings, melancholy and explorative, and resonates with a deceiving restraint.
The accompanying clip is just as roving as the song. Using footage from Dan Popa’s film “La Metropolitaine,” we watch as cityscapes flicker along by view of train. The film overlaps and blends in rhythmic speed that contrasts the delicate nature of the music. This is the feeling of travelling, of searching, of embracing the world around you.
Glam Tears Stain is a collection of thirteen piano and string based compositions, so if you are as entranced by “Agate or Barium” as we are, you won’t want to miss the record.