Nigel Wright

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Nigel Wright – “Millfoil” (Album) VÖ 30.03.2012 – (Butterfly Collectors / Finetunes)

About Nigel Wright

Nigel Wright, at ten years of age, returned to his birthplace– moving from the murky rivers and steamy marshland of the Georgia low county, to a cool, misty mountaintop in the Blueridge. The wavey milfoil aquatic plants in his mountain lake struck him as an inversion of the treetops filled with Spanish moss from the coast. Not crediting his observation – milfoil and moss, swaying in currents of water and air, both remote, both beautiful – Nigel felt there was nothing special in gathering the raw material of poetry. After all, having been born into a surround of professional artists, writers, and musicians, Nigel knew an aptitude for the arts alone could not give him a personal outline. Passing over his talent for painting, recoiling from the snap, snap, snap from the fingers of his piano teacher, Nigel still had to admit that he must create something, just so long as it was unique. When he finally, almost reluctantly, picked up his father’s guitar, it was with determination to avoid obvious progressions, standard tunings, and plain chords. If that ambition was too strenuous to start with, his first compositions did show the sixteen-year-old’s exploratory grasp of fresh, solid musical structures. The resulting album, MILLFOIL, Wright recorded at a home studio in 2010. His lyrics, delivered in a voice both resonant and pure, hover in abstraction with an uncanny power to evoke. Finding the distinct and honest in his own voice, Nigel makes his link. Butterfly Collectors discovered Nigel Wright’s work completely by surprise. The Berlin/Haldern label partnered with him for a remastered version of MILLFOIL, release planned for Feb./March 2012. The stylistic influences of the singer songwriter are evident in his single “Anna,” but Nigel’s work embodies a larger musical arc. “Clear Eyed Plans,” on the flip side, is his studied leap into bold contrasts and layered voicings.

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About Nigel Wright’s debut release “Millfoil”

He walks through the woods. Finding the massive concrete cylinder, he grasps the rusted iron rungs and climbs to the top. He hauls his guitar case up after him, using a rope tied to the handle. Pausing to take in the view – the Georgia Blueridge Mountains receding in gentle waves all around him – he then removes the heavy steel cover from a small portal, and with the rope, carefully lowers his guitar into the darkness. Next, he descends, gripping the iron handholds. The darkness, the dank, the stale air closes in. He takes a single step on the gritty floor– a sound like waves of gravel erupts from every direction. An abandoned water reservoir– a strange, dark, clammy cave– a perfect reverberation chamber– a place of inspiration for Nigel Wright. He lets the sound die down, examines the silence, and then bringing forward his guitar, his voice– he swims through layers of enveloping sound deep beneath the light.

MILLFOIL, which Wright recorded at a home studio in 2010, showed the sixteen-year-old’s grasp of fresh, solid musical structures. His lyrics, delivered in a voice both resonant and pure, hover in abstraction with an uncanny power to evoke.In his first album, Nigel Wright’s songs flow between dualisms – dynamic and static, sheltered and open, light and dark – while covering feelings linked to growing up and finding a place in the world.

Nigel recorded Millfoil in his home studio, a secluded spot in the mountains of North Georgia. The limitations of his lo-fi equipment (an eight track recorder and a couple of microphones) increased the care with which each sound is chosen. This album can be seen as a time capsule of fragility and rawness for a voice that is now moved on to a new stage.

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About Nigel Wright’s single “ANNA / CLEAR EYED PLANS” (from the forthcoming album “Ebbing Lurid Squander” (late 2012):

ANNA

Writing songs to Nigel involves being alert to provocative phrases and concepts in ordinary places and arranging them in such a way that it implies a narrative. When asked about “Anna”, his first single, Nigel had this to say, “It only exists because I have lived so long in the mountains and read too many long Russian novels. Toss in a cat and you have song.”

CLEAR EYED PLANS

Taking advantage of higher fidelity recording tools, Nigel Wright explores greater density and punch with “Clear Eyed Plans,” a song that, when placed next to “Anna,” hints at the musical spectrum Nigel intends to present with his follow up to MILLFOIL.

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