Phase In

Release Notes

Label: 1631 Recordings
Release: Phase In
Date: May 29th, 2020
Mastered By: Zino Mikorey

A couple of months ago I had the pleasure of hosting a delicate, slightly melancholy, and a splendidly pure solo piano piece from a Dutch composer Mink Steekelenburg, who released a single, titled Clearing on Waterway Records as Winterdagen. It seems that he is back with another four-track EP, this time for 1631 Recordings, featuring additional collaborators, including Maarten Vos on the modular synth to add further textures to his sound. The title track, “Phase In” is a serene meditation on sound and space, capturing the quiet noises of the piano, allowing the melody to bathe in the warm tones of the analogue machine. Side note: if you’ve seen some of my personal updates on Instagram and FB, you know that I have recently plunged into the world of modular myself. A perfect time to learn it, right? The point I want to make is that this is precisely the type of sound that I am striving for in my explorations, which is why I’m happy to premiere yet another piece from Winterdagen. I hope you feel the same!

This track was born out of experimentation with a bunch of old synths and effects. Normally my way to compose is to write a piece, and subsequently to work on the arrangement with different instruments and textures. It was so much fun to work the other way around on this track, to start without any composed parts and to just let newly found sounds lead to a composition.

–Mink Steekelenburg