GZH63 || February 2016 || LP/DL
LP || 180g heavyweight LP comes in a beautiful matte finished sleeve with black inner, poly-lined paper sleeve. Includes an instant download of the entire album.
CD || Released by our friends at Little Crackd Rabbit - available here.
DIGITAL || Visit our Bandcamp page to purchase digital items in Lossless/MP3 format.
Hope is the new album by Newcastle-based Brave Timbers, originally the solo-project of multi-instrumentalist Sarah Kemp. This is their second album following 2010’s For Every Day You Lost, which quickly sold out its limited pressing.
Sarah is joined on this album by Andrew Scrogham and together they recorded Hope in a Victorian concert hall in Salford, UK. Their music has also been featured on Second Language’s Minute Papillon and Music & Migration compilations alongside Peter Broderick, Vashti Bunyan, Hauschka and Dustin O’Halloran.
Hope is a reflective, pastoral album that carefully builds its ambient landscapes. These eleven instrumental compositions demonstrate the minimal clarity of Brave Timbers, the piano and violin circling one another, creating a sense of space and terrain. There’s also dreamy timelessness within the music’s flow and weave, from Swimming in the Isar’s gauzy atmospheres to the brittle warmth of The Well Worn Path. Hope has a purity and a simplicity which Brave Timbers bathe in a golden, spectral light.
"a hugely connective and deeply moving work"
Words and Guitars
"Well-intentioned idealism, reminiscent of Dustin O'Halloran's Emmy-winning 'Transparent' soundtrack" Uncut 8/10
"Only the coldest of hearts could not be thawed" 4/5
"Hope will anaesthetise pain and dispel any worries for a short while. Eno would be proud." Soundblab
“It conjures images of a life you’ll likely never live, but in its simple elegance, it can transport you to a space of inner beauty. Close your eyes, breathe deep, and enjoy.” Whisperin & Hollerin
“The imprint of Hope may only be gentle, but it lingers.” ATTN
“Organic sonic harmony” NARC
"On this second album, Brave Timbers hit the right chord again and turn this hectic world into a haven. The music feels like fresh air in a world, dominated by speed and power." Peek-a-Boo
Sarah Kemp – violin, piano, tenor guitar
Andrew Scrogham – piano, 6 string acoustic guitar
1. Sun Through Leaves
2. Swimming in the Isar
4. Seasons Past
6. A Break in the Clouds
7. The Well Worn Path
8. Hands in the Earth
9. After the Rain
10. First Light
11. In the Long Grass