This is the story behind Greg’s solo piano album composed in Edinburgh, Scotland in 21/22.
The title of the album speaks for itself. Sonder is a neologism, a newly coined word referring to the realisation that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own. Sonder is also the name of the first track, and the essence can be traced throughout the entire album. Each track name hints at another piece of the journey; some of them philosophical concepts and others, very personal experiences which we can only make guesses about. Meaningful, sentimental and profound, the music in the album is capable of triggering a moment or memory. It is subtle enough to be background music to your daily routine, yet bursting with emotion to augment the meaning of the moment, and genuinely sincere to feel connected. Sonder is Greg’s realm where you find yourself reflecting on emotions through ambient piano tones.
Driven by his influences, inspirations and his personal experience with the creativity of others, with this album, Greg tries to convince us that we can feel connected wherever we are. In essence, we all suffer; the pain we feel is the same and so are our hopes. Sonder is like a whisper telling us that there is light at the end of the tunnel as we fumble forward in the darkness during these strange times.
Tracks: 1. Sonder, 2. Rhizome, 3. Petitio principii, 4. Whin, 5. Yillen, 6. Lucy, 7. Spindrift, 8. Silent Sirens, 9. Stravaig, 10. Campbell Road, 11. Earasaid, 12. 3AM, 13. Goodbye Scotland
Released: 9 September 2022
Photography: Paul Stewart