THE SOUND OF ONE
Featured on BBC Radio 3 Late Junction, RTE Lyric fm, Classic fm and Chill fm the critically acclaimed album The Sound of One embodies Garbi’s experiences of extreme emotional and geographical environments.
“On the occasions when I have found myself well and truly out of my comfort zone there are moments when something quite profound happens. I become immersed in a raw quality that is difficult to describe but what I can say is that it transports you somewhere else. It’s not so much an altered state – it’s more like falling between the cracks of what is being experienced. The fragility and preciousness of life becomes magnified and for an instant, no matter how extreme the situation – you feel ok.
I have experienced these flashes crossing a volcanic desert in Iceland with winds so strong it lifted a car clean off the road and also crawling on my hands and knees, stricken with altitude sickness at 15,000ft in the Himalayas, to see the sunrise on the peak of a holy mountain. For me there is no difference between these more exotic situations to that moment of calm one finds in a sea of grief brought on by loss of some description. They are all unchartered waters that we often haven’t faced before and somehow we survive. If we find, if only for an instant, that raft of ‘otherness’ we can adapt to pretty much any situation. The Sound of One is my way of trying to capture those fragments.”
Andy Garbi: voice / composition / production
James Hesford: cello / violin / viola
“An extraordinary album” Classic FM magazine
“Inspirational…Garbi’s extraordinary, multi-octave vocal range dazzles” Metro
“Melodies turn into natural phenomena, into a foggy morning or a swelling ocean. Yet they are all pervaded by a glowing grace, a sublime beauty and dignity” Zillo Magazine
“This is a remarkable album…It moves with much deeply felt sensitivity and beauty: with echoes of Samuel Barber’s famous Adagio and Debussy‘s Des Pas sur la Neige plus Brian Eno’s old school ambient” Newmusicreviews.co.uk
“vocals float over one another to conjure glacial imagery – Garbi creates an eerie collection of sounds – the kind of music that could aptly soundtrack a David Lynch or Darren Aronofsky film.” Muso Magazine
“Superb music” Musician Magazine “Beautiful” Hans Joachim Roedelius