Burnt Belief - a collaborative album
Burnt Belief, a collaborative post-rock album with the concept drawn by Colin Edwin and Jon Durant, was dropped on December 21st, in line with the "end of the world" apocalypse day. With a name like that, I was somewhat expecting some hard-hitting punk music with deep philosophical lyrics. Instead I ended up being brought to a world of lyric-less psychedelic trance instrumental.
As I listened more and more, I was revealed many different intricate layers in these 8 minute long tracks. Perfect ambient music, but also great for those who like to sit and ponder about life. The mood was darkly whimsical and somewhat tribal/Middle Eastern with the inclusion of various ethnic percussion instruments and beats. I guess the one thought that kept recurring to me was that these tracks are a very "I'm going camping/let's get blazed/I'm on shrooms and hallucinating/woah there's a fortune teller in front of me" vibe. I must admit though, aside from the fact that it is relaxation music, at least for me, the sudden pangs and ear piercing whistles just weren't cutting it for me.
Burnt Belief was created in a one of a kind process, trans-atlantically, most specifically the UK and the States. The audio files were sent over to the other constantly, each time with a tweak of musical genius, until it reached what they thought was perfection. Jon Durant and Colin Edward both mentioned that the huge barrier separating them from each other physically was no challenge in the creative process. Durant stated that: “One of us would send the file over, and then the other one would stay up all night, playing crazily, and then send it back the next day. We’d set each other up with really surprising elements just to see what would happen... The whole process was really exciting, like a new adventure every day.”
Jon Durant: Guitarist, composer and producer. His use of ethnic sounds is evident throughout all his works. He attended Berklee College of Music and worked with Emmy Award-winning composer Randy Roos, who mastered the album. He also started Alchemy Records in 1996.
Colin Edwin: Bassist and composer. He is a founding musician of the band Porcupine Tree, rated 4th, in Music Radar's greatest 30 live bands in the world. He's headlined around the world and his studio albums have been nominated for Grammy Awards.