Keyboardist and Brian Eno collaborator Peter Chilvers has teamed up with American guitarist Jon Durant on their latest collaboration, Always Golden Sands.
The three-track EP is a harmonious melding of chamber jazz improvisation and ambient electronic music, and was inspired in part by the work of acclaimed jazz label ECM Records, which houses such artists as Larry Grenadier, Mark Turner, Ethan Iverson and Joe Lovano.
The record opens with twinkling, reverb-laden piano refrains on “Always Autumn,” before adding a touch of mystique with the warbling synths of “Shifting Sands.” The album closes out on a soothing note with the atmospheric guitar and keyboard duet “Golden.”
“As a teenager, I fell in love with the great ECM recordings of the ’70s and ’80s. Working with Jon has felt like travelling back to that period and finding an undiscovered star,” said Chilvers in a statement. “It’s been a joyful and effortless recording, a live album somehow recorded despite lockdowns on opposite sides of the Atlantic. I wish I could beam it back to my teenage self.”
Per Durant’s Bandcamp page, the artists collaborated remotely on the EP over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. For each track, Chilvers, who works out of the UK, would send keyboard improvisations to US-based Durant, who would embellish and rework them.
The EP is a prelude to a further album due out in January 2021 called Vista, which will contain the additional tracks “Age of Steam,” “Embers” and “Sunset.”
Stream Always Golden Sands below: