CAIRN -- a full length LP in collaboration with electronic producer Keith Sweaty -- a collection of beat driven tracks, analogue synths, acoustic piano and a wealth of vocals and lyrics by Trevor Oswalt a.k.a. East Forest.
The timing of Cairn coincided with a time of deep personal change for Oswalt as he left a long-term relationship of many years and found himself in unexpected emotional depths. You can hear in the lyrics of Cairn a highly personal and honest dive into the world of loss and individual choice. With the added rhymes by Scarub of Living Legends, trumpet by Brad Lee of The Album Leaf, the analogue synths of Lorna Dune, along with stings by the ‘Bizarre Star Strings’ trio (Band of Horses, My Morning Jacket, Joanna Newsom) as well as Thacher Schmid (Emancipator), Cairn transformed into a grooved out electro-acoustic experience that is as simultaneously booty shaking as it is genuinely introspective -- both a personal and societal call to arms exploring contradictory truths such as destiny, choice, and personal responsibility, all against the backdrop of a civilization undergoing fundamental transition and transformation.
released September 8, 2017
Music by East Forest & Keith Sweaty
Trevor Oswalt - vocals, piano, keyboards, percussion, string arrangement (track 2).
Keith Milgaten - synthesizers and beat programming, background vocals, bass guitar, nylon guitar, string arrangement (track 7) percussion.
Scarub - vocals (track 5)
Brad Lee - trumpet (track 5)
Mirabai Peart - violin (track 2, 6, 13)
Kyleen King - viola (track 2, 6, 13)
Anna Fritz - cello (track 2, 6, 13)
Thacher Schmid - viola, violin (track 1, 7, 9)
Lorna Krier - synthesizers (track 11, string arrangement (track 13)
Mixed by Keith “Sweaty” Milgaten with additional mixing by Trevor Oswalt and Steven Comeau
Artwork by Darius Twin
Mastered by Jared Hirshland at JLH Audio
Aquilo Records AR014
© 2017 East Forest (p) Long Lost Tricks Music (BMI) Keith Joseph Milgaten SESAC
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