TEMPO the quarterly review of new music has just published an article on Colin Riley’s last album In Place, his collaborative exploration of place in the UK. Ed McKeon provides an in-depth discussion about the concept album as a curatorial medium.
With the release of In Place Colin also created 3 radio podcasts for Resonance FM exploring themes from the album. The podcasts feature additional musical material as well as interviews with some of his writer-collaborators: Paul Farley, Robert Macfarlane, Jackie Morris, Daljit Nagra, Selina Nwulu and Nick Papadimitriou.
Colin’s recent song The Year’s Midnight is featured on the new compilation from Nonclassical label I hope this finds you well in these strange times – Vol. 4
This is a setting of part of John Donne’s poem ‘A Nocturnal Upon St Lucies Day’, a contemplation of isolation and a reflection on the shortest day of the year. It is sung by Melanie Pappenheim and Jeremy Avis with a sprinkling of piano and electronics from the composer.
Listen to The Year’s Midnight here.
Colin also created a video to the song.