This winter Tiny Leaves released his third album Notes on Belonging. Today we premiere the evocative video for the immersive lead single ‘Cynefin‘. Inspired by and accompanied by naturalistic imagery, the song’s swelling pianos and violins are atmospheric and affecting skirting the lines between classical, jazz and folk.
Tiny Leaves is Joel Nathaniel Pike. Pike spoke about the inspiration of nature its surroundings and what the Welsh word ‘Cynefin’ signifies:
“The culmination of over a year of exploration into musical landscapes inspired by the Welsh term ‘cynefin’. The word which has no English equivalent, when translated means the environment in which you live, to which you are naturally acclimatised, and also in other translations, describes the sense of belonging, or even longing for home. The whole project from beginning to end is rooted in a rural corner of Shropshire to further harness this idea of belonging.”
“The music was written alongside rehearsals with featured artist / violinist and viola player Faith Brackenbury, whose vast experience in Jazz and folk violin has further expanded my writing to newer territories. The track ‘Cynefin’ has been performed recently during a UK tour with Julianna Barwick, and a dance video is currently being created by choreographer Rachel Burn. The tracks have brief descriptions (when selected separately) which reveal something of their journey and meaning but are also importantly open to the listeners own interpretation and exploration.”
His debut album “A Good Land, An Excellent Land,” was released to in June 2013.He has also performed at last summers Hay Fringe festival ‘How The Light Gets In’.
Tiny Leaves recently joined Julianna Barwick on her ‘Will’ 2016 European tour and will be support for her UK dates.
Saturday October 14th – St Alkmund’s Church, Shrewsbury
Tickets for the album launch can be purchased HERE
Thursday October 19th – Grain Barge, Bristol
Tickets can be bought HERE