Crossing and blurring musical boundaries is an art form for Piers Faccini. Treading the frontiers which delineate one country from another, he finds inspiration in the cultural ambiguity of borderlands. With this new album, we find him navigating contours of a different kind.
In ‘Between dogs and wolves’ he roams the hidden geography of the heart.
In French, there is an expression to describe the mythical moment when at dusk, light begins to fade and night slowly seeps in. It is called ‘entre chien et loup’, between dog and wolf. The term has specific scientific definitions, relating to the time at which the sun lies somewhere between six and eighteen degrees below the horizon, dusk though is a time for lovers and poetry. It is a time between dogs and wolves.
Neither of day nor of night, dusk belongs to a time that is undefinable, unnameable. The album transcribes this moment of transformation to a landscape of relationships, and to the stories we live, falling in and out of love. The songs depict the unknowable and undefinable spaces between love and desire, spirit and animal, between the wild and the tamed.
The ten songs unravel a ball of string which guides us through a maze of emotional shifting grounds.
“I was the skin for your thorns, the pale light for your bloom” the narrator sings in the opening track, ‘Black Rose’. And so the mood is set in this intense and uncompromising album. Having dreamt for years of producing an album of purely
intimate songs, Piers Faccini relished the artistic freedom of not being answerable to anyone for the first time since he began making records as a solo artist.