Telescope

by Sea Island & Ferry

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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Comes in a slightly unusual packaging designed by Saki Ho/Research Studio. Includes 9 songs, with a 20-page booklet of notes and pictures enclosed. (Weight: 100g)
    For Hong Kong orders only: mailing charges will be collected by the service provider (SF Express) when item arrives.

    We encourage you to visit record stores that carry our music - see list below.

    包括九首作品。具特色的唱片包裝由 Saki Ho/Research Studio. 設計,內有20頁小冊子,簡介專輯內每首作品。訂購的朋友可在網上專輯推出當日(2020年5月19日)起下載專輯內的樂曲。(淨重:100g)
    香港朋友請留意:唱片會由「順豐速運」發送,郵費以「到付」的方式收取。「海島小輪」亦鼓勵大家前往參與寄售的本地唱片店購買。

    Hong Kong Island 香港島
    • Mount Zero Books 見山書店
    • Percival Records 波斯富唱片
    • Rock Gallery 搖擺廊
    • Stone Cold Records

    Kowloon 九龍
    • Analog Dept.
    • Infree Records
    • kubrick
    • openground
    • White Noise Records
    • Win Win Shop 威威店

    New Territories 新界
    • Living Bookspace 生活書社

    Macau
    • Pinto-Livros 边度有書

    Includes unlimited streaming of Telescope via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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    ships out within 7 days

      $120 HKD or more 

     

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Pressed on clear vinyl, resembling the lens of a telescope. Includes 8 songs, 49 minutes - see back cover photo for track listing). Comes with free download of the full CD edition - 9 songs, 51 minutes. (Weight: 260g)

    We also encourage you to visit record stores that carry our music - see list below.

    唱片以模擬天文望遠鏡片的透明膠印製,收錄8首作品,全長49分鐘,曲目詳見封底附圖。訂購的朋友可在網上專輯推出當日(2020年5月19日)起下載完全版的9首樂曲,全長51分鐘。 (淨重:260g)
    香港的朋友請留意:唱片會由「順豐速運」發送,郵費以「到付」的方式收取。「海島小輪」亦鼓勵大家前往參與寄售的本地唱片店購買。

    Hong Kong Island 香港島
    • Rock Gallery 搖擺廊
    • Stone Cold Records

    Kowloon 九龍
    • Analog Dept.
    • Infree Records
    • kubrick
    • openground
    • White Noise Records
    • Win Win Shop 威威店

    Macau
    • Pinto-Livros 边度有書

    Includes unlimited streaming of Telescope via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ... more
    ships out within 7 days

      $210 HKD or more 

     

  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

    包括無限次播放、以及MP3、WAV或其它制式高質下載。附PDF歌詞冊。

      $70 HKD  or more

     

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about

We had wanted to write about the things between human and nature in this album.

In our last album “Crossings”, we completed some of the songs before identifying the connections between them, and came up with an overarching theme. This new album took a different approach – we decided on a particular theme at the beginning of the creative process. We came to be aware that we as people know so little about nature, and had so many misconceptions about the universe in our long history of development. We made irreversible changes to the planet for our selfish gains. The timing of seasons has been altered, living creatures are forced to leave their original habitat and migrate elsewhere, never to return.

While the album was being produced, we experienced a chain of social upheavals in our city, which too have brought irreversible changes to the place where we live. Then as we started writing these words, massive bushfires erupted in Australia, and came the Coronavirus that has quickly become a global pandemic. Everything we heard was an alarm, but the reality so often changes before we can even respond.

This reality is similar to what we see in a telescope. While its lens does reflect reality, what we see is in fact reality from some time ago, as it takes time for light to travel through astronomical distances. Despite this drawback, we still hope for the truth and the way towards a better future to be shown in this world of absurdity. Hence we have decided to name the new album “Telescope” after many rounds of revisions. This title is like a qualifier of our limited tools, with which we would make a record of the imperfect present and show it to the next generation, as we brave the journey ahead.”

This album was recorded between September 2019 and February 2020, when our members cannot help but get emotionally affected by the many events in the city. Unlike when we made our previous album, the four musicians did not spend a lot of time recording together. Arnold (piano) and Tim (cello) together laid down the basic tracks for most songs, then KH (Xiao) and Lawrence (saxophone) added the wind instruments separately. We have more short pieces in this album than the previous one, and we are glad that every member wrote something, and was able to add their share of ideas and vision to this album.

起初,我們打算在這張專輯中寫一些人和自然界之間的事情。

創作上一張 《Crossings》 時,我們是首先完成若干作品,然後在當中找尋關連性,才得到專輯的主題、名稱。這次則有點不同,在創作的初期,就預先為創作定下了課題。我們體察到,人類對於自然界的認知實在很貧乏。在我們漫長的發展歷程中,對於宇宙有很長時期的誤解,又為了自身利益而對地球作出不能逆轉的改變。季節的秩序改變了,更有生物要從本來的棲息地遷離,不復往還。

在創作專輯的過程中,我們同時經歷了香港自2019年6月以來發生的一連串社會事件。這些衝擊,同樣令我們居住的地方經歷了不能逆轉的改變。當正在寫這文案的時候,先有澳洲的山林大火,然後有新型冠狀病毒的全球性肆虐。每個收到的消息都足以令我們焦急,但往往來得及反應的時候,現實又已經和我們認知的有所出入。

這和天文望遠鏡裡面看見的景象有點相似。望遠鏡反映的沒錯是真實,但由於光線需要時間才能穿越宇宙中的距離,所以它其實已經是一段時間之前的真實。但在這充斥著荒謬的世界裡,大家對於真實、對於更理想的未來,始終都有一份渴求。所以在多次更改之後,我們決定為專輯冠上 《Telescope》 這個名字。靠著手上所有限而未臻完美的工具,我們為後世把不完美的現狀作紀錄,並一同勇敢迎接前方的路。

錄音於2019年9月至2020年2月之間進行,各成員的情緒,在這段時間內或多或少都受到社會事件影響。跟上張專輯相比,這次四位樂手同時錄音的時間不多。大部分的樂曲,都是先由Arnold(鋼琴)和Tim(大提琴)同步錄音之後,才到負責管樂的KH(簫)和Lawrence(色士風)分別繼續。跟上次不同的是,這張專輯裡有較多的短篇作品,亦慶幸每位成員都有參與樂曲的創作,為專輯注入了自己的思維與視角。

credits

released May 19, 2020

Piano - Arnold Fang
Xiao - Kayne Ho
Saxophone - Lawrence Man
Cello - Tim Tong

Produced by Arnold Fang & Jeremy Cheng

Recorded by Jeremy Cheng
between 24 September 2019 and 26 February 2020
at Avon Recording Studios & Whatever Music, Hong Kong

Mixed by Jeremy Cheng
at Whatever Music, Hong Kong

Mastered by Zino Mikorey
2 April 2020 in Berlin, Germany

Photography by Seetudio

Art Direction & Design by Saki Ho/Research Studio.

Notes Translated by Juliana Wong

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Sea Island & Ferry

Sea Island & Ferry was formed in 2016 as a neo-chamber ensemble. The group has released two original albums titled "Crossings" (2018) and "Telescope" (2020) to date. The group has played extensively in Hong Kong, and has also performed in Macau, Taiwan and Okinawa, Japan.

「海島小輪」為於2016年組成的香港新派室樂組合,曾先後推出《Crossings》(2018) 及《Telescope》(2020) 兩張原創純音樂專輯。「海島小輪」曾經於香港參與或舉辦不同類型演出,並前往澳門、台灣及日本沖繩等地方巡演。
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