'Fall, Rise' documents an experience during a winter trip to the Alps in France.
Inspired by a snowstorm/whiteout I was alone and the weather was turning fast, the snowstorm completely took over and visibility was next to zero. Far from home, cold, tired and in fear of my surroundings, the reality of where I was really hit me.
"Stranded, an empty wilderness, surviving against the elements"
A path would lead me home ... A voice in the distance, to which direction it was coming from exactly I couldn't tell ... I began to trek knowing my ears would guide me ... Bringing me back home!!
"Richard Ginns made this record because he almost died. That’s a rather dramatic way to open an introduction to your album, or a review, but his inspiration for this release was being caught in a snowstorm and whiteout conditions whilst in the French Alps. One might very well make the assumption that the music within the record will be heavy, cloying, dark ambient constructions filled with fear and morbid introspection, but the opposite largely appears to be true, as Richard instead focuses on the details and the minutiae of his surroundings rather than the tenuous situation at hand." Hearfeel.co.uk
released 07 July 2014
Recorded during the winters of 2013 & 2014 in Manchester.
Thank you to my family & friends, Hélio (for listening), David Andree, Gavin Catling, Peter Nejedly, Wil Bolton, Phil Gardelis, Monty, Craig and finally Laura for their support, without whom, all of this wouldn't be possible.
Mastered by Wil Bolton
Photography by Peter Nejedly
Layout by Phil Gardelis
All music copyright Richard Ginns
This is TR047
"He plays guitar, and along that it comes with field recordings, crackling of software plug ins and such like. All of this generates some great music. In no way it seems to reflect wintery tunes, or a feeling of being trapped in a snowstorm. If anything it has the feeling of a mild spring breeze - but maybe I am confusing music here with today's feeling of great, early summer weather. This is all great music! It's nothing one didn't hear before perhaps, but nevertheless: great it is. Think 12K from a couple of years back, think Stephan Mathieu from a long time ago, think microsound. Ginns uses small melodies, field recordings, sustaining guitars and the music just meanders about. It doesn't go anywhere, head nor tail, just a random start and a random halt somewhere and then we move into the next delicate move Ginns has to make. If you were looking for an interesting new point of view in the world of microsound, then this is not the right place. If you happen to craving for some fine elegant, warm (!) microscopic look at music, housed in a professional digipack, then this is surely your next port of call." Frans De Waard, Vital Weekly #941