Sophie Hutchings: Wide Asleep

  • Sophie Hutchings: Wide Asleep
  • Sophie Hutchings: Wide Asleep
  • Sophie Hutchings: Wide Asleep

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LP/ CD / Digital
Photography by Jacob Ring
Design by Mark Gowing

The Preservation label presents Wide Asleep, the third album from Sydney’s Sophie Hutchings.

Sophie Hutchings is a pianist and composer from Sydney. She began teaching herself piano at an early age before any tuition, developing her unique style through countless hours of secret practice. Now with three instrumental works to date, Becalmed, Night Sky and White Light, Hutchings has received great notice internationally for elegant and beautiful music compared to the likes of Nils Frahm, Max Richter, Peter Broderick and Dustin O’Hallloran. UK music bible Mojo had Becalmed as one of its top five independent releases for 2010, calling the album ‘grand’, ‘stirring’ and ‘vigorous’. The Guardian wrote that 'her rippling piano has an 'intimate, contemplative quality'. Other media have described Sophie's music as 'frankly amazing', 'unabashedly sincere' and 'always with a genuine sense of beauty'. 

With Wide Asleep, Hutchings has taken her compositional scope into larger realms of sound and feeling. It is her most searching work, based on ideas surrounding consciousness between sleep and wakefulness. In her most dazzling and poignant pieces to date, Hutchings’ piano lines extend with both electricity and elegance, winding through strings, textured ambience and choral voices. Reaching further with her music than ever before, Hutchings is in great company with Wide Asleep, recording with Tim Whitten, best known for his nuanced and dynamic work with The Necks and counting cellist Peter Hollo (Four Play, Neil Gaiman) in the playing lineup.

With Wide Asleep, Sophie Hutchings has once again taken her place as an accomplished and wonderfully engaging composer to fall in deeply with.

The limited LP edition of Wide Asleep is housed with four beautiful photographic prints by Jacob Ring. 

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