We're inside and outside | 2016

by sarah nicolls

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    I have embedded a USB key with my album into the keys of my first Inside-Out Piano, made in 2008 from an old upright. They're rubber stamped and genuinely Limited Edition: only 85 keys in total, each individually numbered in the original carving. I'm selling these at the live shows, so get one while they last!
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Warm 05:54
Sun-on-Sea 04:10
Cold 02:07
Reason 04:29
Seedling 05:09
Sleep scene 05:29
In the bath 10:48


Sarah Nicolls' first album of her own music: lyrical piano songs created on her own, unique Inside-Out Pianos. This music is simple melody shrouded in strange sounds.

Leafcutter John, the album producer, says “This recording is much more than a dry exploration of the piano as a sound source. It moves in waves, each new tide surfacing new information about the sonic environment. Sarah’s deepening connection and mastery of her self-made ‘inside-out piano’ is audible as she strokes, hammers and bows it vividly into life.

A strong sense of purpose combined with the confidence to let a little chance into the recording results in music that is both beguiling and beautiful. There are such a finely judged and surprising combinations here, ‘Warm’ is built upon the spine of a dull emerging pulse, ending up in an exultant vocal phrase. Like most of the pieces on this record the music offers the listener more than one route through and there are plenty of jewel like details scattered in the grass.

Listening to this music is like the discovery of a fantastically populated rock pool on the bleakest rainy day.”


released February 12, 2016

Sarah Nicolls - composer & performer; recorded at home
Leafcutter John - producer


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sarah nicolls Stroud, UK

Sarah Nicolls is a pianist with her own unique piano, the Inside-Out Piano. She built it to make playing inside the piano easier and on this album she demonstrates some of the amazing sounds that can be created.
Sarah has a strong reputation as a pianist of contemporary music and has played all over the world. Catch her live show 'Moments of Weightlessness' until July 2016.
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