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What kind of society would we build if we were given a blank page? It is the question to which Mirek Coutigny offers a dazzling musical answer with the album ‘Through Empty Landscapes And New Beginnings’.
Inspired by Emily St John Mandel’s book ‘Station Eleven’ and the world around us during the lockdown in 2020, Mirek Coutigny started writing new music. Our current society is characterised by fragmentation and polarisation, the apocalypse is just around the corner and fear rules the world. Coutigny responds musically against that dystopia with a story of connection and resilience in which he contrasts hope as a positive force against fear.
He sought that connection himself with his band members, with whom he spent months together in the studio, even more than on his previous records, honing both songs and sound. Jolien Deley, Jonathan Bonny and Klaas Tomme are musicians who have been part of Mirek Coutigny’s live band for more than 10 years, so they intuitively sensed the bigger story Mirek was looking for.
‘Through Empty Landscapes and New Beginnings’ thus became a true group record that literally screams to connect with the listener through a grander and more electronic sound with room for drums, guitars and even voice.
Coutigny breaks out of himself, shifting the focus from his world, the piano, to the group, bringing a record that goes beyond his previous work. Bolstered by his group, Coutigny comes off more confident than ever.
“Through Empty Landscapes and New Beginnings is a massive step forward for Mirek Coutigny. ... What kind of society would we build if we were given a blank page?” In a way, the pandemic was that blank page. Coutigny used that time to reinvent himself, imagining a reinvention of the world. If so far the world has failed to respond in the collaborative manner envisioned by the composer, at least he has led by example." A Closer Listen
released February 10, 2023
All tracks written by Mirek Coutigny, except for 6, 10, 11: written by Mirek Coutigny and Ella Vermeir.
All tracks co-written by Jolien Deley and Jonathan Bonny.
All tracks produced by Mirek Coutigny and Klaas Tomme.
Pianos recorded by Fabien Leseure and Mirek Coutigny at various locations.
String quartet recorded by Fabien Leseure at Dada Studios.
Drums, vocals and additional pianos recorded by Dirk Miers at De Studio.
Cello and Vibraphone recorded by Mirek Coutigny at GAM Studios and Room 13 Studios.
Guitar, bass and synths recorded by Klaas Tomme at In The Clouds Studio.
Samples from my 2016 graduation concert recorded by Michaël Penson.
Mixed by Mirek Coutigny at Atlas Studios.
Mixed for Dolby Atmos by Mirek Coutigny at MotorMusic Studios.
Mastered by Frederik Dejongh at Jerboa Mastering.
Picture & Artwork by Jeroen De Wandel.