• Contours – Bike Shed
    • Contours – Elevation 1
    • Contours – Elevation 2
    • Contours – Elevation 3
    • Contours – Balafon C
    • Contours – Pots
    • Contours – Arp Phase
    • 1. Bike Shed
    • 2. Elevation 1
    • 3. Elevation 2
    • 4. Elevation 3
    • 5. Balafon C
    • 6. Pots
    • 7. Arp Phase

    Music From Memory is delighted to present ‘Elevations’, a new album from Manchester based artist Tom Burford, aka Contours.

    Drawing heavily on his background as a drummer and percussionist, ‘Elevations’ began as an exploration of the Balafon, a Malian tuned percussion instrument, before organically growing into its final form; a delicate suite of compositions centred around rhythmical interactions of percussion, synthesizer and strings.

    Recorded during the pandemic and the period following, the album reflects a desire to lose oneself in the expanse of nature - the title ‘Elevations’ being a direct nod to the mountainous area of Cumbria where Tom grew up. The album also represents the joy of creating with friends; it features performances from several of his musical contemporaries, many of which were recorded at his home in Manchester. Slowly taking shape, the final result is a record that seamlessly blends electronic and acoustic, operating at the intersection of Minimalism, Jazz, Fourth World and Contemporary Classical music.

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