Written & Unsent
Release Date: 5 March 2016
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| Track List / Full Previews
|1. An Outline of Rain
2. This Delicate Entanglement
5. Steeped as if Silence were Water
6. Fly the Bird's Path
Written & Unsent is an exploration into the versatility of the piano; an attempt to play the instrument in a unique way. Roth’s heavy influence in rhythm and percussion is obvious in this
album, as it will, at times, embody the emotion of a percussive instrument more so than a melodic
W&U was recorded on the same upright piano that was played in his first release, Immersion.
You can still hear the same nuances that are so endearing from the first album, but there is a unique
quality in this album, which is in part because of recording techniques, but mostly because of Roth’s
playing style evolving over time. In W&U the playing swings between extremes of soft and delicate
melodies into a bass-drum-thumping rhythm which you will find yourself bobbing your head to.
“When I first discovered my love for the piano it was because I realized that I could play it like
a drum. I had been playing drum set for 15 years but grew tired of it. One day I started playing ‘drum
beats’ on a piano and a little light bulb went off in my head. The subtlety and melody that was lacking
was now here.” Says Roth of his playing style.
This album is unique for Roth in a few ways. In “Immersion” he favors a heavy reliance upon
violin and cello structure to tie the pieces together; the piano is often simple to leave room for the
strings, yet W&U is filled with powerfully driven solo piano which encapsulates the entire spectrum
of sound. It was only because of the desire to play live shows, and the difficulty in finding strings
players, that drove Roth to write more piano driven pieces.
“And I certainly have to thank my brother, Michael. He told me, after seeing me play solo
piano, that he actually preferred the solo piano songs… I don’t think I ever would have recorded this
album without his encouragement.”
Roth says that he is happy with how the album turned out, but he still sees it as more of an
experiment. “The next album, which I’ve been enjoying obsessing over for the past few months, will
definitely incorporate more strings and other instrumentation.”