Entropy

by Jake Nicoll

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medians Nothing makes my day better than a new Jake Nicoll record. Stunning music. Jake's ambient/instrumental pieces have been some of my biggest inspiration. This is a must listen. -liam from medians Favorite track: Train From Montreal.
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about

After working on "Two Things' and 'Half of Nothing' I was feeling like I wanted to deconstruct a little bit and make something less precious and less intentional. Voila. My favorite track is 'Train From Montreal' which was mostly recorded on the train from Montreal, after a short stay in Kira Sheppard's sweltering summer apartment.

All along the process of making this album I was calling it an instrumental album, which it isn't really. It's more of a concept album, revolving around the idea of a gradual fall into disorder. Originally I was going to end it with a wall of white noise... you know, the final decay of the musical system into a homogeneous chaos. Great idea, not fun to listen to.

A big feature of the sound is a Dynachord tape delay I bought in Berlin this summer. The tape delay fit in sonically and conceptually as a machine that literally loops a sound into itself, allowing it to rapidly decay into an indistinguishable smear of noise. It created many of the textures that fill up the background of these songs.
(All the real physicists out there can someday explain to me how much I may have misinterpreted this technical term.)

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released May 10, 2017

The images are free-hand line drawings that my sister Amy Nicoll made of me while I camped out at her house in Toronto this year. The image in the background is a double exposure taken by my good friend Jam. I played around with photoshop.

Ilia Nicoll played violin on 'Disintegration' and Maria Peddle played violin on 'Entropy'
Kira Sheppard haunts the background of 'Train From Montreal'

The choral song in the first 'Memory' is my grandma and her sisters singing "When I Met Jesus," recorded sometime in the 40's.

A big thanks to Chris Brookes for the all the cool old gear and collaborations. Thanks to Brad Power for leaving his Farfisa at the studio long enough for me to make use of it. Thanks to Big Jelly Al for aiding me in my quest for a tape delay, which is absolutely everywhere on this album. And of course, thanks to all of the family.

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Jake Nicoll St John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Jake Nicoll is a musician currently living in windy old St. John's Newfoundland. Jake plays drums in a number of bands in town and writes songs on piano, guitar, synthesizer and anything else that's around.

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Track Name: Watch The World Warp You
We're all hypocrites, I know I'm one too
All that I can say is watch the word warp you
Can you really believe anyone
When you really know that we're just having fun?

Is it always just a chance encounter
When you finally do something that really matters?

But did you ever want the world to let you go?