Release date: March 30, 2012
MillfoilAlbum | DL-MP3 BFLY-004
He walks through the woods. Finding the massive concrete cylinder, he grasps the rusted iron rungs and climbs to the top. He hauls his guitar case up after him, using a rope tied to the handle. Pausing to take in the view – the Georgia Blueridge Mountains receding in gentle waves all around him – he then removes the heavy steel cover from a small portal, and with the rope, carefully lowers his guitar into the darkness. Next, he descends, gripping the iron handholds. The darkness, the dank, the stale air closes in. He takes a single step on the gritty floor– a sound like waves of gravel erupts from every direction. An abandoned water reservoir– a strange, dark, clammy cave– a perfect reverberation chamber– a place of inspiration for Nigel Wright. He lets the sound die down, examines the silence, and then bringing forward his guitar, his voice– he swims through layers of enveloping sound deep beneath the light.
MILLFOIL, which Wright recorded at a home studio in 2010, showed the sixteen-year-old’s grasp of fresh, solid musical structures. His lyrics, delivered in a voice both resonant and pure, hover in abstraction with an uncanny power to evoke.In his first album, Nigel Wright's songs flow between dualisms – dynamic and static, sheltered and open, light and dark – while covering feelings linked to growing up and finding a place in the world. Nigel recorded Millfoil in his home studio, a secluded spot in the mountains of North Georgia. The limitations of his lo-fi equipment (an eight track recorder and a couple of microphones) increased the care with which each sound is chosen. This album can be seen as a time capsule of fragility and rawness for a voice that is now moved on to a new stage.