Deer Heart, was Tilman's debut for Hobbledehoy Record Co and integrates ethereal multi-instrumental resonance, dynamic percussion and fastidious production in telling a story that spans three continents. Written, recorded and meticulously pieced together at various locations in Berlin, Melbourne, the Canadian Rockies and Reykjavík's Greenhouse Studios, the album follows Tilman’s debut recording link: http://www.tilmanrobinson.com/projects/Network-of-Lines text:Network of Lines popup: yes) which was nominated for multiple Australian art-music awards.
Deer Heart is an electro-acoustic pastiche drawing on a wide range of musical influences and is intent on testing the psychological impacts of dense sound. Mixed by Valgeir Sigurðsson, Deer Heart finds Tilman elevating his sound into an unlikely mix of optimism and nihilism via dark sonic crevices. It is an album of depth and complexity; a record equally at home on the shelves of the most avid post-rock fan as it would in the ranks of any modern-composer collection.
Praise for Deer Heart:
“...a colossal cinematic marvel...” Headphone Commute on Deer Heart
“addictive” – Sunday Times, London on Deer Heart
“There’s nothing else quite like Deer Heart.” A Closer Listen on Deer Heart
“Truly a formidable piece of work...” Owen McKern PBSFM popup: yes) on Deer Heart
Composed and produced by Tilman Robinson
Violin: Una Sveinbjarnardóttir
Viola: Þórunn Ósk Marinósdóttir
Cello: Júlía Mogensen
Bass: Borgar Magnason
Clarinet/Bass Clarinet: Jóel Pálsson
Percussion: Frank Aarnink
Ondes Martenot on 'Orison': Jacob Abela
All other instruments, field recordings and body sounds: Tilman Robinson
Additional production by Paul Evans
Recorded by Paul Evans at Greenhouse Studios, Reykjavík, in November 2015
Additional recording by Tilman Robinson in Melbourne, Berlin, Reykjavík and Banff, 2013-16.
Piano on "Her Heart Was Warm (until it stopped beating)" recorded by Zach Miley at the Banff Centre
Assistants at Greenhouse Studios: Sam Slater and Jan Leitner
Mixed by Valgeir Sigurðsson & Paul Evans at Greenhouse Studios, Reykjavík
Mastered by Lawrence English at 158, Brisbane
Photography by WILK