The sound of “Lughnasad” is a shift from previous Pickford records in that it is more ambient and progressive in tone and style, by far the most experimental of his LP albums. He makes profound use of Schumann resonances, which are a set of spectrum peaks in the extremely low frequency portion of the Earth's electromagnetic field. These reverberations have been known to synchronize to the frequencies of human brainwaves during the dream state.
“Thus,” Pickford himself explains, “the sound is designed to interact with your own imagination, to bring you relaxing visions and make you feel as if you've experienced something more than great music.”
The effect is a soothing, calming album the likes of which no artist has ever before composed.
Interestingly, “Lughnasad” was never mastered before its debut, the artist having decided that the raw mix could not be better defined at the time. The present incarnation of Pickford's album is not a remastered version in the strictest sense, therefore, but rather a newly mastered version with carefully sculpted nuances not appearing in the original. The added depth, texture, and scope these provide cannot be overstated.
Speaking of the difference this has made, Pickford writes, “[The mastering] has produced a wonderfully rounded, dynamically expressive sound which sounds great even using a surround sound system, and which is especially impressive on headphones.”
In addition to its other remarkable traits, “Lughnasad” also features vocals by Rachel Cohen, of popular and notable Welsh bands Karnataka and the Reasoning.
Lughnasad is named for the ancient Gaelic festival which was celebrated in Ireland, Scotland, and the Isle of Man. It ushered in the beginning of the harvest festival, 31 July through 1 August, and shares the official release date of Pickford's album of the same name. He has stated that of his full-length records, “Lughnasad” is his personal favorite.
“Lughnasad” by Andy Pickford is available online worldwide.
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