“I came up with this short piano melody, the one used in the song, and played it over and over and had it stuck in my head for a couple of weeks. It helped me relax to play it over and over, like it was something to meditate on, and I wanted to make it into a song so I sent it over to August because it reminded me of something he would like, too. When he sent it back it was exactly as I had hoped, spacious plucking strings and gentle acoustic percussion were a perfect addition to the mellow piano I had recorded. This song is more special than some to me because I just moved and had to sell the old upright piano that I’ve recorded on for the last year.
“Nocturne” is the last song I made with it and it’ll always remind me of how much that old piano meant to me.”
imagiro & arbour – Nocturne
Before “Nocturne” had become the tune you’re listening to right now, its core sample had traveled a few times between Canada where Arbour lives and imagiro’s home in the UK. The track is driven by Arbour’s nostalgia and appreciation for his old piano, which he had to recently sell. It was exactly that piano on which the main melody was recorded. “Nocturne” is the journey of the 2 producers towards tranquility.
Arbour is a productive and consistent talent in the beatmaking community. With three albums in the last three years, as well as numerous EPs, loose singles, and collaborations, the Seattle musician steadily crafts downtempo daydreams.
Hans is driven by a sound that’s relaxed yet uplifting. Sorrowful yet hopeful. Like internalizing the darkness of night while knowing the sun will rise soon. To listen to Arbour is to be at ease, is to hear the waves crashing in the distance, knowing the coast is not too far away. He shares…
“The more I write and record the more I’ve realized that music isn’t strictly about the sounds, it can remind people of a place, a time, a smell, a feeling, it really hits every sense we have. I enjoy just trying to capture as many senses as possible with a song and seeing where it takes me.”
August Pemberton is not an ordinary 19 years old university student. While spending his days studying Computer Science, when it comes to creating whimsical and inspiring beats imagiro (as most of us in the chillhop / beat scene know him) is pretty much unbeatable.
Releasing this beautiful nostalgia on our label was a no-brainer. Everything – from the story to the emotions captured in the beat are truly beautiful.