Letters to Distant Cities
March 29, 2011 · Print This Article
Release date: March 29, 2011
Photos by Murat Eyuboglu
Poetry by Mustafa Ziyalan
Letters to Distant Cities is a collaborative work that brings together poetry,music, photography and design. The origin of the project lies with the poetry of Mustafa Ziyalan, which explores themes of urban solitude in all of its melancholy and enchanted dimensions. The female persona of the poems traverses topographies that are dream-like and all-too-real. Shara Worden’s reading of the text makes the experiences captured in these poems shimmer with a fantastical glow. Instrumental music composed and performed by Rob Moose weaves through the poems and subtly makes manifest a range of moods latent in the poems and in the grain of Worden’s voice. The album is bookended by two original songs: My Brightest Diamond’s myth-like The Sea opens the album and Clare and the Reasons’ ethereally wistful Invisible acts as its bittersweet conclusion.
In addition to the recording, a set of 24 cards featuring photographs along with the poems are included in the package. Captured by photographer Murat Eyuboglu and featuring Jamie Ansley, the images provide another level of reflection on the experiences of the poetic persona. The design of Adam Frint brings together the music, poetry, recitation, and photography into a gorgeous and thoughtfully-produced package.