So here we are… and here it is. The culmination of a project that now comprises 27 pieces of music, delivered over a 3-album/4-year arc – all heralded by many a meaningful dot and dash.
In the instant-hit world of today, its cyphered titles have been a premeditated move to provide an album bomb with a longer fuse. A project assured enough in time & scope to draw the listener in, rather than hustle for short-lived attention in a consume/forget manner. The reason: well, several. Chief among them though is if you cross paths with but one Solarstone longplayer in your life, better it’s his most considered, expansive & honed ‘One’.
It’s also though provided its creator Richard Mowatt with both the opportunity and – crucially – time to fully flex a second artistic muscle. That specifically was Pop Art in nature – a form that captivated him as a child, motivated him as a teenager and one he’s immersed himself in as a man. It was only with a project that had the magnitude of ‘1’, ‘2’ & ‘3’ though that he felt he could make his own worthy addition to it.
On the subject Solarstone says: “my love of Pop Art began in the 80’s with Frankie Goes To Hollywood & ZTT’s work and Peter Saville’s Pet Shop Boys partnership. Imagery is an integral part of my branding and marketing and the ‘One’ project is, I guess, my own little contribution to an art form that fascinates me.”
This is an album that has nothing if not time. Having produced it, Solarstone is content for those who discover to do so today, tomorrow, next month, next year or in a half dozen from now. After all, ‘One’s here now and music of this quality isn’t disappearing anywhere anytime soon.
Today Solarstone releases not just the third and concluding longplayer in the series . . . – – but also the album works as they were always intended, united together as ‘One’! One is available as a limited edition signed box-set or digital.