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Invisible Map - Single

by Derek Piotr

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1.
it oozes out of everything but slowly at first you have to notice you have to collect it carefully
 the things i hold onto make me want to change but the more i change the more i find myself holding on everyone’s telling me i should move ahead but the movements i have mapped are invisible the things i hold onto make me want to change but the more i change the more i find myself holding on (it’s the making and then unmaking making and then unmaking)
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One day one day in the month of May, When the flowers were a-blooming Young Johnnie Gray from West Tennessee, Fell in love with Barbry Allen. He sent his servant to her door, Unto her father's dwelling, My master says, you must come there, If your name be Barbry Allen. Slowly, slowly she got up, And slowly she went to him, And all she said when she got there, "Young man I think you're dying.” I'm sick, I'm sick, I'm very sick, I'm sick for Barbry Allen, a better day I never shall see ’til I get Barbry Allen. Do you remember Granville Town In Granville Town of Eddlee, You passed the drinks to the ladies all around, And you slighted Barbry Allen. She started home across the field 'fore she got half a mile, She heard her death bells a-ring "Cruel hearted Barbry Allen." She looked to the east, she looked to the West, She saw that corpse a-coming, Oh corpse of clay, come help me now, If your name be Barbry Allen. Oh mother dear, go make my bed, Don't make it soft and narrow, My true love has died today, I'll die for him tomorrow. They buried him in the ol’ church yard And they buried her all a-nigh him And out of his grave grew a red, red rose And out of hers a briar. They grew and they grew up the old church tower ’til they couldn't grow no higher, they locked and tied a true love’s knot, the rose around the briar.

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"miraculously strange...a deft understanding of folk traditions" —Entropy Magazine

"a previously unknown side...this is music in the long and storied tradition of country and folk" —Various Small Flames

Dulcimer, pedal steel guitar, clavichord and banjo are not instruments that one normally associates with a new project from Derek Piotr, but his new album, Making and Then Unmaking, opens an entirely new chapter in his oeuvre. Coming out of 2019’s Avia, Piotr’s deeply personal celebration of his grandmother’s life, the artist found his interest in digital instrumentation waning and began to immerse himself instead in his long-held passion for folk music.

Despite its extensive orchestration (among other elements, there are strings, Mark Lavengood’s pedal steel guitar, harp by Janelle Lake and three different acoustic guitar players), ‘Invisible Map’ feels incredibly intimate. Piotr’s lyrics are self-reflexive and self-deprecating, exploring the contradictions inherent in simultaneously dwelling on and documenting past experiences while seeking growth and progress. He describes this as the ‘Dolly Parton moment’ of the record – a definition that fits perfectly, even if it is one that certainly couldn’t be attributed to much of his previous work.

“Barbry Allen”, a traditional Scottish ballad (Ethnomusicologists Steve Roud and Julia Bishop described it as
"far and away the most widely collected song in the English language—equally popular in England, Scotland and Ireland, and with hundreds of versions collected over the years in North America"), is here performed with Reuben Walton, after a North Carolinian version as sung by Mrs. G. L. Bostic. Piotr and Walton’s performance was starkly recorded on a Zoom h4n, echoing the field-recording efforts of Alan Lomax and Herbert Halpert and gloriously capturing late Spring birdsong and the rumblings of traffic.

—Dr. Michael Waugh

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released January 1, 2021

1. Invisible Map (Single Edit)

Written, sung, composed, produced and edited by Derek Piotr.
Acoustic guitar: Ed Williams
Pedal steel guitar: Mark Lavengood
Acoustic guitar [coda]: Ben Gonzalez
Acoustic guitar [coda]: Kyle Montemurro
Bass guitar: Cassie Tarakajian
Harp: Janelle Lake
Fiddle: Kyle Adamcik
Mixed by: Shaun Hatfield

2. Barbry Allen (with Reuben Walton)

Traditional.
Performed by Derek Piotr and Reuben Walton.


Mastered by Cory Allen.
Photography by Alex Weber.
Design by Derek Piotr.

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Derek Piotr is a folklorist, researcher and performer whose work focuses primarily on the human voice.

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