The iteration of Pomegranate Tree you now hear represents three years of learning and reflection: the distillation of each song into its leanest and most evocative form.
Before the release of her ambient LP, Plastichoir, in 2021 and the dark ethereal Republic of Paradise in 2020, Aphir had written another record much closer to her heart. Initially deeming Pomegranate Tree to be complete in 2019, she was poised to put the record out it in 2020, but the global pandemic set the release back as she opted to share songs that better reflected the sense of upheaval that she was feeling, along with the rest of the world, at that time.
Overhauled on Twitch livestreams across two years of lockdowns, the iteration of Pomegranate Tree you now hear represents three years of learning and reflection: the distillation of each song into its leanest and most evocative form.
Pomegranate Tree features production and songwriting that weaves between dreamscapes and the world we wake up to, as well as guest appearances from long-term collaborators Lack the Low, KAIAR, and Arrom.
Aphir says of the work: “for me these songs sit in this really unique and satisfying place of being the clearest realisation of what I set out to do when I started making music solo while still being fully connected to how my taste has developed and changed.”
1. Even In Paradise
2. Red Giant
5. Good Enough
6. Books Of Number
9. Pomegranate Tree
10. The Empyrean
11. Spring Equinox (bonus track)
released October 5, 2022
Backing vocals on track 3 by Karla Gilbard (kaiarmusic.bandcamp.com) and Melissa Valence (arrom.bandcamp.com).
Violin on track 4 by Kat Hunter (lackthelow.bandcamp.com).
All tracks written, produced, performed, mixed and mastered by Becki Whitton.
Album artwork by Marcel Kohler (www.instagram.com/marcelkohlr).