Possible (2021 LP)

by East Forest

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Possible 05:57
And the future falls And we loosen the grip on what we cannot hold And we close off our ears to all the lies we’re told I don’t know How this ring will sound to me Lay down my arms Open the possibilities Could you let go We stand on the edge Of choice and chance, it’s all an open sea If you can let go of all these passages yet to be Consequences, broken fences Nothing left to sell It is given, all forgiven You can allow Could you let go Open the door To the possibility in this ground Down to our knees to tend the garden of this sound We can’t know, what will grow Winds will blow and break But we stand on our feet and rise up to our fate Could you let go Could you let go
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We are held My God And when I say “God” I’m just going to say all that is We choose what we let go of from moment to moment And as we choose, we step into the new reality forming in front of us Of infinite possibility And whatever you choice you make You can’t fall out of it Let’s call it Love You can’t fall out of Love You can’t fall out of Love You will always be held But you can never lose your way completely And how the suffering is just not giving in Endless choices Endless choices And yet there’s one choice.
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What if I told you that, Maybe the invitation is still being made What if this time is an insurgency of the invisible? Like things that we have pushed to our blindspots, Unknowingly, inadvertently, Are now coming to the field of vision Now saying, “Look, I’m right over here. What do you do with me?” I feel that this time is uncovering bones And we can choose, we can choose to cover those things again Or, we can choose to sit with those bones, To do the hard task of meeting beings that we don’t know how to meet And maybe there, in those openings We might shape-shift Stay with these shadows that are now showing up As embodied beings As multi-dimensional beings Maybe the invitation is still being made
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Undying 06:25
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Mend 02:54
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Sweetly Down 04:08
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I mean I really believe it’s all a breathe away You know the more you can deconstruct what you’ve been taught And be your own laboratory, and question any authority Eventually, you get to truth Could you surprise me, oh could you let it be Could you surprise me, oh could you let it be Could you let it be? People spend a lifetime trying to make their identity better So we’re not really these little personalities and identities and sets of problems and bodies But even in my own practice, I’m a breath away from letting it go, and just being Could you surprise me, oh could you let it be Could you surprise me, oh could you let it be Could you let it be? Where your life is your meditation No separation The more you spend in that state of really open-hearted oneness, connection The more it becomes where you live from And you start to — it is a rewiring Your whole nervous system starts to rewire to, that state of expansion, and peace, and connection Could you surprise me, oh could you let it be Could you surprise me, oh could you let it be Could you let it be? Connecting with the truth of who you are In any moment
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Could 03:55
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What Is 05:12
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about

The central instrument of East Forest’s Possible is a piano—a 102-year-old Baldwin piano to be precise, which Trevor Oswalt discovered in a music shop. It’s an instrument bound by contradictions—sturdy but weathered, fragile yet resilient. It’s an instrument that carries a lot of history, but there’s a mystery to it as well. As much as it requires great care, it can also give back something immeasurably rewarding.

It’s fitting that the music on East Forest’s latest album is built around such a beautifully unobtrusive conversation piece. Oswalt—a musician, non-religious spiritualist and psychedelic therapy advocate—creates music as much for the sake of restoration and therapy as he does for entertainment or enchantment. Even more so, perhaps. Conceived during the pandemic—as much of 2021’s releases have been—Possible was written with the intent to provide a hopeful path forward. Oswalt says of the album in a statement, “now we all have an unexpected gift to plant our own seeds of choice. We can ask ourselves ‘what’s possible?’”

Possible explores this idea of embracing the wide-open possibility of a world before us through a number of different means, from spoken-word sections about love (“Can’t Fall Out of Love”) and perspective (“Bones,” featuring writer Bayo Akomolafe), to orchestral arrangements (“Tabula Rasa”) and a sweetly lilting flute accompaniment (“Sweetly Down”), to Oswalt’s own voice. But it’s the piano that forms the center of Possible, a beacon of grace and gentleness. It’s often the moments where it’s simply Oswalt performing alone, instrumentally, where the album is at its most breathtaking. It all comes back to that piano.

To highlight specific songs almost feels beside the point with an album like Possible, each piece connected to the one that follows and the one that precedes it. But unlike Brian Eno’s definition of ambient—as ignorable as it is enjoyable—this isn’t music that easily fades into the background. It doesn’t impose, but it’s also too delicately gorgeous and emotionally evocative to become wallpaper. It’s deeply moving music that makes no demands, just offers some beautiful company.

-Jeff Terich, Treble

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released July 23, 2021

East Forest: Piano, Vocals, Synthesizers, Drum Programming, Additional String Arrangements

Bayo Akomolafe: Words
Lorraine Weiss: Words, Soprano Saxophone
Sheela Bringi: Bansuri Flute
Owen Hoffman-Smith: Cello, Bass Guitar, ContraBass
Geoffrey Hill: Violin
Emily Jones: Viola
Jake Saunders: Cello
Thacher Schmid: Violin

Lorna Dune - String Arrangements

Mastered by Taylor Deupree

Artwork by Evan Lorenzen


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© East Forest 2021
Long Lost Tricks Music / Modern Works Publishing

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East Forest plays electro-acoustic music coined "blissful" (NPR) and "immersive" (Wired). His work has appeared on Domino, 1631 Recordings, Aquilo Records, as well as Tender Loving Empire & Universal/Decca.
He has three #1 albums that charted on iTunes as well as multiple top ten Billboard releases. He is a Nord Artist & tours internationally.
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