On 30 September 2022, Sea Island & Ferry releases a new EP As if - II. The Deep End. It is a follow up to As if - I. In-Between, the first EP in the series. The group also puts out a new vinyl album As if on the same day, including both EPs on its two sides.
“We planned the two EPs as one project, knowing that they will end up on the same vinyl record, but we also decided to release them as separate digital EPs and CDs one after the other, because of their very different nature,” said Arnold Fang, pianist and convenor of the ensemble.
While In-Between has very much been a soundtrack to the Hong Kong Museum of Art exhibition with the same title, The Deep End is a suite created based on an imaginary funeral at sea.
“We had the idea of creating music for a funeral since the early days of playing together, and this was actualized after hearing from people who had the experience of bidding farewell to their loved ones at sea,” said Arnold
With a running time of more than 23 minutes, “The Deep End” contains 6 tracks. They can be seen as separate titles, or as one full suite that is longer than any work that Sea Island & Ferry has released to-date.
While orchestrating the ceremony, and writing most of the tracks himself, Arnold played various roles in getting other members involved. Among these was a letter that he wrote in the voice of the significant other of a deceased person, asking Tim Tong, cellist of the ensemble to deliver a musical eulogy, now titled “Blossoms”.
“Stories of the past are like blossoms of beautiful flowers — they may be short-lived, but by remembering them, those remaining also get healed, and receive the hope to live on,” said Tim.
“The Deep End” arrives at a time when most of us have experienced grief and loss in different ways. But in a city where sea funerals are often seen as a solution to land scarcity, there is more that the ensemble would like to convey by creating this work.
“There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all ceremony that works for everyone, and we should always have room for personalisation and creativity in honour of the special someone that we are trying to remember,” remarked Arnold.
i. 響 Call
ii. 在所難免 Mortals
iii. 盛放有時 Blossoms
iv. 沉降 Sinking In
v. 回家 Way Home
vi. 餘響 Recall
本地純音樂組合「海島小輪」於2022年9月30日推出全新EP《As if - II. The Deep End 往深》。這是繼《As if - I. In-Between》之後推出，屬於同系列的新作。同日，「海島小輪」亦推出了一張名為《As if》的黑膠唱片，收錄上面兩張EP的樂曲。
鋼琴手與召集人方欣浩(Arnold Fang) 指：「兩張EP同屬一個錄音企劃，我們亦早已決定將它們收錄在一張黑膠唱片之中。但它們同時亦擁有不同的性質，因此我們亦將之分成兩張不同的網上EP及CD，相隔一段時間先後推出。 」
雖然組曲的大部分樂章都由Arnold 負責創作，但他亦透過「角色扮演」令隊友有更多的投入和參與。其中之一，就是以先人配偶的名義寫信，邀請「飾演」先人摯友的大提琴手湯正行 (Tim Tong) 為昔日良朋獻上「悼詞」，然後就有了《盛放有時》這個樂篇。
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