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Notes On Belonging

by Tiny Leaves

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Broad Places 11:16
If We Play 09:35
Found Song 10:39
Cynefin 10:33 video


My third album entitled 'Notes On Belonging' is the culmination of over a year of exploration into musical landscapes inspired by the Welsh term 'cynefin'. The word which has no English equivalent, when translated means the environment in which you live, to which you are naturally acclimatised, and also in other translations, describes the sense of belonging, or even longing for home. The whole project from beginning to end is rooted in a rural corner of Shropshire to further harness this idea of belonging. The musicians are local to this area and the music was composed and recorded here. I also have been wanting to do a project with only four tracks to challenge myself to write longer pieces that come together to form more of a whole piece of music, having enjoyed this idea in post-rock albums and classical LPs. The cover of the album "Light (Cound November)" by David Tress, sees the fulfilment of a dream, from a long love for his paintings from my own art school days, to link up with this prolific Welsh Landscape artist. His celebrated work explores similar themes of relationship to habitat which is a timely coming together with this project. Remarkably the painting was made by the Pembrokeshire artist only a few miles from where the album was recorded in Shropshire, further affirming the theme of belonging to a place. The music was written alongside rehearsals with featured artist / violinist and viola player Faith Brackenbury, whose vast experience in Jazz and folk violin has further expanded my writing to newer territories. The track 'Cynefin' has been performed recently during a UK tour with Julianna Barwick, and a dance video is currently being created by choreographer Rachel Burn. The tracks have brief descriptions (when selected separately) which reveal something of their journey and meaning but are also importantly open to the listeners own interpretation and exploration.


released October 27, 2017

A note on the meaning of 'cynefin', the theme to this album. It is a Welsh word which translated, carries the sense of being rooted and belonging, spiritually, culturally or geographically.

Joel Pike plays piano on all tracks, with electric guitar on track 1,3 and 4 and xylophone on tracks 3 and 4. Faith Brackenbury plays violin on all tracks with viola on tracks 1,2 and 3.

Recorded and mixed by Stavros Kokkinos at Concord College, Shropshire.

Mastered by Noel Summerville at 3345 London.

Artwork by David Tress ‘Light (Cound November)’ © 2005.

All music written and produced by Joel Nathaniel Pike / Tiny Leaves © 2017.


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Tiny Leaves is the music of Joel Nathaniel Pike. He has developed his sound as a solo artist alongside years of writing and performing in bands. He describes his music as being rooted in narrative, but is often surprised at the undefinable end result. His music has a delicate, cinematic quality that brings a quiet hope. ... more

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