This album of new material written between April 2014 to August 2016 signals a major comeback for Canadian artist Stephen Bacchus, that many of his fans have been anticipating for several years.
Inspired by his sojourns into the Canadian wilderness, the music on “Hinterland” is made up of finely-crafted musical miniatures with inspiring melodies and artful arrangements that are richly infused with ambient atmospheres.
released September 22, 2016
Written, recorded and mixed by Stephen Bacchus
between April 2014 & August 2016 in Camborne, ON.
Field Recording Samples: Grant Mackay
Mastered at The Lacquer Channel, Toronto from
24bit 96kHz files by: Noah Mintz
Special Thanks: To my wife, MaryAnne’s empathetic listening
Design, Layout & Photography: Grant Mackay
“Hinterland” CD review at the ZoneMusicReporter website by reviewer Bill Binkleman (01/04/2017)
"...Hinterland marks a triumphant return..."
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“Hinterland” CD review by reviewer, Richard Gürtler (Nov 06, 2016, Bratislava, Slovakia)
"...If you are searching for relaxing, new age-driven soundsculptings, don’t hesitate to explore Stephen Bacchus wanderings though picturesque untamed Canadian wilderness. ... “Hinterland” is probably the most mature and sophisticated recording of Stephen Bacchus, ..."
"I listened to Stephen Bacchus’s remarkable new album, HINTERLAND; MUSICAL SOJOURNS INTO THE WILDERNESS, with a great deal of pleasure and interest. These meditative and poignant compositions are truly reflective of nature, creating gentle moods, even as Bacchus’s unique musical voice continues to surprise and delight at every cadence. In these finely-wrought works, we find the logical 21st-century extension of the nature-evoking Symphonic Poems of Sibelius and Smetana. Bacchus, with each of these gems, paints a picture that sonically welcomes us to the hinterland’s doorstep. He then takes us on a mesmerizing journey into its heart."
"...Among my favourite discs of this or any other year. ...This Hinterland may very well be your masterwork."
“Listening to Hinterland, I felt a joyful sense of renewal and hope. Stephen Bacchus has been inspired by timeless time, spent in the wild, and the pristine purity and clarity of the north woods emerges in the melodies and ambience of Hinterland.”
“...great CD - really enjoyed. Actually it gets inside of you - like you are not hearing it but it casts a spell on you - holds onto you but doesn’t over power...always moving into the next level. Well done!!!”