Piers Faccini - I Dreamed an Island (Six Degrees)
Add Date: 10/11
Focus Track: 3
Formats: College, Triple A, & World
Artist Info: Not a day sooner could Piers Faccini have penned the 10 songs featured on his latest full-length studio recording, I Dreamed An Island (Six Degrees Records; October 21, 2016). Writing in real time as history unfolds and observing the troubled world in which we live, the British songwriter living in southern France responds with a heartfelt conviction. With songs such as “Oiseau” written the day after the 2015 Paris attacks as a plea to the world to wake from its terrorist nightmare; “Drone” describing the aftermath of a Syrian drone strike on a devastated town; and “Bring Down The Wall” as a response to a U.S. presidential candidate’s idea of building a wall along the US-Mexico border, Faccini sets poetry in motion with reflections on today’s perplexing times.
I Dreamed An Island is a personal quest for Piers Faccini and the album describes his voyage towards an imagined haven through the storms of fear and intolerance currently brewing around the world. Sung mostly in English but in French, Italian dialects and Arabic, too, the album is an impassioned celebration of cultural diversity and pluralism.
Growing up in a trilingual family (English, Italian, French), I Dreamed An Island mirrors Faccini’s own background. The songs resonate with the voices of his migrant ancestors – and his island is a Mediterranean multilingual refuge, where orange groves, horseshoe arches, gold leaf, lapis lazuli and stories abound. Upon listening to the 10 original pieces on I Dreamed An Island, a sense of nostalgia lingers for Faccini’s dreamed up utopia; an island that today seems more remote and more necessary than ever before.