“Unforgotten” is a collection of previously unreleased music by UK-based musician & producer Adam Fielding, written & recorded during 2016-2019, and released in March 2020.
Originally starting life as a series of demos written in late 2016, “Unforgotten” is an album that revels in contrast and spontaneity. Drawing on themes of introspection and change, “Unforgotten” is a vibrant blend of intricate electronics and live instrumentation drawing from a wide variety of influences and inspirations.
From the affirming, guitar-soaked opening of “We Will Find Our Way” through to the playful electronic washes of “Sunset Wonderland”, “Unforgotten” is an album that refuses to stay in one place for too long, celebrating playful expression while retaining a strong emotional undercurrent.
Unforgotten is a project I’ve been meaning to finalise and release for quite a long time now. Given the current situation with COVID-19 and several countries placing their populations under lockdown, I figured the most positive thing I could do would be to stop messing about and just release it. So I did.
Originally starting life as one of my October Sessions-of-sorts back in 2016, it was the last project I worked on before relocating my home studio. As a result, it always held a bit of a special place in my heart – I vividly remember writing and producing most of the original demos with a lot of my equipment packed up in boxes, getting ready for the big move. Those original demos were rough around the edges, but over the coming years I kept visiting and re-visiting them time and time again, chipping away at the edges to try and come up with a more well-rounded album. Mixes were tweaked, elements were re-recorded, and tracks were swapped in and out. It was only in late 2019 that I landed on what I considered to be a “complete” album, but even then I was incredibly apprehensive about releasing it – a lot changes in four years!
Due, I suspect, to its spontaneous nature, Unforgotten relies more heavily on acoustic/live instrumentation than my more recent releases. In a way I’d say it works as a sort of companion-piece to Pieces in the sense that both weren’t originally envisioned as “albums” as such, that’s just kind of the way they turned out. Both albums started life as a rough series of tracks that were rotated in-and-out with an on-going series of compositions, and both were endlessly fiddled with as they started to take form. In much the same way that the old 2016 Unforgotten demos sound quite different to the final album, the original 2012 version of Pieces sounds rather different to the released article.
I must admit that it’s a nice change to just launch an album into the wild (as I write this I’m still sorting out digital distribution through Spotify/Apple Music/et al), though I wish the circumstances that precipitated it weren’t quite so awful. Perhaps at some point I’ll write a little more about the processes involved in writing and producing it. Who knows!
I hope you enjoy the album, and I really hope that one or two of you find some amount of connection or comfort in there.
Stay safe, and here’s hoping things get better sooner rather than later. Cheers.