TIME IS AWAY
Over the better half of a decade, Time is Away, the London-based duo of Jack Rollo and Elaine Tierney, have made tender and heartfelt transmissions through countless mixes, sound works and radio. Exploring deeply human themes of memory, persistence and resistance using an assemblage of source material, the duos unique mode of storytelling culminates in Ballads, a new suite of songs and, significantly, their first officially licensed compilation. From the opening notes of Horvitz Morris Previte Trios jazz romanticism to Gilles Chabenat and Frédéric Pariss lively reimagined standard, the haunting vocal seance of Tanto Pressanto and the mesmerising swirls of The Unthanks, Yuko Kono and Rachel Bonch-Bruevich, the spirit of Ballads roams through generations of affectionate songwriting and conjures images both candid and surreal. The voice of poet and longtime collaborator Christina Petrie appears briefly and contemplates the sighs and replies
the space between verses of the Ballad, its beauty, its place in our lives. What is the Ballad but a reflection of our soul? Perhaps Ill wander in search of it, she bittersweetly concedes. At the suites cusp is an alternate version of David Langs Just (After Song of Songs), a thirteen-minute meditation on devotion which featured in Paolo Sorrentinos Youth (2015). The tracks universal themes of faith and desire radiate throughout and elucidate Time is Aways peerlessly precise yet gossamer touch.