Exclusive Album Premiere: Colin Edwin and Jon Durant’s Burnt Belief
Prog Magazine is proud to premier Burnt Belief, the new album by Colin Edwin and Jon Durant.
The pair first collaborated when Porcupine Tree bassist Edwin appeared on guitarist/compose Durant’s last solo album, Dance of the Shadow Planets.
Durant tells Prog: “Colin and I had built a sense of what each other’s strong suits were, so it was very easy to put forth a rough idea knowing the other would be able to run with it.
“Having made several solo albums prior to Burnt Belief, the first thing I had to let go of was the creative control that I exercised on the others. As the process began to unfold, we realised that it really was a remarkable partnership. There were only a couple pieces that were rejected and had to be re-done.”
Edwin adds: “My role really expanded from one of being only the bass player – as I was on the Shadow Planets album – to one of being an equal partner and co-leader.
“I really enjoyed working on Shadow Planets. I thought Jon’s music was a great context for my bass playing, and I could find my own space in it easily, so I had hoped we’d work together again.
“I didn’t expect to take on such an expanded role, but my prior experience with Jon gave me confidence that we had enough common musical ground between us. I knew something worthwhile would come out of a musical association – although Burnt Belief has exceeded my expectations by a long way.”
Edwin recommends Weight of Gravity as his top track on Burnt Belief, while Durant chooses Balthasar’s Key.
Although the album is instrumental, there’s still a thought-provoking theme behind the music. Durant explains: “For some time, I’ve been interested in understanding peoples’ beliefs: where they come from, what they’re willing to ignore in order to maintain them. That aspect of cognitive dissonance, especially with regards to the split between science and religion, is fascinating to me.
“I really want to take the listeners on a journey, to explore within themselves what they really believe, and why. And, hopefully, when they get to the end, they can let go and realise that life is precious and amazing.”
While he accepts that’s an ambitious aim for an instrumental record, he adds: “With Arcing Towards Morning you really do get the sense that after all the drama and conflict that led up to it, everything is still okay.”