Gareth Sager, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and the founding member of The Pop Group, Rip Rig & Panic and Head presents his first solo piano album 88 Tuned Dreams, a self-produced collection comprised of fourteen melodic classical improvisations recorded in one miraculous session at arguably the world's most distinguished recording space; Studio One, Abbey Road.
As post-punk provocateur in The Pop Group, ringleader of avant-garde jazz/art pop collective Rip Rig & Panic, and an exponent of unruly folk balladry in Head, Sager has always given free rein to artistic impulse and embraced the unexpected. 88 Tuned Dreams is an extraordinary affirmation of the liberated punk ideals that have continually inspired him throughout his career. Evoking a liminal world of uncanny yet warm atmospherics, the album is pervaded by impressionistic contemplation, revealing the roots of Sager's early connection to the works of Erik Satie, Frédéric Chopin and Claude Debussy.
Only on "Savage Sea," a stunning high point of The Pop Group's seminal debut Y, and "Echelon," the desolate closing track on their 2015 return record Citizen Zombie, has Sager's piano playing been as intimately and sublimely focalized as it is here. Withholding an introspective quality and invested with his own improvisational energy, these fourteen piano works are stunning low-lit invocations from one of post-punk's most unpredictable and exploratory pioneers.