You asked, and I obliged! The perfect keepsake of the year that will forever live within us. "A Medicine for Madness" is the ENTIRE collection of inspired piano tracks I recorded alone in isolation in 2020—previously released in a series of 3 EPs and a final single.
I wanted the works to exist as one album, chronicling the emotional arc of 2020, a year that will have an impact on the rest of our lives.
Certainly terrifying and poignant, there was also a strange, transformative beauty hidden within 2020. We will never be the same again.
The 10 tracks on this album are in the order they were first released.
Tracks 1-4: "Evocations of the Moon" are 4 spontaneous piano pieces utilizing specific frequencies to boost healing, clarity, good physical and mental health.
These pieces were all recorded as an EP early in the coronavirus lockdown, in isolation alone on the night of the Super Moon. These pieces became sonic spells, keeping me sane and comforted during this crisis. I sat in the dark and played piano, evolving planetary and healing frequencies into my own melodies to soothe, and boost my passion, creativity, health, and well being. I did research into frequencies that would help re-align emotionally from this frightening and surreal time in our lives.
When everything changed. At that time we had NO idea what was to come.
Tracks 5 and 6: "Seclusion 22" and "Whispers Behind the Glass" were released as a 2-song EP in July, when we all began to become stir crazy, feeling helpless, and in disbelief. We had been forced to create our own secret, secluded new worlds.
This is the lush accompaniment. The Night Music.
These tracks are dark piano pieces evoking the confinement, desolation, madness, and erotic longing.
Tracks 7-9: These three tracks became the EP "The Dark Day"-- recorded amidst charcoal tangerine skies September 9, 2020 , the strange day in San Francisco when there was no sun due to toxic smoke from a multitude of wildfires burning throughout the state. Chilling, intense and beautiful, these pieces transport you into this frightful, melancholy and otherworldly environment of those blackened hours.
Track 10: With the year’s end, we reflect not only the death of those from Covid 19, but also the death of life as we knew it. The death of dreams, businesses, long term plans, relationships, love, and the carefree regard of daily social activities we always took for granted.
There will be no getting back to “like it was before.”
We will carry the impact of 2020 with us for the rest of our lives.
"Elegy for a Solitary Year" is a lament for all the deaths this year, as well as the death of our old selves.
But in this strange chaos hides a deeper beauty. A profound reset, an awakening. to what matters now. Permission to make changes, re-invent, manifest an entirely new magic.
You have broken free of the old days.
What do you want the rest of your life do be about NOW?
Thank you immensely for your support this year! It all goes to helping me survive, as most of my income has ceased with the pandemic shutdown. Please continue to help artists. <3
NOTE: You can still pick up each of these 2020 releases individually on Bandcamp.
Evocations of the Moon
Seclusion 22 / Whispers Behind the Glass
The Dark Day
Elegy for a Solitary Year
“Superior artists don’t need complexity. They can move you with just their presence and an instrument, which she plays here with subtle shadings of tempo and dynamics, and sophisticated dissonant harmonies.
Let us pray for the pandemic to end, and for Jill Tracy to continue to create these sublime piano instrumentals.”
—NPR’s Hearts of Space host/producer Stephen Hill
“So beautiful…truly talented… Jill Tracy’s music opens pictures in the mind. I love the melodic structure, and the style. Its a perfect mood music.
Her piano tracks are like a ghostly “Pearl” (Brian Eno / Harold Budd,) but unique in their mysterious nature that open that same door. I could cry, but there seems to be a mystery that I am seeking answer, but also by expressing the solitude. In some ways makes me think of those Italian made Warhol films.” —cEvin Key (Skinny Puppy)
“I turned the lights down low, lit a log fire, a candle & some incense & let Jill Tracy’s beautiful nocturnal music wash over me. I was utterly transported! It is very beautiful & powerful indeed. Exquisite work!” —David J, (Bauhaus)
"Jill Tracy sounds wonderful. Gives me flashbacks to Keith Jarrett who is one of my favs." —James Williamson (Iggy Pop and The Stooges)
released December 22, 2020
all tracks recorded by Jill Tracy alone in isolation at her home in San Francisco (March through December 2020)
This album released on the rare Solstice, Planetary Conjunction 2020
Mixed and mastered by Gary Hobish, A. Hammer Mastering,
Produced by Jill Tracy and Gary Hobish
mixed and mastered by Alex Nahas, Bright Brown Sound, NY
Produced by Jill Tracy and Alex Nahas
Jill Tracy will transport you into a seductive and magical realm far beyond the Everyday. The place where we wished we
lived. A dark, elegant netherworld full of hidden passageways, wonder cabinets, and opium dens. Of monsters, marvels and mayhem. You know it’s not safe here; but with Jill Tracy as your guide, you’ll be in no hurry to leave....more
Bright Brown is the sonic cinema of Alex Nahas, my long-time Chapman Stick and bass player..and producer of my albums The Bittersweet Constrain and BENEATH. He's a brilliant songwriter and arranger. JILL TRACY