We’ve featured the haunting and ambient electronica-laced slow-jams of Participant (Stephen Tiernan) before, most recently by way of a stream of ‘A Change’, the first single to be shared from his new EP. Now, in a State exclusive, Participant has shared Content in its entirety and you can stream its full premiere right here.
Carrying on from the gently-paced dynamics of last year’s Bit Slow EP, Content builds on the kind of vocal delicacy and deep, throbbing chord progressions that Tiernan exercised with first time around – instilling not only a clearcut evolution of sound, but a denser focus on composition and a balance of harmony and atmosphere that sees Content flourish over the course of just four tracks. The intimacy with which Tiernan treats the listener seems to be the very essence of the EP as well, and where Bit Slow might have translated personal sentiments of a somewhat delicate or troubled nature, Content portrays a sense of resolution that offsets the familiar themes of uncertainty and malaise – subjects that are still apparent in places, but are skilfully manifested within varying tonal changes throughout the new release.
Speaking of the new record, Tiernan says that “I didn’t realise it until afterwards but Bit Slow was a weight I’d been carrying for years. Since it’s release I’ve gained more pleasure from music than ever before. It might not be obvious at first listen but Content has an undercurrent of hope and love. Feelings I’d struggled with incorporating into my music until recently.”
Listen to Content below.
Content can, and most certainly should be purchased over on Participant’s Bandcamp.