"The Wide Open Suite & Noises at Sea" is Esa Pietilä Liberty Ship's sophomore release. The two discs of this double album are bound together by the theme of seafaring.
The album is a follow-up in many senses to the praised debut, Approaching: it came out on the same label, the Tampere-based Eclipse Music, and does not diverge from the debut’s uncompromised open-mindedness. The double album comprises of an acoustic and an electronic disc, which share the theme of seafaring.
Founded in 2012, Esa Pietilä Liberty Ship came to large-scale attention in 2013, after releasing their debut, which was selected among the albums of the year by the influential jazz media New York City Jazz Record. The group does not diverge from their original guiding principle, free improvisation, on their second album either. However, this ship is a unit that is steered together in the spirit of co-operation, and each of the four members have also contributed some material to the new album. All the tracks of CD 2 have been composed by the band together.
“The title and the idiom of the new album came into being very spontaneously,” says Pietilä. “We have prepared an imaginative voyage for the listener, but this is not the one and only way to approach the album. On the second CD we wanted to try out something new in terms of the sonic landscape.”
Indeed, Liberty Ship’s new sound is represented especially by the disc 2, where the group broadens their sonic horizon with the help of electronic effects. Indeed, The Wide Open Suite & Noises at Sea presents two sides of the group, complementing their earlier acoustic sound with an electronic dimension.