Tor and multi-instrumentalist, Leila Abdul-Rauf (Vastum / Hammers of Misfortune / formerly of Amber Asylum) first got in touch in late 2011. Their exchanges eventually led to a musical collaboration of both like-minded artists joining in to illustrate their unique and personal visions of nature, life and art.During a visit to Lundvall's home in May 2012, Leila wrote a spontaneous track on Tor's Winter Piano entitled Ibis.
Tor recorded and engineered the track along with Leila's vocals. Later that month, Lundvall added various sounds and ambient washes to the mix. A solo version of Ibis, featuring the original piano / vocals but with additional horn, was released on Abdul-Rauf's debut LP Cold and Cloud on Saadi Saati Records in 2013 (Lundvall also designed the sleeve and created the cover art for this LP).
The earlier, collaborative version of Ibis has remained unreleased until now. It was agreed that a 7" was the perfect format.On the reverse, Lundvall has written a new piece entitled Quiet Seaside constructed around Abdul-Rauf's guitar riffs which Lundvall also recorded during her 2012 visit.
The track captures Tor's signature lush keyboard and ambient whirl. The early mix was sent to Leila who worked in her slow-moving brass performance and textured tone scales to make this work as introspective as it is beautiful.