Rebecca Pidgeon Releasing Her 10th Album This September

On her tenth full-length album of sensuous art pop, Parts of Speech Pieces of Sound, storyteller, singer, multi-instrumentalist, and actress Rebecca Pidgeon taps into the ongoing communication between body, mind and spirit through vibrations and energy. Recorded in Los Angeles with co-producer Fernando Perdomo, the ten tracks here illuminate the connection between her art and her explorations of the sacred science behind yoga practice. Parts of Speech Pieces of Sound is being released on CD, digital download and via streaming platforms on Hot Milk Records, September 24.

The music, performed by Rebecca on multiple instruments, along with Perdomo (bass, guitar, keys], Andy Studer (strings), Matt Tecu (drums), and Satnam Ramgotra (tablas), shares aesthetic space with the ambitious, elaborate, cinematic work that made Kate Bush an icon, tempered with the hypnotic, atmospheric dreamscaping that artists like Weyes Blood and FKA Twigs have drawn from Enya.

The themes stem from Pidgeon’s devotion to yoga. She had been a lifelong practitioner, but the COVID lockdown afforded Rebecca the opportunity to immerse herself still more deeply. Rebecca started listening to the online teachings of world-renowned yogic scholar Sri Prashant Iyengar, additionally participating in remote classes originating in Mumbai. “These teachings led me into all sorts of realms of exploration I’ve never been in before in yoga,” she reflects. Parts of Speech Pieces of Sound emerged from these investigations.

In a dream, she found herself singing a haunting melody line to a drumbeat played by a shadowy figure. Upon waking, Pidgeon recognized the connection between the music and her studies at the time, composing album opener “Now Begins” with the first three sutras of Patanjali at its core. On the track, delicate acoustic guitar brushes up against her heavenly vocals enveloped with organic production flourishes, giving way to an absorbing mantric chant.

“The idea to conjure up a bunch of songs based around chakra theory came to me afterwards,” recalls Rebecca. “Chakras are energy centers in the body, but they’re also tied in with the five Elements and have their own deities. I ultimately connected many of the songs to these centers.”

She proceeded to compose the songs in the order they appear on the finished Parts of Speech Pieces of Sound. “Blue Lagoon” is based on another dream, this one tied to water. On the first single “Silent Sound. while strings wrap around a steady beat, her voice flutters around lyrics referencing the throat chakra and aether, as she pledges “And in my deepest sleep, I’ll meet with you beloved, and I will sing my songs to you.” The album ends with “Clouds Are Clearing.” Pidgeon declares, “I’m giving a prayer of gratitude to my guru. I thought it was an appropriate ending to the record because whatever has come to me, I owe to my teachers. I’ve had a happy journey creating this record from my yoga studies.”