Independent release - August 2018
Hiraeth – (n.) a homesickness for a home to which you cannot return, a home which maybe never was; the nostalgia, the yearning, the grief for the lost places of your past.
Through the exploration of this word above, Joel Porter's sophomore album 'Hiraeth EP' became a project that led him to places of homesickness tinged with grief. A project that is unfortunately tied to the loss of his grandfather Anthony, who is featured in the introduction of the album. 'Hiraeth' carries themes of longing, yearning, nostalgia, wistfulness, and an earnest desire for a life or place from the past. After months of reflection and exploration, it became clear that certain periods of life carry an awareness… a growth… a struggle in letting go of the good things that have come and gone. And in a response to this newfound awareness, Joel crafted an ode to the places he remembered so vividly, but could not touch… to his family living and deceased, his prairie heritage, a home in North Dakota, the beauty found in open spaces, the good and bad memories, and the process of growing from people and places of the past that are no longer here.
To accompany the release of this album, Joel partnered with Bryan Hempstead to create an album-length film that explores the lessons and themes expressed within the music. The full album and film was premiered at the North Dakota based creative company Makewell's multi-media gallery pop-up event, A Prairie Hiraeth, in August 2018, at CoStudio in Joel's hometown of Bismarck, ND.
Written by Joel Porter, produced by Eric Hillman (Foreign Fields), Mixed by Joseph Visciano (Electric Lady Studios), Mastered by Ed Woods, Album Artwork by Andrew Cadima, Photography by Bryan Hempstead (Bryan Hempstead Media) and Audy Rietz
Official Hiraeth EP FilmHireath film written by Joel Porter, Cinematography by Bryan Hempstead (Bryan Hempstead Media), Edited by Charles Davis Weeks (Print Pictures), Partially funded by the Dakota West Arts Council and private sponsors from the Bismarck, North Dakota community.