Listen to Alexander Turnquist’s Bright, Twinkling “Finding the Butterfly”

Wondering Sound Staff

By Wondering Sound Staff

on 06.03.14 in News

Alexander Turnquist’s “Finding the Butterfly” is so light and beautiful and elegant, so full of warmth, you’d be hard-pressed to guess the album it comes from, Turnquist’s forthcoming Flying Fantasy, was born of hardship. As he tells Grayson Currin in an interview for Pitchfork, Turnquist’s ulnar nerve seized up during the early stages of writing the record, resulting in a loss of control of the pinky on his left hand — the hand he used to work the fretboard of his guitar. Surgery, physical therapy and a long recuperation followed, but two years later, Tornquist was able to resume work on the record. “Finding the Butterfly” is a stunning example of what he accomplished. It’s a lovely, sparkling song that progresses from a crystalline arpeggio to a center that glows and swells, centered around a gently-waltzing violin line. It feels like a long sigh of relief.