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‘Run Far, Run Fast’ – Behind the music…

‘Run Far, Run Fast’ – Behind the music…
‘Run Far, Run Fast’ – Behind the music…

This is a little explanation of the story behind one of my tracks – when narrator Peter Yearsley kindly and brilliantly voiced my instrumental track ‘Run Far, Run Fast’.

Peter has narrated many free Librivox audiobooks, including Poe, Shelley, M.R. James, Wordsworth, Shakespeare and the Brothers Grimm. This is a link to his Librivox recordings.

I had the main music of this track written, and thought how well it would suit a spoken introduction.

Huge credit must go to my friend Rebecca Green who specially wrote a brilliant ‘excerpt’ from a larger, imagined story. I wanted it to be very dramatic, wintery, evocative and climactic, and she made it exactly that. It was quite an ask to want just a single fragment of an entire story and I was so impressed with what she wrote.

I’d listened to Peter’s work a lot, especially at night, loved his voice and wrote to him to ask if he would be interested in providing narration. He was extremely polite and friendly and I was thrilled when he agreed. He recorded at his home and sent me a few takes, until we got this final version, which I love. He added such gravitas and class to this rich, dark little tale. I particularly like the way he says ‘like so much blood.’ 😉

My sincere thanks to both Peter and Rebecca.

‘Run Far, Run Fast’ is taken from my EP ‘Chiral’, available here:



Words by Rebecca Green.

As he stood within the small sphere of light given off by the streetlamp on that freezing winter night, his face fell, in realisation of the consequences of his actions.

The crooked old crone with the dirty grey hair chuckled gleefully at what she had orchestrated, and disappeared down the dark street, her long red shawl trailing in the snow like so much blood.

As she tottered away he heard one last sentence drift back to him upon the breeze…

“She said you were soft-hearted.”

He stood, watching after her, one thought surging terribly through his mind…

He had caused this to be. Anything that may have happened to those he loved was completely and truly his fault.

A series of tragic and unfortunate events had been put into place like dominoes and, just like those small, spotted, rectangular tiles, all had begun to fall once the first piece had been so purposefully nudged.

Thrown into action by the threat of losing all that he held dear, he started to run; hoping against hope that he would arrive in time to stop this insanity.


Free tracks + more

Free tracks + more

Hey there,

So I’m still bobbing around out here, not entirely dropped off the world..  right now sifting through a mountain of new and unreleased tracks and deciding on some kind of ‘EP 8’.. which is pleasant.. On a whim I’ve posted up these two pieces ‘Venture’ and ‘Shard’, and they’re free for now. So grab em while they’re up..!

I’m looking to post more new tracks soon. There’s a lot of new music waiting, that I would love you to hear.. so I may just release tracks individually instead of putting together a whole album.. we’ll see.

Also, a very lovely new single ‘Stand To Fall’ is recorded and should be available quite soon.

You can download ‘Venture’ free (or pay something if you like) here:

And ‘Shard’ is free (or pay something if you like) here:

Paaliaq is a labour of love rather than any source of income, so unfortunately it takes a backseat to the rest of my skint life. On that note, please feel free to purchase any of my albums and EPs at It’s incredibly appreciated and helps support future music.

Lastly, if you or anyone you know is looking for music for film/tv/animation/adverts/anything, please visit my other site Kaleidoscores, where you can find about 40 compositions for licensed purchase.. or if you just want to hear the music!

Phew.. enough of me.. enjoy.

Octopus – New Video!

Octopus – New Video!

Hi everyone, this is the wonderful video for my track ‘Octopus’.

It was created by my good friend Rebecca, under her animation name ‘Xylophone Avalanche’. It’s taken a while for me to put it online, and I’m very glad to finally show it here.

She drew and animated this with a ton of creativity, style and sheer artistic excellence, turning my rather random ‘speak n spell’ tune into some sort of elegant, imagined computer game.

It really is cool. Thank you Becky.

‘Octopus’ is taken from my EP ‘Abst’, available here:

– Enjoy.

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Hey there, hope you’re all fine and dandy.

Since it was such a lovely Spring day today (in London) I’m posting up ‘Dulcibell’, meaning ‘sweetness’.

It’s a new instrumental track.. quite simple, but one that I like very much. Hope it brings sweetness your way.

– Enjoy.




‘Keepsake’ is a track by Paaliaq that is based around the Idioverse song ‘Scraping The Paint’.

It was written and recorded a few years ago and it just popped up on shuffle today, prompting me to exclaim ‘I really, really like this. Why has no-one else heard it?!’

And so…

Music/Vocals by Paaliaq.