"The album represents a journey into a sacred temple. There are four gates, each with different challenges or gatekeepers. The seeker circles the temple until finding a way in. In the seeker's mind the gates and challenges are sequential. Once inside the temple and its inner sanctum, the seeker can see that the four gates are indivisible from the whole structure, and all have equal importance, not just the gate that was used to enter the temple (and anyway, the fourth gate seems suspiciously similar to the first...would things be different for another seeker, approaching the gates differently? Or would entrance only ever be allowed once all gates have been visited?). The resulting knowledge hopefully causes one to dance between gates, trials, without worry.
The drawing is a section of larger drawing and sequence by Masaharu Takasaki and Eiji Takasu from Japan Architect 53 Feb 1978, 14. It is titled "Confusion" or "Plan", with no further explanation as to the utility or building. To me, it looks like a temple with four gates, surrounding a courtyard and inner sanctum."
~ Ian MacLean (aka Forager)
"Forager doesn’t ask you to make your mind peaceful before their spaceship noises begin. The new release, 'Sorrow and joy throng the gate, weal and woe in the same land' is a welcome adjustment to the collection of buzzing cogs of daily life that go in and out of our ears all day long .... If you like your listening minimal, this will do it for you, with bows on.The record Forager has made will satisfy cold weather days and quiet moments. Like I said at the beginning, the album doesn’t demand that you come to it with a quiet mind, but I’d like to think you’ll finish listening to it with a sense of breadth and breath."
~ Gray Owl Point
released September 25, 2016
Guitar — Ian MacLean. Self recorded, no overdubs.
Thank you to Chantal and friends for love and support.