Since you’re headed to Japan, I’ll describe this one as a little haiku. Interesting and pleasant enough to leave an impression of images in my mind as different instruments come and go, but not enough for me to really analyze a universal meaning from it I think.
Though, I think the first 8 notes(2 chords) introduces what is needed to know the theme of this piece. You outline a B-flat major 7 chord in a way that allows the reverb to carry the d minor from within it since the root of the chord is not it's lowest tone. Then you outline the F Major with that lingering B-flat starting the motif of the second line. If those two notes can be telling, “A” and B-flat, semi-tones in melodies often illicit sadness, but because that’s within the context of two major chords, I would say the title of the piece is describing a sense of trying to hide it. Even the two semi-toned notes in the beginning can be heard in two chords when you have the haunting chant at 39-42 seconds. When the chord resolves to that C minor, my soul melts. It’s a feeling I would describe as a nostalgic pain that has been felt universally for centuries as it cannot be explained. Perhaps the sliding tones downward can mimic the cries of a mother losing their child and this has been engrained in our bones from the beginning of time. Whatever it may be, hiding the light seems to be the therapeutic thing to do at first. I can just listen to the opening 4 notes over and over, and appreciate your choice of arranging them. Sure the timbre of that sound helps, but there’s something simplistically beautiful in arranging a sound that states optimism and caution in the beginning of a track that later becomes filled with intrigue, awe, and sadness.
However, I do get a sense of airiness and light toward the end of it, but the title is “Hide the Light.” Well, the silliness of doing such a thing is comparable to harvesting water in our grips in the hopes that no drop will fall. Even if one could shut themselves away from the light outside, and to keep ourselves from volatilizing, this track can remind us that the light will not cease to permeate from within until our final breath.
Well, truly in the spirit of an haiku, one can simply enjoy three little lines upon first reading, or one can meditate on something deeper in between them. Thank you for it.
It would be nice have you two for tea or coffee sometime.