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Under the Sleeping Willow

by Optional

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Funeral 06:24
Apogee 05:27
Renewal 03:13
Dusk 03:04


The debut solo album, Under the Sleeping Willow, is a prog rock concept album focused on the protagonist's mental health and their battle with obstacles inside their mind.

Recorded over the pandemic at Highfield Studios, Under the Sleeping Willow is about love, fear, and conquering uncertainty.


released November 25, 2022

All music written and performed by Derek J. Smith except:
All percussion and rhythm guitar on Renewal performed by Johnny D’Elia
All music recorded at Highfield Studios
Lake sounds recorded in Bayfield, Ontario in Sept. 2019
Mixed and Mastered by Johnny D’Elia at Highfield Studios
Produced by Derek J. Smith & Johnny D’Elia

Artwork by Larry Smith
Film & Photography by Kendall Smith


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From Ontario, Canada.

Vehemence EP January 8th, 2021

Under the Sleeping Willow LP November 25th, 2022

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