1597, "decorated entrance of a building," from M.Fr. frontispice, probably from It. frontespizio and L.L. frontispicium "facade," originally "a view of the forehead, judgment of character through facial features," from L. frons (gen. frontis) "forehead" + specere "to look at" (see scope (1)). Sense of "illustration facing a book's title page" first recorded 1682.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Liner: Parkin said that the collection resembled miniature cartoons or childrens illustrations gone cranky. "Each and everyone is a little snowglobe, surreal, not quite as peachy and perfect as you'd like but very pretty without being dumb."
2010 and 2011 were important productive years for Parkin, whose work earned him more of an international reputation. Parkin admitted to being unhappy alot of time while he says he "struggled to maintain creative control over his sound and his image with a new label, an interesting cast of industry characters, and a record business that he called "an absolute fucking nightmare." The allusion to the Title Frontispieces or Frontispicium suggests that all the main definitions would fit:
1. An illustration that faces or immediately precedes the title page of a book, book section, or magazine.
3. A façade, especially an ornamental façade.
4. A small ornamental pediment, as on top of a door or window.
5. Archaic A title page.
Obscure, ferociously abstract and hard-boiled literary references in his piano pieces is something the composer is well known for. He's obviously very talented, and probably very complicated.
The album was officially dedicated to one of his mentors, esteemed Canadian pianist, Susan DuBerg.