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TEMPLE MUSIC - Songs of Absolution

Format: CD-R
Label & Cat.Number: Shining Day SHINE 03
Release Year: 2005
Note: hand painted sleeves, each one different, lim. 200
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"Ltd edition of 200 copies beautifully housed in a gatefold digiwallet, each one of which is an original artwork in acrylics from the Apocalypse Sunset series by Stephen Robinson and Alan Trench.
Art print insert and outer protective sleeve.
The second album by Temple Music is a pause for breath between the Volume One and Volume Two workings and the first recorded output of the project after expansion to a duo with Alan Trench (Orchis, 12000 Days, World Serpent etc) now joined by Stephen Robinson (Bug, The Beloved, Mutoid Waste).
Opening with the lyric beauty of Myrrh and Belladona (featuring Tibetan singing bowls and Pixiphone) the mood deepens with the elegiac drift of Eisendrang where, to a stately undertow of subterranean gongs, the loss of the past is mourned with a distant wail of feedback as a floating, spacious fx guitar duels with whistles and a bass Moseno flute.The mood changes again with Harmony Rosy Cross, a paean to a dead friend which features oddly out of kilter acoustic and electric guitars circling and spiralling, changing and unchanging ceaselessly and hypnotically, never quite resolving.Satyrion was written specifically as part of the soundtrack to HAXAN (Witchcraft Through The Ages)(1922) and first performed at a screening of the film on 01 07 05 ev.The atmospheric version here magisterially conjures the nightmare claustrophobia of Benjamin Christensons surreal and hallucinogenic masterpiece.The album continues claustrophobically to close with Thunder: Father of Bulls, a section of a much longer piece (an invocation to Poseidon) which showcases the band in a live setting with analogue synth, fx guitar and a bass delay system.
Despite - or because of - having so many disparate elements, the album is a cohesive whole and a joy to listen to (preferably around 3 o'clock in the morning). The dreamer will awake." [label info]