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Format: maxi-CDR
Label & Cat.Number: Shining Day SHINE02
Release Year: 2005
Note: numbered ed. 200 copies !
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €10.00

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Drei neue Studio-Stcke des kreativen weird folk-Projekts von MARTYN BATES und ALAN TRENCH...romantisch, poetisch, dster, folkig... auf einem neuen polnischen Label.
This is the latest missive from the otherworldly realm inhabited by Martyn Bates (Eyeless In Gaza) and Alan Trench (Orchis, Temple Music), the first since the splendid Devil In The Grain album and a taster for the forthcoming From the Walled Garden. Twelve Thousand Days have been playing live, and it shows; although this is a studio recording the sound is both immediate and delicate, with Bates sublime vocals shimmering over a cornucopia of plucked and blown instruments and ethereal guitars. Clocking in at vv minutes, this is more a mini album than an ep; the first track, Christmas and May is something of an epic, moving through several distinct parts while hallucinatory spoken word parts phase in and out, while the gorgeous title track soughs and sighs with the immensity of loss. The closer is the duos take on the trad I Once Loved A Lass, though with a dark and foreboding air of menace.
The album is housed in a beautifully presented textured booklet with a front cover by Charles Altamont Doyle whilst the back is a detail from the frescoes depicting the descent of sinners into hell from the Rila monastery in Bulgaria, while pictures of Trench and Bates are on the inside pages. The numbered insert (also on textured stock) completes a package which beautifully complements the music., with the whole housed in a plastic wallet. Print throughout is full colour. The attention to detail on ths release is destined to make it an extremely desirable collectable. [label description]