Handcrafted 7″x 5″ Case & Glass Mastered CD / Limited to 150 Hand-numbered Editions / Download code
‘Clutched in the Maw of the World’, the second full-length album from Alder & Ash, is as much maximal as it is minimal. It punctuates periods of barren calm with thunder and screams, before creeping back to the silence and the dusk. The album is comprised entirely of cello. ‘Clutched…’ combines traditional classical modalities with gnarled, heavily treated modern techniques to devastating affect. Glass, wood, rain, stone and air are all present in the music, from the crystalline notes of the “Merciless Dawn” to the unyielding crashes and lumbering slabs of distorted rhythm of “A Seat Amongst God and His Children.”
Alder & Ash treads on the experimental fringes of modern classical, perhaps too abrasive to play nice with the coy melodrama of the scene. Yet, the music has enough grit to take hold of lovers of doom, noise, and the like, perhaps winning over new fans of cello music from even the most hardened black metal die-hards.
The deluxe limited version in an edition of just 75 copies is composed of original pages from a 100 year old book on the work of the obscure 15th century printer and illustrator, Anton Sorg. The collaged and inked and stamped envelope, comes in a hand worked, outer translucent envelope…with a selection of his medieval drawings, a banded CD sleeve made from a page of heraldic crests, and a large double sided insert, complimenting both Master Sorg, and the musicians themselves.
Hexameron is a collaborative effort between Richard Moult, and David Colohan… both of whom play with the brilliant neo folk group, United Bible Studies, and each of whom is involved with numerous other projects either on their own, or with others. This is a profoundly and deeply felt imagined soundtrack to the remote places of pagan pilgrimages, early Christian Hermitages, and the wanderings of the ancient wastelands of their unique heritage. This beautiful interplay of piano, electronics, and treated guitar work will take you across these ancient vistas and into the religious wilds of a Europa long gone.
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Album comes as a 4GB USB card that has 8 tracks totaling almost 4 hours of music in high quality (2116 kbps) AIFF files. Also includes a HD video for the track Water And Me made by Ross Wood and Laura Maclean. – Top stuff!