Posts Tagged ‘rise above records’

Album of the Day: Galley Beggar – Silence and Tears

Posted on Monday, May 18th, 2015

Lovingly pinched from The Active Listener: Kent based troubadours Galley Beggar unveil their third long player Silence and Tears and it is something rather special indeed.

Unashamedly following the path of classic acid folksters such as Mellow Candle, Mr Fox and Trees, but with their own peculiar and wyrd twist, this release is as accomplished a folk rock album as you will hear, with a few drops of English whimsy and gothic overtones added for good measure.

Named after a mischievous spirit in English folklore the band describe their mission as ‘to imagine the next phase of English folk-rock’.

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Opener ‘Adam And Eve’ is a Stone Angel / Caedmon styled mix of traditional folk with added wah-wah flourishes, Maria O’Donnell‘s distinctive and bewitching vocals and Celine Marshall‘s violin adding an earthy and timeless air. This is no simple homage to the folk rock of yesteryear; this is an original and, frankly, stunning album its own right.

The nine minute ‘Pay My Body Home’ recalls Liege and Lief’s ‘Reynardine’, its ringing and evocative guitar lines weaving in and out of O’Donnell‘s harmonised vocals. Haunting and epic, it is truly transporting; backwards guitar and vocal crescendos building the tension to thrilling heights that manage to be both dark and celebratory. ‘Empty Sky’s flanged guitar is more contemplative and reminds this listener of the early years of All About Eve, albeit with added oomph.

Recorded in analogue at the famous Toe Rag studios (used by The White Stripes and Tame Impala amongst others) the band’s sound is crystalline and powerful with a warm vintage feel that perfectly suits their muse. The traditional ‘Jack And Orion’ is a rousing stomp of a song, violin and phased mandolin adding an otherworldly, psychedelic and spirited layer to the track.

‘Geordie’ is a sombre, stately and melancholy waltz, the band’s version easily a match for Trees classic take on this English ballad. Galley Beggar slip effortlessly from full on psych folk to reflective and ghostly airs with ease, both are clearly in their blood.

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Lucifer To Touch The Darkest Recesses of Our Souls at Ivar Bjørnson’s and Einar “Kvitrafn” Selvik’s Houses of the Holistic at Roadburn 2015

Posted on Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

We’re excited to announce the timely and welcome return of Johanna Sadonis, as she brings her newest manifestation, Lucifer, to Houses of the Holistic. She will touch the darkest recesses of our souls at Ivar Bjørnson‘s and Einar “Kvitrafn” Selvik‘s curated Roadburn event on Friday, April 10 at the 013 […]

Chocks Away With Admiral Sir Cloudesely Shovell at Roadburn 2015!

Posted on Thursday, January 29th, 2015

‘Airy ‘erberts Admiral Sir Cloudesly Shovell wowed ethusiasts of greasy balls-out ’70s rock with their very first sold-out 7″ for Rise Above back in 2011, followed by the one-two punch of a brace of albums – 2012‘s Don’t Hear It… Fear It! and last year’s not-so-difficult second album Check ‘Em Before […]

Album of the Day: Death Penalty – S/T

Posted on Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: He’s blessed us with the classics – Forest Of Equilibrium, The Ethereal Mirror, The Carnival Bizarre, Endtyme – the list goes on; as the main songwriter and penultimate “riff-finder general” for legendary doom outfit Cathedral, the name Gaz Jennings has been synonymous with skull […]

The Osiris Club & Zoltan To Bring Their Cinematic Feel To Roadburn Festival 2015

Posted on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

We’re thrilled to annouce that The Osiris Club & Zoltan will bring their cinematic feel to the 20th edtion of Roadburn Festival, set for April 9 – 12 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands. Taking the best parts of 1970s progressive rock – just think King Crimson and […]

Album of the Day: Rog & Pip – Our Revolution

Posted on Friday, June 6th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: Like a lot of “lost” groups the origins of Rog & Pip are winding and complicated. The duo of Roger Lomas and Philip “Pip” Whitcher trace their origins back to mid-’60s Coventry outfit The Sorrows, which found success not in the UK, but in Italy, […]

Album of the Day: Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell – Check ‘Em Before You Wreck ‘Em

Posted on Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: The old adage “never judge a book by it’s cover” could just as easily apply to albums, and yet the artwork for Check ‘Em Before You Wreck ‘Em, Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell’s second full length effort, seems to perfectly belie its musical content. The […]

Album of the Day: Horisont – Time Warriors

Posted on Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Horisont are yet another shining example of just how good the modern music scene is in Sweden. Presumably Richie Blackmore and KK Downing have being taking over music classes with a countless amount of great bands emerging from the same places that gave us […]

Album of the Day: Age Of Taurus – Desperate Souls Of Tortured Times

Posted on Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: The words “hotly anticipated” do not even come close to summing up how I have been salivating to hear this album. I remember many moons ago, I ran into the right honourable Reverend Riddell outside a gig (Grand Magus and Electric Wizard, I think?) […]

Album of the day: Hidden Masters – Of This And Other Worlds

Posted on Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Lovingly pinched from Brandish: In case it has escaped your attention there is a bit of psych revival going on at the moment with thousands of bands from all across their world aping their 60s heroes in creating trippy, yet hook-filled soundscapes. A lot of those bands take the easy […]

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