bird by snow Songbread / Another Ocean (CD + CD EP, £12.50)label: Gnome Life
Ten free-pop mantras, ancient babies of modern song. In this record-world we find BBS harvesting perspectives in an old-growth forest of ontology & swimming joyfully in wide-wonder-waters of multi-instrumentalism. Cellos, drones, pianos, field-recordings, tape-collage & all manner of drumming, strumming & singing confer and conspire here. Many of these songs have been two years in the making, grown and regrown on musical tours through the generous world. Songs with fresh-washed faces, and crow’s feet in the corners of their eyes. Bird By Snow walks the tightrope between several worlds; the natural and the manmade constructs, the eternal and the temporal, the spirit and the flesh. His songs spilling out like wood smoke hanging low over a cool morning meadow. Weather, wind, fire, water and air, acoustic instruments and nuanced amplification illuminating the inter-connections. Exploring personal and universal identities with an understated yet sometimes quite grand grace and organically natural ease, almost like these songs sound like they just happened rather than being crafted and created. This beautiful ten song set is a perfect complement to his first two albums, and continues and expands upon his vision. Gatefold, all cardboard (post-consumer recycled) jacket, with beautiful printing and, best of all, 20 minutes more music with an additional bonus EP tacked on!
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