• stone breath / mike seed and the language of light The Aetheric Lamp (LP, £15.50)

    label: Hand/Eye

    Stone Breath's first release since their triumphant return with "The Shepherdess and the Bone-White Bird" - "The Aetheric Lamp" finds them exploring similar territory to the expansive Middle Eastern influenced sounds of that previous record. Intricate and driving - half composed and half improvised - tense and intense - beautiful and terrifying. Thematically, the songs explore angelic spirits - but this is no New Age fluff - this holds more in common with the angels of the Old Testament and the works of John Dee. The inimitable Mike Seed and Language of Light bring a collection of songs drifting from the downright dark and haunting to the decidedly wyrd-folk imbued with a profound sense of introspection and occult mystery in melodies reminiscent of English folk ballad or early liturgical hymns. Language of Light, with what can only be described as avant-drone and folk strangeness, lend an ethereal backdrop to this elegant release. This is a limited edition of 350 - a co-release with AntiClock Records. Side A: Stone Breath I. Beautiful and Terrible II. Scorpion Tears III. The Skys Red Tongue Side B: Mike Seed with The Language of Light I. Commit to Water II. Grendel at Long Mynd III. Rough Old Night IV. Abrahams Guest V. For a Good Friend

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