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John Cratchley Taking phrases and cadences,motifs and harmonic snippets from ancient songs and then re-examining them in the context of modern tempo,colourings,textures and techniques; Laura Cannell and Andre Bosman breathe new life and fire into these melodies,aires and ruminations.The effect is practically at cellular level for the listener...this music is familiarly unfamiliar and the more haunting for it.
I like the way they attack the music;not so much with reverence but gusto and verve. This music is meant to live and not to be consigned to the dusty vaults of historical musicology!

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  • Ruminantia by Horses Brawl CD in Digipak
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    The 4th Full Album from Horses Brawl
    Card digi studpak CD, original painting by André Bosman, photo by Dougal Waters.

    "suffused with a bleak beauty... via a deliberately restricted palette of sonorities, rhythms, pitch and range, and subversively non-standard techniques, with fiddle scrapings, knocks and rattles and a bowed guitar, the listener is led into a state of menaced trance. The pervasive drones render many of the cadences points of unrest, while sounds of breathing, or mutterings – like the noise of insects or the rustle of feathers – envelop and corrupt the innocence of the original melodies. ‘Brid one Brere’, reputedly the oldest know English love song, can stand as an example. The tune is sketched out, its texture is thickened by parallel open fifths, before it collapses into a haunted, scrubbing ostinato, with harmonium and violin frantic, almost despairing, until the piece simply disappears. Even “Isabella Dansa Alta’, the most overtly dance-like track of all, has the air of a fever-dream. There is little comfort in this music, but it’s a powerful, absorbing, and oddly cleansing experience.”

    "The album was recorded using single takes, and the resultant sound is therefore both impressive and raw, unimpeded by over-production or perfectionism. That is not to say there is anything rough though, this is a striking set of tunes played with skill."

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The 4th Album from Horses Brawl, with a new line-up.

The duo of Laura Cannell (fiddles/recorders) and Andre Bosman (Indian Harmonium/guitar /acoustic bass guitar), looks set to enchant even more audiences with their rustic sounds and instrumental virtuosity. Their music is deeply rooted in the past, drawing inspiration from traditional and medieval folk and their original sound is quickly winning them fans throughout the world. With glowing album reviews from the UK and international press, their fresh
approach to folk hints at minimalism, improvisation and tradition; unearthing fragments of lost or forgotten tunes they reinvigorate them to create mesmerizing and spellbinding new pieces.


released April 7, 2012

Laura Cannell - fiddle and recorder
André Bosman - guitar, acoustic bass guitar and Indian harmonium


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Brawl Records UK

Brawl Records is an independent UK label est. 2005. It is run by musician Laura Cannell & a small team of magical assistants. Brawl's releases have been reviewed & featured in The Guardian, The Times, Financial Times, The Wire, The Quietus, MOJO, Songlines, Record Collector and more.
And are regularly broadcast on BBC and international Radio.

International distribution is by Cargo.
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