Trip to Paris

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    "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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Based on a traditional English country dance tune from Playfords Dancing Master.


from Ruminantia, released April 7, 2012


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Brawl Records is a UK based independent record label founded in 2005. It was created initially to release the music of experimental folk and early band Horses Brawl.

The Brawl label’s ethos is to release music which draws on experimental, folk, improvisation, medieval, renaissance and contemporary music.
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