Friday, November 4, 2011

The Dreamlike States of UNITED BIBLE STUDIES - FEF2 - SOLD OUT

Having being asked to play at the seventh Terrastock Festival in Louisville, Kentucky, United Bible Studies embarked on a three-week tour of the USA alongside Oxford-based folk singer Sharron Kraus. This cassette is compiled from recordings of those 2008 shows. 

This is arguably the most comprehensive UBS release to date, representing both the psychedelic, improvisatory side of the band as well as their roots in traditional song, along with some surprises, such as an ethereal version of John Dowland's Flow My Tears. It's also unique due to the prominent presence of the aforementioned Kraus, and marks the first UBS appearances from Michael Tanner (Plinth, Mark Fry) who has gone on to become a key member of the band. David Colohan, Richard Moult, Áine O'Dwyer, Gavin Prior, and Tuula Voutilainen complete the core lineup, and guests include Jesse Poe and members of Khouetek and Talbam. The album ends with sax colossus Paul Flaherty being coaxed onto a New Haven stage for a visceral 14-minute blowout. 

This eclectic, sprawling, ragged album works as a reflection of the tour in microcosm. It contains 16 tracks in 83 minutes, and includes a download code (including extra artwork). Cover art by AntimonyMedia. 

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