Tuesday, February 14, 2012

ÁINE O'DWYER - Music for Church Cleaners - FEF4 - 2nd Edition SOLD OUT

Áine O'Dwyer hails from Pallasgreen, Co Limerick, and is currently based in London. She is best known as a harpist, and has worked with United Bible Studies, The Cloisters, Mark Fry, The A Lords, Richard Moult and Piano Magic among others.

Last year Áine recorded a series of improvisations on the organ in St Mark's Church, Islington - as the title suggests, in the presence of the (occasionally audible) cleaning staff. The eight pieces are meditative and often melancholic, driven by Áine's strong melodic and structural sensibility, and drenched in the rich Gothic ambience of the space. The spirit of John Cage is evident both in the minimalist approach and in an openness to serendipitous (and comical) interjections from cleaners and stray children. An album of tremendous depth, power and beauty.

1/1. Pedal Danse (7.12)  1/2. The Feast of Fools (9.50)   1/3. In A Fugue State Of Mind (4.25)   1/4. Harold Campings Lament (5.30)   2/1. For The Souls Of Our Fleas (3.18)  2/2. The Little Lord Of Misrule (7.23)  2/3. An Unkindness Of Ravens (4.37) 2/4. The Chapel On The Hill (1.37)

Numbered edition of 100. Contains photo insert. Artwork by Áine O 'Dwyer.

WOVEN SKULL - Moods of the Hill People - FEF3 - SOLD OUT

Woven Skull formed in 2008 and are based in Co. Leitrim, consisting of core members Natalia, Aonghus and Willie, and occasional guests. Their mostly acoustic, recurrent, and resonant sounds and structures are inspired by the woods and bogs that surround them. 

'Moods of the Hill People' was recorded last year at Drumnadubber Wood and in St John's Church, Drumshambo, and is reminiscent of the pastoral side of Faust, Amon Düül  or Ghost (Jpn), but with an aggressively minimalist and repetitive slant. At times it could pass for an unusually focused '60s commune jam. Elsewhere the impression is of something far more and ancient and ritualistic. Mesmeric, mantric and mysterious.