United Bible Studies return to Deep Water with what may be one
of the crowning achievements of their ongoing musical journey. Since 2001 the
Ireland/UK-based experimental folk ensemble has explored sounds ranging from
traditional balladry to avant-garde noise; and while So As To Preserve The Mystery features plenty of the haunting vocal
melodies and collective improvisation for which the group is known, it also
rises beyond any genre and stylistic limits via an extended compositional logic
that feels both centuries old and brand new. Alchemically marrying lo-fi
psychedelic drones with sweeping orchestral arrangements, poetic folk song and
classical structures; all in support of heartfelt paeans to nameless gods,
apocalyptic requiems for the new/old world, and an overwhelming sense of wonder
at the natural beauty of Éire and the Western Isles; this
is United Bibles Studies at their transcendent finest. Seven tracks, 40
We're huge fans of the Irish collective known as United Bible Studies , so it's a great pleasure to be able to bring back one of the best of their earlier limited releases. Originally out on the group's own Deserted Village label in 2005 and OOP since around then, Airs of Sun and Stone documents a complete live set recorded at a Limerick arts festival in an old church on a Sunday morning. One extended improvisational piece (nearly 40 minutes) by a special quartet version of the group (plus dance troupe), featuring harp, guitars, piano, and percussion, it's a perfect avant-folk morning raga. This edition features a complete sonic remaster and lovely new cover art.
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