Arborea & Stone Breath
Arborea is a musical duo from Maine, formed in the summer of 2005 by wife and husband Shanti Curran and Buck Curran. Since 2007 they’ve toured extensively throughout the US, UK, and Europe, curated two various artists compilations; We are All One, In the Sun: A Tribute to Robbie Basho and Leaves of Life, and released several full length albums including their latest Red Planet which made Rolling Stone ‘Best Under-the-Radar Albums of 2011’, Top Vinyl Pick in Mojo, Portland Phoenix Top Ten Albums of 2011, Uncut Magazine’s Top 100 Albums of 2011, and Editors Top Pick in Guitar Player Magazine. Portland Mercury writer Ned Lannamann recently described their music…”If you could take a shiver and slow it down so that it lasted for 50 minutes, you’d have Red Planet, the fourth album from Arborea. It’s folk music that runs through your veins ice cold, but in a way that’s so compelling and irresistible you can’t help be moved by it. Shanti’s voice rises above sparse instrumental backing like a cool fog, and while the pair has earned comparisons to acts like Pentangle and Alela Diane, to me Arborea sounds utterly unique and entirely captivating.”
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Stone Breath began in 1995, becoming internationally influential from their home base in southern PA, with a unique blend of Appalachian mountain music and the spiritual psychedelic folk of the Incredible String Band that incorporated various ethnic and esoteric influences from around the world. After the group went on hiatus in the early 2000s, the band’s guiding spirit Timothy, Revelator hardly rested on his laurels, recording and playing solo and with various ensembles including Crow Tongue, and the Spectral Light and Moonshine Firefly Snakeoil Jamboree.
Now Stone Breath is back and stronger than ever. Without losing track of their original sound, the new edition of the group is darker, heavier, and more focused. Clawhammer banjo mixes with Middle Eastern rhythms and fingerpicked acoustic guitars, instrumental textures added by dulcimers, bouzouki, Celtic harp, hand drums, flutes and whistles, with haunting harmonies lifting the vocals. Their dark, strange, and beautiful songs exist in a world outside normal genre boundaries; forest hymns, earth folk, nature poetry, and Eastern-influenced rural acid folk inspired by visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
“If yooz searching for compelling bare-arsed Wicker Man chants, Odinist tales of one-eyed sages, and banjo-driven odes to Devil children, then look no further than Brother Revelator and his righteous ensemble Stone Breath.” – Julian Cope, Head Heritage, March 2012 review of Stone Breath The Night Bird’s Psalm CD
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