TWELVE THOUSAND DAYS – At the landgate
TWELVE THOUSAND DAYS – “At the landgate”
SHINING DAY (PL / UK) SHINE 02 (reissue) OUT NOW
SIGNED, NUMBERED EDITION OF 78 ONLY ON VIOLET DISC
This is the reissue of sold out “At the landgate” Mcdr from the otherworldly realm inhabited by Martyn Bates (Eyeless In Gaza) and Alan Trench (Orchis, Temple Music), The first since the splendid “Devil In The Grain” album and a taster for “From the Walled Garden”.
Twelve Thousand Days have been playing live, and it shows; although this is a studio recording the sound is both immediate
and delicate, with Bates’ sublime vocals shimmering over a cornucopia of plucked and blown instruments and ethereal guitars.
Clocking in at 20 minutes, this is more a mini album than an ep; the first track, Christmas and May is something of an epic,
moving through several distinct parts while hallucinatory spoken word parts phase in and out, while the gorgeous title track soughs
and sighs with the immensity of loss. The closer is the duos take on the trad I Once Loved A Lass, though with a dark and foreboding air of menace. The album is housed in a beautifully presented textured booklet with a front cover by Charles Altamont Doyle whilst the back is a detail from the frescoes depicting the descent of sinners into hell from the Rila monastery in Bulgaria, while pictures of Trench and Bates are on the inside pages.
The numbered (78 ONLY) and signed insert (also on textured stock) by Martyn Bates and Alan Trench completes a package which beautifully complements the music, with the whole housed in a plastic wallet. Print throughout is full colour. The attention to detail on ths release is destined to make it an extremely desirable collectable.