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TWELVE THOUSAND DAYS – From the walled garden

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Release Date: 29.10.06.
After the extraordinary critical reception given to the last missive from Twelve Thousand Days, the duo of Martyn Bates (Eyeless in Gaza, Ann Clark, Scorn, Troum) and Alan Trench (Orchis, Temple Music) return with their third, full length album, and the first for the Polish Shining Day label, “From the walled garden” (lets don’t forget about “At the landgate” mcdr, which came first and its including three songs from the same session. They are only here). Following the same trajectory as “The devil in the grain“, the new album finds the pair once again traversing misty spheres far from the mundane, sending back snatched images and visions of the spirit of Albion, of upwardflying sparks drifting and wreathing in the chilly dawn updrafts,of clay, soil, the dank loam of the valleys, the bright, white light of the uplands and, above all, the view from the Walled Garden. Martyn Bates has never sounded in better voice than on this cycle of ten songs,backed with minimal yet luscious instrumentation from the duo aided and abetted on three tracks
by Stephen Robinson (The Beloved, Temple Music).The sound, as ever, is acoustically based with guitars and whistles underpinned by bow psalteries, bass, string machine, autoharp, ring modulator, glass harp, moseno, dulcimers, bells, e-bows, thumb piano and pixiphone.

“From the walled garden” – Ten Songs To Tear Your Heartstrings
Song by song:
“Who lives here” – a postcard from a strange land, where only ruins can be seen; the reality is very different…
“Ballad of the cutty wren” – trad arr twelve thousand days; we had wanted to record this for some time but had to rewrite the words first. Then we couldn’t capture the spirit so recorded it live and added a few overdubs. The cutty wren is borne back again…
“Song of slowsand” – the journey continues, the signs are all around us…
“Monument and effigy” – there is in every life a moment of perfect silence. Recognise it. Grasp it to you…
“All will fade” – some are fast, some are slow. A song from a forest…
“Sparklenight” – the visual equivalent of silence. A very optimistic song but with a very dark undercurrent. Will you answer the call?…
“Cries distant calling” – things speak to us in many ways. Whose fault is it if we don’t understand them?…
“Thistles” – thistles are survivors. They have deep roots. They twist and twine everywhere – chop them down and they will always come back. The seed of the thistle is carried aloft and grows where it settles be the land ever so barren…
“The cruel mother” – trad arr twelve thousand days; there was a lady lived in York who loved unwisely and murdered her own child. Like the cutty wren we had to perform this live to get away from its ‘standard’ status. The perfomance was much longer; we ran out of tape…
“Miracles beginning” – sun rises and flood the land. There is always renewal.

Edition 300 copies

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