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Bastard Mountain - Farewell, Bastard Mountain (2014) Lossless

23-07-2014, 08:59
Folk | FLAC / APE

Bastard Mountain - Farewell, Bastard Mountain (2014) Lossless

Artist: Bastard Mountain
Title Of Album: Farewell, Bastard Mountain
Year Of Release: 2014
Label: Song, by Toad
Genre: Folk
Quality: FLAC
Total Time: 44:23 min
Total Size: 237 MB


1. Meadow Ghosts (5:17)
2. Drone Armatrading (5:54)
3. The Mill (4:17)
4. Swam Like Sharks (3:18)
5. Something On Your Mind (3:47)
6. Pissing On Bonfires (4:43)
7. Old Habits (3:30)
8. Palisade (6:38)
9. My Crime (2:45)
10. New Boy (4:17)

Bastard Mountain are: Neil Pennycook & Pete Harvey from Meursault, Jill O’Sullivan from Sparrow and the Workshop & Body Parts, Rory Sutherland Broken Records, singer-songwriter Rob St. John from eagleowl & Meursault and Reuben Taylor from James Yorkston & the Athletes.

Farewell, Bastard Mountain was recorded in October 2012. Jill, Neil and Rob each brought three songs, one to sing themselves, and one each for the other two vocalists to sing. Over the course of a week the group wrote and recorded music to go with these new versions, the result of which is Farewell, Bastard Mountain.

It's a record full of drones and textures, but not as dark and oppressive as that might lead you to imagine. Instead, the semi-improvised nature, live recording and playfulness of the album gives the record a real lightness and sense of unity, to the extent that the vinyl has been pressed without any track breaks at all, as it all just fits seamlessly together as a single piece of work.

This approach to collaborative music was inspired by the Cold Seeds album we did several years ago with Animal Magic Tricks, King Creosote and Meursault. That album was more ad-hoc, there was no real plan for how it was going to happen, the music was almost entirely improvised and it all sort of fell together by happy accident.

This time around we wanted to reproduce that level of experimentation and excitement, but once the musicians got together it turned into something more like a conventional band. They may not have had much time, but they still rehearsed everything a little and then recorded the bulk of each song live, playing off each other to mitigate the uncer- tainty of trying to record a song they’d only learned a couple of hours ago.

The results are absolutely beautiful, with new takes on older songs as well as new and previously unheard tunes by all three main songwriters, as well as a first ever officially released song by Rory Sutherland which we all liked so much we’re pushing him to write a solo record as soon as possible.

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