Friday, 18 August 2017

Let It Rock reviews "When Butterflies Scream"...

Many thanks to Dmitry Epstein for this fine review of "When Butterflies Scream"...

Much appreciated!
***
BEAU –When Butterflies Scream (Cherry Red 2017)

Breaking beauty upon a wheel, British troubadour tunes into the times.

Within his album-a-year stretch of late, Trevor Midgley may not offer a lot of melodic variety, yet it’s not the 12-string guitar ringing that’s been luring the listener towards the veteran’s oeuvre for decades now – it’s his erudite interest to a variety of subjects given to poeticizing. There was irony in "An Original Thought" whose release was followed by many serious events; that’s why “When Butterflies Scream” seems to steer away from explicit satire. Of course, as an Englishman, Beau couldn’t help but comment on Brexit, addressing the rift in “Who Pays The Ferryman?” to open his democracy-debating song cycle with a well-posed question which would logically land on “The Nightmare” where U.S. elections are evoked, so the “sleepwalking into a parallel zone” line can be this record’s leitmotif.

Its title coming from “Gerrymander Street Blockade” that explores the obstacles of lies, from Berlin onward, there’s a lot of routes mapped out by the singer yet only a few are paved with optimism. Even the deceptively apolitical drift of “Smilin’ Billy Lye” is about fickle fame – note the context-enriching mention of The Wall and The Tunnel in this piece – while the choristers in “The Mandarin” deliver a devil’s, not angelic, message. Not for nothing the protagonist of “It’s Only Just Begun” all but says, “Please, allow me to introduce myself,” as hypocrites come in flocks there to turn the likes of “The Promise” to tragedy. Unfortunately, we have no shelter from such dramas, so we’re all to become a part of “The Illegal” – refugees to nowhere, destined to hear butterflies scream and not able to help them, or ourselves.

Perhaps, it’s the only time that Beau doesn’t offer a way out of the dark. Hopefully, by the time his next album is released, the gloom will have been lifted.
***3/4

"When Butterflies Scream" - another FLAC issue...

Audiophile friends out there! 

Late to the party, but the excellent 7Digital are now offering "When Butterflies Scream" in FLAC (lossless) format

Yay!


"In The Court Of Conscience" - live video from "Recorded @ Rockers"...

This previously unseen vid of "In The Court Of Conscience" comes from the Beau "Recorded @ Rockers" session for Dandelion Radio on the hottest day in 2014!

And yes, the mini-album's still available!


Simfonica - "Song Of The Volcanoes"; download stats from AlbuMusic.com...

Interesting stat... after the Cathedral Transmissions CD sold out, AlbuMusic.com are reporting around 6000 downloads of Simfonica's "Song Of The Volcanoes" album. 

Watch this space - more Simfonica developments in the pipeline...


"Who Pays The Ferryman?" featured...

Many thanks to Arnaud Maisetti for this really elegant feature of "Who Pays The Ferryman?" from "When Butterflies Scream"

Greatly appreciated!


Beau / Tractor Studios Blue Plaque...

Memories are made of this; the blue plaque on Market Street in Heywood, Lancashire at the site of the old Tractor Studio where "Twelve Strings To The Beau" was recorded in 1975...



Friday, 4 August 2017

Nelson exhibiion - and a song...

Just visited the excellent Nelson exhibition at Norwich Castle. "Baron Nelson of the Nile and Burnham Thorpe"; sort of puts the Nile in its place! 

Hang on - I feel a song coming on...



Monday, 31 July 2017

Simfonica - "A Soldier's Declaration" - from the upcoming "Letters in Time" DVD...

A hundred years ago this morning, Passchendaele – the 3rd Battle of Ypres – began; the battle of which Siegfried Sassoon wrote, “I died in hell (they called it Passchendaele)”.

This is “A Soldier’s Declaration” from Simfonica’s upcoming “Letters in Time” DVD.

The piece was inspired by Sassoon’s impassioned statement under the same title, published in The Times of London on 28th July 1917 just three days before the battle started.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Flat Ed's last-ever "Popcast" show now on Mixcloud...

I’m sure y’all caught Flat Ed’s last ever Popcast show yesterday on Radio Ballade? 

However, if you happened to miss it – or want to listen to the programme again (and there was much good stuff to hear!) the full show is now up on Mixcloud

And if you want to hear that special tribute “1917 Revolution”, drop in around the 8mins 30secs mark for Ed’s intro. 

Enjoy!

Friday, 28 July 2017

Special "1917 Revolution" on final Popcast show...

Very sad to hear this week will be Flat Ed’s last ever Popcast show. 

Be sure to tune in (3 to 4pm UK time this afternoon) to say au revoir, and to hear a SPECIAL TRIBUTE VERSION OF “1917 REVOLUTION”

Thanks for all the great music Ed, and good luck for the future.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Big 12 re-strung...

Just re-strung Big 12 in anticipation of upcoming recording sessions. 

Coupla days to settle down, then time to rock 'n' roll...


Tuesday, 4 July 2017

A blast from the past...

Here's a piece of vintage vid - a live "My Star" on a static camera from 1982! 

A studio version came out on Angel Air's "Edge Of The Dark" back in 2009.



Simfonica - "Mayon" from "Song Of The Volcanoes" - the video...

After Fruits de Mer Records posted a couple of Simfonica videos ("Mother Russia" and "Hekla") on their channel, I got a couple of enquiries as to whether there were other videos from Simfonica's "Song Of The Volcanoes" set. Well, yes there are!

This is the previously unseen video for "Mayon". The track appeared on the album's CD and download, both of which came out on Cathedral Transmissions in 2016. 

After the CD sold out, this track (and the album) are now downloadable for free in FLAC, mp3 and other formats.

Enjoy!





Saturday, 1 July 2017

"When Butterflies Scream" - climbing again...

Wow - delighted to say "When Butterflies Scream" is back on the climb - #13 this morning in Amazon's folk download chart!

Whoever's behind this, many thanks!





Friday, 23 June 2017

Caught In The Act reviews "When Butterflies Scream"...

Brian Banks' excellent review of "When Butterflies Scream" has been re-published in Caught In The Act mag - complete with with appropriate screaming imagery...