Red Planet
SAAH067 Ltd. 500 Gatefold CD / Gatefold LP + Download (1st 100 pressed on translucent red vinyl) / MP3
Release Date: April 26, 2011
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Shanti Curran -
Vocals, Banjo, Harmonium, Tenor Ukulele, Guitar, Hammered Dulcimer, Ban-Jammer, Violin, Music Box, Frame Drum
Buck Curran -
Guitars, Flute, Kalimba
with: Helena Espvall - Cello

Track Listing:
The Fossil Sea - Black is the Colour (Trad., arr. by Arborea) - Phantasmagoria in Two (Tim Buckley) - Spain - Careless Love - Red Planet - Wolves - Song for Obol - Arms + Horses - A Little Time - Torchbearer (Hidden Track, CD & Download only, LP)

Arborea's brand of folk music is ethereal, bone-chilling, and beautiful all at once." - Performing Songwriter Magazine
"A gorgeous voice floating ever-so-light above an exquisite bed of instrumental texture; a mysterious and ethereal world of music that really draws me in...That's Arborea. And that's just the way I like my music."
Gene Shay, WXPN/Folk Alley/The Village on XM Satellite Radio
"Shanti and Buck Curran get it right, with memorable songs that linger in the ether long after the last track ends." - NPR

and Shanti Curran are bonded together in their journey through life by matrimony and a mutual dedication to their art, and the music they make together as Arborea is a stark and strikingly intimate reflection of their very personal mystery. From their verdant and far-flung home in the state of Maine, the avant-folk duo incant a haunting sound woven from a diversely textured loom, casting adrift songs that seemingly hover in the air, weightless and in flux, like a spectral hymn bathed in twilight. Arborea are sculptors of cinematic mini-masterpieces, with an expansive folk style that borrows from traditional American and British folk idioms, '60's pysch/folk and rock, "American Primitive" guitar, world indigenous music and minimalism, tethered all the while by Shanti Curran's wistful, ethereal vocals and lush lyrical imagery. Toting two full-length albums and a singles collection (House of Sticks, Borne!, 2009), Arborea have received near-universal acclaim with each outing, displaying a steady evolution of their folk-dappled style into shimmering sound pools which, collectively, convey the feel of minimalist film soundtracks. Arborea have come into their own with their fantastic 4th album Red Planet, absolutely the most finely distilled and focused display of their resonant sonic-acoustic vision to date.

Red Planet
establishes Arborea's complex synthesis of acoustic folk and minimalist drone right out of the gate. From the opening motif of the acoustic guitar lament "The Fossil Sea", Red Planet conjures a panoramic aura, like a lost outtake from Ry Cooder's Paris, Texas soundtrack. As that echoes its way into "Black is the Colour", an eerie and utterly transcendent take on the traditional tune, it becomes mesmerizingly clear how the soft confluence of texture, sound and style meld to create the Arborea experience. Buck Curran's atmospheric guitar style echoes softly throughout, like elegies for forgotten souls or lands laid barren by time. The spotlight, however, is awash on Shanti Curran and her otherworldly and sonorous voice, sounding like a ghostly marriage of Tim Buckley and Hope Sandoval as it elevates high above the fragile acoustic terrain. Helena Espvall of Philadelphia acid-folk explorers Espers made a special trek up to Maine in the summer of 2010 to collaborate with Arborea, and her inimitable, instinctive harmonizing cello style provides key textural contributions to "Spain" and "Arms and Horses". Throughout Red Planet, a minimalist fusion of acoustic music and folk-rock is maintained from start to finish, creating a resonant landscape illuminating a world full of softly foreboding magic and endless possibilities. Red Planet documents an astounding achievement by Arborea - two artists who have effortlessly melded their life experiences into one pure and distinct vision.

*Worldwide acclaim for Arborea has come from NPR, BBC, Boston Globe, The Wire, Performing Songwriter, Dirty Linen, Ptolemaic Terrascope, Portland Phoenix, etc.
*Multiple tours and festival appearances across North America/UK/Europe under their belt, with the likes of Meg Baird, Glenn Jones, Fern Knight, Ben Reynolds/Two Bells, Micah Blue Smaldone, etc.
*Featuring the unmistakable cello work of Helena Espvall (Espers).
*Buck Curran is the producer of the acclaimed Robbie Basho tribute We Are All One, In the Sun (Important Records)
*CD housed in LP-style foldout and ltd to 500. Thick-stock Gatefold LP comes with a digital download card.
*RIYL: Tim Buckley, Jeff Buckley, Pentangle, Espers, Mazzy Star, Robbie Basho, Fern Knight