Arborea Red Planet SAAH067Ltd.
500 Gatefold CD / Gatefold LP + Download (1st 100 pressed on translucent
red vinyl) / MP3
Release Date: April 26, 2011
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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'sbrand of folk music is ethereal, bone-chilling,
and beautiful all at once."- Performing
"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
WXPN/Folk Alley/The Village on
Satellite Radio "Shanti and
Buck Curran get it
right, with memorable songs that linger in the ether long after the
last track ends." - NPR
Buck 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
Planetconjures 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'satmospheric 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
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