8/10 Brian Staff review, 15 November 2013
This chap is a member of cult Irish collective United Bible Studies and the album we have here developed from incidental piano-based excursions recorded around the time of his last album. They're well travelled, according to Mr. Moult, and have accompanied him around the beautiful rugged outbacks of Scotland ever since. Now he sees fit to release them for public consumption in a handsomely packaged CD.
There's an elegance and peace surrounding these songs that strongly recalls Harold Budd, 'Rionnag Bheag' taking a minute to gradually glisten into full audible mode - all jingling bells, harp, flute and tactile atmospheres. 'Heartease' is equally divine, taking a rich reflective piano as its anchor whilst Richard's fine warm wistful vocals swim sadly over the top. Sitting someplace between Roy Harper and Adrian Crowley, his words dally with the ivories in a mesmerising fashion.
'Rionnag Mor' reveals itself to be a stunning 25 minute instrumental epic that gobbles up well over half the album from within. To begin to describe the sheer grandeur and majesty of such an intricate and involving piece of neo-classicist wonder is difficult. No matter how fawningly I wrote of it, I could never come close to representing it as it truly deserves. This man is a fine player, piano and harp in a long cinematic embrace, everything swelling and tumbling and flowing in just the right places. He has the majority of his collective co-workers on board for this album - how I'd adore to watch them perform this glorious movement in the flesh. Worth the price of the CD alone...
Another great, sad-hued piano and vocal piece bookends that behemoth before the disc concludes with 'Mesonycticon', another slice of ponderous tear-stained piano work, instrumental this time. Lovely stuff in a recycled card wallet with a tracing paper slip-on jacket and posh insert through the evidently collectible Wild Silence..
8/10 Mr Thaarne Customer review, 15th November 2013
Just one correction to this fine review: it is David Colohan of United Bible Studies/Raising Holy Sparks who contributes vocals and lyrics to this album.
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