Sparse and haunting solo guitar pieces hailing from Lincolnshire. These delicate pieces have a similar lonely reflective quality as something written Caught In The Wake of Forever. Capturing the area, and the mental state your surroundings put you. Lightly driven guitar rings out into an almost mantra like drone, slowing your thoughts.
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‘Dead Birds’ is a work which reflects the psychogeography of the surroundings in which Charlie Ulyatt found himself in composing the music. The bleak, flat, featureless landscapes shaped the form in the sound of sparse, sustained electric guitar. Notes shimmer hazily, repeat melancholically and mutate stealthily. The effect is largely haunting yet evocative of a still day by a ploughed field in East Anglia, with only a murder of crows for company.
‘Like Dust When It Rains’ is a particularly effective example of stark guitar repetition. The tempo of the playing, streaked through with reverb, stretches out as the form unravels to create a placid vibe. A largely instrumental guitar album but with a poem spoken on the title track 'Dead Birds' -- a brief stanza by the Greek poet Yannis Ritsos based on the story of Icarus, “The wings you wore were too heavy / They weighed you down…” Combined with the ebowed guitar, it’s a brief but affecting piece.
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