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- The English Cold by July Skies
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Classic (limited) reissue alert! This really is a classic of its kind. Originally issued on CD at the tail end of 2004, this vinyl LP edition on Caroline True is one of only 300 to be made freshly available to avid fans of twinkling atmospheric guitar pop. The overall effect is of blissful, shimmering prettiness that fans of Durutti Column and Brian Eno’s graceful haunting pop should be into.
On his album ‘The Lost Airmen’, Anthony Harding has seemingly effortlessly evoked the melancholy of the English countryside, particularly the English countryside of old; in this case, the atmosphere of fields colliding with WWII manoeuvres. In this way, the reimagined scenarios, the new excitement and fading innocence of the time have been recaptured. Given the knowledge of war, its interventions and upheavals, the music’s air remains one of utmost serenity throughout. Ambience is augmented by farmers and villages recounting their tales of when the B-17s arrived over their once tranquil lanes. Songs are breathed rather than sung. Guitars softly strum, echo and lull. There is a ghostly presence hovering but never threatening. I guess we really do live in happier times now… right?
Phil's astute review from back in 2006.
Check out the July Skies CD on Make Mine Music. Not a million miles away musically. We have two copies of it which are limited and come with a piece of a world war II airport........ Don't ask... Like Yellow 6 (ie drifty and floaty) but without electronics and with vocals. Prettiness....
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