microphones in the trees: spires that in the sunset rise

Friday, March 16, 2012

spires that in the sunset rise

"Having once been a collaboration of up to five women all hailing from Decatur, Illinois, the music is now the more intimate expression of long time members Kathleen Baird and Taralie Peterson. The instrumentation remains varied and eclectic: harmonium, guitar, slide, banjo, bowed psaltery, cello, flute, autoharp, spike fiddle, mbira, etc. Toying with certain traditions but never fully embracing one, STITSR remains a truly unique vision of the personal and mystical and is not for the casual listener nad they shared bills with John Zorn, Espers, The Incredible String Band, Bert Jansch, Lichens, Paul Metzger, Charlambides, Pelt, MV/EE, Faun Fables, Six Organs of Admittance, Larkin Grimm, Arrington Dionyso, Melissa Nadler, Lucky Dragons, Jack Rose, Kawabata Makoto, Daniel Higgs, Samara Lubelski, P.G. Six, Mayor Daley, Josef Van Wissem, Evangelista, and others." hairy spider legs


::: Release date: April 17th - vinyl pre-order.
It will be in some record stores in the U.S...
for Europeans will be available on norman records :::

listen & buy

download 'child of the snow'

"the reign of death is silent, dark and warm; there is no cold, nor fear; one needs to be close to death, closer to death than the living, who are so contradictory and lovers of betrayal" maría sabina

'those who have ears to hear will listen', said maria sabina -the whirling woman who looks inside. she was able to search in shadow and silence. a healer that taught to her listeners that 'the ignorant will never be able to chant like the wise'. while reading the teachings of such an extraordinary mexican woman -who dedicated her life to heal while chanting after eating sacred mushrooms- i can picture completely the world that maria sabina referred to in her chants. it is a world full of mysticism and mystery, like the one that kathleen baird and taralie peterson in 'ancient patience wills it again' transport us to. while listening, it is evident that they created music like the wise. their magic comes from a place full of sounds that whisper to the spirit; they can take you to the depth where for sure consciousness wanders in bliss. so fast and without realizing we fly fast to another reality, their reality. 'grandma' sounds like the gate of the reign of death, the song makes clear that indeed, we will travel light this time. once transported to this magical and unknown place it will be difficult to get out. every musical detail feels like being in a forest full of sacred plants to play with. like the sound of the spike feedle in the hands of kathleen with 'child of the snow', which provokes the need to cuddle up in the snow as we dont want to melt away. spires that in the sunset rise spread power, like in the magnetic song 'well tempered'; a power full of femenine energy and love (like the grandmother ayahuasca), while being hypnotized by the harmonium, we know this is real power to be devoured.

we music lovers who were waiting to these new sounds can't be more happy... the only way i found to thank patrick of laughing eye weeping eye, was to write with my bad english all my excitement about this record ... what a way to turn hairy spider legs into a real label!... palabras mayores*

fotola: ana cabaleiro


ana said...

de momento suena veiled undertow y ya estoy volando

adrián said...

bajando... pero no me podía resistir a escribir. era el regreso que más esperaba aunque definitivamente ya sólo sean kathleen y taralie.

gracias mar :))

jpbenney said...

It is pleasing to see the new album, and I hope I can have a listen soon somewhere. It seems as if even as a duo the Spires can produce the fierce mysticism, depth and complexity that made Four Winds the Walker and This Is Fire among the finest music made in the 2000s!

mar said...

un gran regreso muy como de pagina de libro a mi parecer... gracias a patrick...

adrian queria poner el album completo pero patrick me pidio que solo una cancion por esos gajes de que van empezando (entendible), lo bueno es que puedes escucharlo todito en la pagina de ese nuevo label.

hey jpbenney, yes they can, even being just 2 members ^.^... you can listen the whole record here: