Made From A Broken Star

Army Of Briars

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Release Date:  08 July 2022

Label:  Discus Music

Packaging Type:  Digipak

No of Units:  1

Barcode:  5051078995229

Genres:  Folk  Contemporary Folk  

  • Description

    Progressive songwriting in the finest tradition, the material ranges from stark, ghostly chant across to gentle folk confessional, via one or two Ivor Cutler moments and some passionate jazz, and together amounts to a single story of magic, witness, praise and flight.

    All of us will have been present when a live band suddenly fuses into a miraculous torrent. The great thing about Army of Briars is that they seem to be able to create that sense of live miracle while working separately in different locations, and sending their contributions to be mixed together at Discus Music Studio. This covid-enforced approach to 'Made From A Broken Star', has resulted in music that feels live, and a band that feels united. This is hugely down to the voices of Tim and Julie Cole, vulnerable, honest, warm, pure, and the series of beautiful and strange melodies that the group has created for them, making a cycle of ballads and spells.

    Keith Jafrate's imagistic nature poems take the listener through multiple worlds, past, present, interior and exterior, all focused on a kind of radiant connectedness. The music inhabits them like wind in a great tree, sounding out their intricate forms. Despite the range of styles, the songs have a strong narrative cohesion, and the album is a cathartic journey through, and into, the landscape.

    Julie Cole: voice

    Tim Cole: voice, guitars, cello on 3

    Martin Archer: woodwind, keyboards, electronics

    Keith Jafrate: words, voice on 15


    Paul Taylor: grand piano

    Peter Sells: bass guitar

    Martin Pyne: drums, percussion, vibraphone

    string orchestra and quartet

    Natalie Purton: violins and violas

    Liz Hanks: cello

  • Tracklisting

      Disc 1

      Side 1

      • 1. To William Blake
      • 2. Go Song
      • 3. Arbor Low
      • 4. The Green Man
      • 5. A Reforming Monster
      • 6. Made From A Broken Star
      • 7. Having Nothing
      • 8. Jack Of All Trades
      • 9. The Nine Ladies
      • 10. Birdflight
      • 11. The Kindest Water
      • 12. This Is The Sum
      • 13. Think Of A Time
      • 14. Flight Flower
      • 15. A Book Put Me Here
      • 16. In Part Two / To William Blake (Reprise)

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