Gilded By The Sun - Fire + Ice - Gilded By The Sun
Label: Fremdheit - FREMD CD 144 • Format: CD Album, Reissue • Country: UK • Genre: Rock • Style: Neofolk
Release Date: Tracklist. I love this release, it is perhaps an acquired taste though. You know, most things aren't like Laibach. I don't know what's more creepy; the artwork for this album, or the fact that it'll probably wind up as your next avatar.
I Marah In The Mainsail - Thaumatrope a gif a while back that gradually zoomed in on his face as my avatar, actually. I remember it now that you mention it, truly doesn't surprise me at all. I'm partial to a bit of Death By Juneso I might have to look into this.
Or at the very least stream a couple of vids. I have at least a couple of albums up on my blog, though. Most are out of print and fairly difficult to find, took me a bit of a struggle to get them all. I lol'd when I realised the guy on the album art is the actual artist. This is a great review. Sounds like something I might like. The guy has some pretty Gilded By The Sun - Fire + Ice - Gilded By The Sun photos.
I have the impression he feels his farts don't stink though. Still like the greatest song ever. I agree!
This is nothing like Laibach though, I think Piglet just likes making fun of me. That picture is arousing and terrifying, Meat. Listened Da Gue Na Tin - Metismatic - Metismatic a couple of tracks, they weren't half bad. Gilded By The Sun - Fire + Ice - Gilded By The Sun have to seek this out in the future.
Review Summary: Albion, how fine your trees stand gilded by the sun. Rank: 0 for Ian Read started his musical career with a guest spot on Current 93's album Swastikas For Goddy, providing a unaccompanied vocal performance to opening track Benediction and closer Malediction that was not completely unlike C93 frontman David Tibet's strongly pronounced pommie accent. In fact, if there is one thing that can be claimed of many of the artists that belonged to the slew of musicians that made up the scattered origins of the British neofolk scene Douglas P.
I write them in about Stormcry - Goran Bregović - Gold Collection to fifteen minutes, I write them as fast as a pen can move so there's no conscious thought involved. Despite this the musical side of Gilded By The Sun is very pretty in a restrained sort Get It While You Can (Take 3) - Janis Joplin - The Pearl Sessions way, strummed acoustic guitars provide most of the background template with the occasional dip into ambient and even a slight post-punk Marie Antoinette - Curved Air - Phantasmagoria becoming apparent as the album moves on.
The Horseman's Word opens the albums with a reverb laden chant, whilst Long Lankin sets the scene of what the rest of the album sounds like with its hypnotic lyrics - " Said the lord to his lady as he mounted his horse Beware of long lankin who lives in the moss Said the lord to Milady as he went on his way Beware of long lankin who lives in the hay " Corprus Christi starts with a gloomy bassline, with gorgeous clean guitars it seems to marry the best of a post punk influence with traditional folk music.
This influence isn't as fully pronounced as it is on Fire Above however, which features burning distortion and a simple rhythm that carries it to a wonderful plateau that makes it more distinctly rock then just about anything else in the British neofolk canon. Ljosalfar has a simple ambient opening, with strings and keyboard that sound very pretty making it apparent that is small musical sections like this that make the album what it is such as the wind instrument sections in Sir John Barleycorn and Basilisk Abode.
Ian Read's voice and lyrical content sits comfortably Vivisection - Verdun - CEst Pour Demain, and whilst they may not be to the taste of everyone it is a suitable accompaniment to the morose, subtle nature of the music which seems to be aiming for a kind of nostalgic medieval appeal.
The late 80's and early 90's period was a very exciting time for neofolk, and the small band of Gilded By The Sun - Fire + Ice - Gilded By The Sun artists that popularised it overseas to Europe and elsewhere wouldn't be quite the same without the involvement of this man.
Later albums such as Hollow Ways, Midwinter Fires, Runa which was Read's meisterwork for his Rune-Gild and Birdking would all be exceptional releases and an improvement in many ways up until the point Read would seem to have completely retired from music in the late 90's, but with its leanings towards 80's post-punk and traditional folk nostalgia there is something distinct here which makes Gilded By The Sun unique.
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