Cape Tribulation

by Raising Holy Sparks

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Was Ist Das? Makes me want to dance naked in the rain in the local woods but my electronic tag would probably bring a SWAT team down on my head before the first beautiful track has ended Favorite track: At The Foot Of Mount Sorrow.


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Being another page from A Mendicant Hymnal.

Writing to a friend in 2000, I told him I was at the foot of Mount Sorrow, in Cape Tribulation. Taking this to be a reflection of my mental state, he wrote back urging me to see the good in wherever I found myself. But that is where I was, on the way up to Cape York, where the rainforest meets the reef. Having fallen for a girl by the hostel pool, my friends wagered that I would not go & talk to her, but up there, what had I to lose? We left a day later, hitching together up the Bloomfield Track to Cooktown & I was not to see my friends again for quite some time. As ever, these pieces, using tapes of field recordings & piano played on my Australian travels, are an attempt to recapture something of those humid days heading further & further away from cities, civilisation & whoever I had been before...

I see this album as a companion piece to 'A Drifting Population' & 'Last Orders At The One Tree Hotel', recordings made as Agitated Radio Pilot.


released October 5, 2013

David Colohan: electric guitar, piano, field recordings, trombone & sampled Mellotron.

Recorded in Katoomba, NSW, Fraser Island, QLD & Ballymahon, Co. Longford.



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'An eerie loveliness that should really be soundtracking a Werner Herzog film; indeed Popol Vuh’s work provides a useful reference point for Raising Holy Sparks as, similar to Vuh, the music herein is almost religious in its solemnity and grace.' The Active Listener ... more

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