Old Times & End Times

by Raising Holy Sparks

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'Fresh haul from the undeniably great SLOOW TAPES handily scores a highest possible double recommendation... "Psych folk drone music by David Colohan lost in the mists of time. Featuring Alison O’Donnell of Mellow Candle fame." -- on the face of it, OLD TIMES & END TIMES is hardly anything like the RAISING HOLY SPARKS works i'm familiar with, which admittedly is far fewer than i should be, my primary point of reference is FOUR SACRED MOUNTAINS which flew under my radar in 2013 via AWKWARD FORMATS as a double cassette box set, which i loosely described to a friend as "kinda like if NATURAL SNOW BUILDINGS ate STARS OF THE LID and belched this out" - meanwhile OT&ET washes up on the shore of otherworldly folk where trails blazed by folks like BEN CHASNY and PHIL ELVERUM are now found abandoned and overgrown, so it forges its own way through the wilderness with some shimmering psychedelic drone that fortuitously washed up alongside, and some male/female vocals that at times recall BIG BLOOD - it's not what i expected, but fantastic nonetheless.' PSI LAB

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released January 7, 2015

David Colohan - Appalachian dulcimer & 5 string mountain banjo,, autoharp, electric guitar, field recordings, harmonium, mandocello, melodica, Roland HP-600 Digital Piano, voice, sampled Glass Armonica & Mellotron
Richard Moult - keyboards (1, 3, 6 & 7) voice (2, 3, 5, 7 & 8) whistling (3) handclaps (5) field recordings (1)
Casey Denman - acoustic guitar (6) electric guitar (2 & 6) voice (2, 3, 4 & 8)
Audrey Ryan - accordian (7 & 8) glockenspiel (5) voice (5 & 6)
Alison O'Donnell - voice (2, 3 & 8)
Anders Gjerde - Norwegian field recordings (4 & 6)

Recorded in Ballymahon, The Quiraing, Dublin, Eastbourne & Norway.

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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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