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Pale Hands I Loved So Well/Drumming the Beating Heart

  • 1. Transience Blues
    2. Ill Wind Blows
    3. One by One
    4. Picture the Day
    5. Dreaming at Rain
    6. Two
    7. Veil Like Calm
    8. Throw a Shadow
    9. Pencil Sketch
    10. At Arms Length
    11. Lights of April
    12. Before You Go
    13. Tall and White Nettles
    14. Warm Breath, Soft and Slow
    15. Blue Distance
    16. Sheer Cliffs
    17. Falling Leaf/Fading Flower: Goodbye to Summer
    18. Lies of Love
    19. To Ellen
    20. Pale Saints
    21. Letters to She
    22. Light Sliding
    23. Big Clipper Ship
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CDMRED 127

  • Credits
    ProducerEyeless In Gaza

    Eyeless in Gaza: Martyn Bates, Peter Becker.
    Martyn Bates and Peter Becker had been recording together for two years when PALE HANDS I LOVED SO WELL and DRUMMING THE BEATING HEART, the third and fourth Eyeless In Gaza albums respectively, were released. Cherry Red's reissue compiles the records in reverse-chronological order, but this does little to detract from these two albums' enduring magic.
    The rare HANDS is especially wondrous, witnessing the maturation of Eyeless In Gaza's gift for evocative improvisational impressionism. HEART opens with "Transcience Blues," a definitive EIG track that conjures April showers with throbbing bass, parched organ, and Bates' impassioned vocals. The organ defines the album, as Bates' singing complements the instrument's alternately sinuous ("Ill Wind Blows"), sweet ("One By One"), and simmering ("Picture the Day") tone. Improvised settings invest the music with a refreshing openness, as though such songs as "Veil Like Calm" and "Lights of April" were sprung straight from the heart, not the studio. HEART's lovely second half recalls the gorgeous sketch-work of HANDS. The latter's scattered strokes of piano, reeds, guitar, organ, vocal sighs and chants, bells, sax, and rough percussion achieve music of rare beauty, imagistic power, and genuine consequence. A masterpiece.

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