A mendicant is a travelling monk — one who begs for subsistence, accepting what people and to world have to offer, in humility. The music on this double album could be a distillation of the world experienced in such a way: a flowing by of landscapes and visions, an endless sequence of steps carrying one to some unknown destination. This is the final act of begging and acceptance: to see where the journey leads you, always deferring to decisions made outside of the self; offering up the self. Raising Holy Sparks is the project that rose from the ashes of Agitated Radio Pilot and saw David Colohan shifting from lo-fi and singer/songwriter releases to something more instrumental, raw, and abstract. The division is far from clear-cut: Agitated Radio Pilot had its share of lush ambient improvisations, and the occasional harsh guitar solo, while Raising Holy Sparks has had plenty of songs interspersed on its earlier releases. All the same, there is a tangible contrast between the two projects. […read more…]
In my 2012 review of The Cloisters, I had written about how the imagined landscape (Britain, in these cases) features so strongly in some strains of contemporary experimental folk music. Granted, this has been a central theme in folk since the 60s revival, but as I argue, the ease with which electronic manipulation can be applied these days has really influenced some of the more experimental folk works in the past decade or so. This heightened interplay of the ‘acoustic’ and electronic, and in a broader sense, between the rural and the urban, makes for a liminal artistic and imaginary field that is finding different forms of expression these days. […read more…]
Welcome to the first Evening of Light mix presented by an actual human voice. Bear with me while I get the hang of it, and let me know what you think. I’ll probably continue doing music-only mixes, but the monthly mixes in which I present various new tracks will most likely feature presentation from now on. After almost four years, I felt it was time for something new. Hope you enjoy!
Cloudscape #44: February 2014 by Evening […read more…]
We wish you a beautiful Winter Solstice and happy holidays. May 2014 be kinder to you than 2013!
Cloudscape #43: Winter Solstice 2013 by Evening Of Light on Mixcloud
Photography: “It’s Snowing” by Margaret Netherwood.
00:00 | The Driftwood Manor | A Coat Against the Winter | The Same Figure, Leaving | 2010 03:09 | Coil | A White Rainbow | Winter Solstice | 1999 10:56 | ZENИTH (feat. Almeeva) | Iceberg | SEQUENCE6 | 2013 16:54 […read more…]
I’ve been meaning to do a showcase of some videogame soundtracks for a while, and this month I have the perfect excuse. I wrote an article on the island games Dear Esther, Miasmata, and Proteus for the fourth issue of Five out of Ten magazine, and as it happens all three games have fine music. I used some outtakes from those soundtracks and mixed them up with some of the usual Evening of Light fare and I think the combination is rather fitting, with all artists included here operating somewhere along the boundaries of ambient, classical, folk, and drone.
Art by Kozue Oshima
Hey friends, guess what? We spun through the multiverse a bit, and another year has flown by. Thankfully we’ve been able to keep everything running pretty much as usual here at Evening of Light. No release from us this year, but we’re working to make something nice of our upcoming fourth release by Far Black Furlong in 2013. Again, we’d like to thank all the artists and labels for thinking of us again this year. Music is a huge part of what keeps us going in our lives!
First of all, […read more…]
artist: United Bible Studies release: I Am Providence format: LP year of release: 2012 label: Jellyfant duration: 31:19
There is something distinctly kvlt about what United Bible Studies have done on this most recent album: improvise music over the actual grave of Howard Phillips Lovecraft at Swan Point Cemetery in Providence, Rhode Island. We could nerd off about how awesome this is, and about how this 2008 US tour incarnation of the chimeric group captured the old master’s cosmic horror spirit in music somehow. But frankly speaking, that’s not what’s going on here at all.
To me, Lovecraft’s horror […read more…]
artist: Taskerlands release: Taskerlands format: 2×3″ CD, CD year of release: 2012 label: Time Released Sound duration: 41:44
detailed info: discogs.com
Lately I’ve been toying around with the idea that one of the most significant developments in the recent history of music is the (rere)revival of folk, and particularly the new horizons subsequently explored by artists involved in this revival. While I won’t derail this review with too much contemplation of that musical current, let me at least say that the highly individual developments that some artists undergo are […read more…]
In the Event of My Disappearance
Agitated Radio Pilot – In the Event of My Disappearance [discogs]
Alongside our own double release, In the Event of My Disappearance, released on China’s Midnight Productions, is one of the final ARP releases. And a fine one it is! Dave Colohan focuses mostly on piano-driven songs here, which is a new route compared to earlier albums. The songs are sparse, calm, and feature subtle additions of other instruments and vocals by guest artists like Michael Tanner and Yasmin Chaudhry.
All of the tracks breathe that calm beauty that characterises much […read more…]
artist: Raising Holy Sparks release: Beyond the Unnamed Bay format: MC year of release: 2011 label: Fort Evil Fruit duration: 50:48
detailed info: discogs.com
2011 marked the end of David Colohan‘s artistic period as Agitated Radio Pilot, a name that will be familiar to our frequent readers. Initial dismay at the end of this great project will be rapidly assuaged by this: Raising Holy Sparks, a new band with Declan Kelly and Vicky Langan as additional core members on this album, as well as a number of guest appearances. I was so excited about David continuing to […read more…]