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Your Jeweled Footsteps

Artist: Martyn Bates
Bates, Martyn - Your Jeweled Footsteps CD
Label: Sub Rosa
Regular Price: $17.95
On Sale For: $8.98 
Year: 2006
Format: CD


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This is a long awaited Martyn Bates best-of collection, sampling a wide selection of his solo and collaborative work from 1979 to 2006. UK-based Martyn Bates founded the post-punk duo Eyeless in Gaza in 1980, along with Peter Becker. During his 20+ year career, after countless releases and against all odds, Bates managed to shape a unique, instantly recognizable form of music based on a deeply rooted, 100% English folk tradition. Often underrated as a songwriter, in his solo work and in EIG, he has developed what can be called an almost Elizabethan style: a combination of angst (a working-class hero) and pure melancholia (time irremediably lost, the loss of idealized love), mixed in with an unconditional love of poetry (Keats, Yeats, Joyce) and authentic popular song stylings. In addition, he possesses one of the most strangely compelling voices imaginable. Your Jewled Footsteps journeys through made-in-England pop, folk, poetry recitation and reconstructions of songs whose origins are long forgotten. In addition to Bates' essential pieces, the collection also includes several previously unreleased tracks, including some pre-industrial sound works predating EIG's formation, in the late '70s.
(Solo and collaboration works 1979-2006)
01 cut like sunset (1982) - from letters written
02 shorepoem (1994) -from mystery seas
03 i cant look for you (1996) -
from imagination feels like poison
04 first and last february ( 1989 ) -
from letters to a scattered family
05 the god on the tree (1996) -
from imagination feels like poison
06 morning singing (1982 ) - from letters written
07 of that so sweet imprisonment (1996) chamber music ii
08 mirrored in me ( 1982) ) - from letters written
09 twilight turns from amethysts (1994) from chamber music
10 once loved ( 2005) - by twelve thousand days,
from at the landgate.
11 dissonance excert (1979 ) - by martyn bates /
migraine inducers, dissonance
12 later war cries ( 1990 ) - from stars come trembling
13 poems pennyeach (2000) - from dance of hours
14. the garden of olives (1998) - from martyn bates /
anne clarke collaboration, just after sunset
( tho this track does not actually feature anne)
15 no-one spoke ( 1996 ) - from imagination feels like poison
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