Undeath

by Time Moth Eye

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Stonepusher 03:16
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Wake 08:49
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Sheetwinder 08:38
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Witchwalker 04:09
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Sleep 06:53
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Ossa Ossa 04:25
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Originally released via Crucial Blast records under their Crucial Blaze imprint - here's what they had to say about Undeath:

Timothy's group, Stone Breath, (and assorted other projects) travel along darker roads than most, evoking ancient, crumbling cemeteries and dark hollows covered over with undergrowth and moss. These places exist outside of the omnipresent buzz of the modern world, and I never tire of visiting their shadowed corners. Undeath is a new full length disc from Timothy's latest offshoot, Time Moth Eye, and it follows some of the same spectral trails as Stone Breath but also possesses a noticeably creepier feel, a kind of graveyard drone-folk that echoes over overturned headstones and partially exposed bones in long forgotten burial plots along the back roads of rural Pennsylvania, possessed of an ancient, cobwebbed ambience. Along with the music, this release also includes a thick artist's chapbook that contains forty-four pages of eerie illustrations and scratchboard drawings that are deeply connected to the moldering sounds captured on the disc.

The disc begins with the eldritch ambience of "Stonepusher", where tolling church bells and monstrous growling electronics melt into the sounds of warbling harmonica and backwards singing, the nine songs on Undeath travel through a spectral realm of broken graveyard folk songs, ancient cobwebbed drones, and grimly beautiful night-ballads. On the song "Wake", the band calls out to stargazers through the slow-motion harmonium-like wheeze and processed plunk of the instruments, which flows around the song's layered voices and spacey electronic textures. The songs drift in and out of each other, the deep tones of "Wake" floating right into the primeval free-folk of "Sheetwinder", which slowly takes shape as a kind of ghastly raga, the scraping acoustic strings snaking around Timothy's deep ghostly vocals, layered over swirling synthesizer sounds as the music drifts through graveyard visions and unquiet coffins.

"Witchwalker" is one of Undeath's most captivating songs, a half-remembered night-terror cast against the delicate chiming of a xylophone and the sorrowful moan of an accordion-like instrument and withered strings, with an eerie melody that may haunt the listener for days. It leads into the soft narcoleptic hymn of "Sleep", followed by "Ossa Ossa"s Biblical texts sung in Latin to a backdrop of dark, unsettling industrial ambience. "Footsteps Fall" is another spectral folk tune drawn from the twilight ether, and it trails off into the nightmarish howl of the cellos that open "Chrysalishroud" before the song materializes into a vaporous, otherworldly wash of nocturnal cemetery psychedelia. The album's closing song " Sleepwalker / Dreamwalker" is one of the most dramatic pieces of music found on the disc, a nearly eleven minute flight through tenebrous realms beyond the threshold of sleep that features some of Undeath's most vivid imagery, the music swirling around in wraithlike wisps of black effluvium...

The grim graveyard drone-folk of Time Moth Eye's Undeath is some of the creepiest music that I've released through the Crucial Blaze series so far, and seems to exist in a strange sonic realm between the darkest folk music and the cavernous black drift of artists like Yen Pox and Lustmord. Truly chilling music that's recommended to anyone into the blackened folk sounds of Wolfmangler/Dead Raven Choir, Current 93, Aelter, Steve Von Till's Harvestman, Silvester Anfang, Hellvete, Elm, Kiss the Anus of a Black Cat, Hexvessel and similar artists....

NOTE: This album is meant to be gapless. Set playback accordingly.
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released May 22, 2012

music by Time Moth Eye and The Spectral Light (Nick Grey, Terry Earl Taylor, Prydwyn, Don Belch, Brooke Elizabeth, Alicia Wade, Theo Christchev)

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Stone Breath Red Lion, Pennsylvania

Stone Breath is not new. It is cracked. Broken. Imperfect. Hidden. Weathered by the seasons.

We sing of ghosts and of forgotten paths through forest and fallow field.

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