Saturday, May 31, 2014

In Gowan Ring - Birch Book - Taking Wing / Jacob Fleet (single) - 2014

Quality: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Vinyl 7” Single, Les Disques du 7eme Ciel 7C8, France

01 Taking Wing (as In Gowan Ring) Mark Fry/The A. Lords cover
02 Jacob Fleet (as Birch Book) And Also The Trees cover

Voice, guitars, mellotron, flutes, organ, bowed glockenspiel, drum, tubular bells Bobin Jon Michael Eirth

Recorded and mixed at die Graefehütte, Berlin, Germany.

Bobin Jon Michael Eirth is the man behind In Gowan Ring and Birch Book. Since the mid 90s, this prolific American singer-songwriter has recorded a dozen full-length albums.

On this 7", Eirth gives his very own folk take on two tracks that he loves:

- Taking Wing is a cover of a song by Mark Fry, the legendary English psychedelic folk musician. It appeared at the end of I Lived in Trees, a truly beautiful album that Fry recorded with The A. Lords.
B’ee - Voice, Acoustic Guitar, Mellotron flutes, Organ, Bowed Glockenspiel.

- Jacob Fleet is a cover of a song by English post-punk band And Also The Trees. It was taken from their synth-infused album Green Is The Sea.
B’ee - Voice, Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Mellotron Strings, Drum, Tubular Bells.

01 Written by Mark Fry, Nicholas Palmer & Michael Tanner
02 Written by Simon Huw Jones, Steven Burrows, Nick Havas & Justin Jones

It is a Limited Edition release, with just 100 copies available (50 red sleeves and 50 black sleeves), and comes in a recycled gray cardstock silk-printed sleeve. Sleeve Design Damian O'Hara.


Lotus Coatl said...

A gorgeous pair! A couple of breathtaking covers: the A-side from Mark Fry & The A. Lords’ 2011 album, the the B-side from the synth driven new wave band And Also the Trees. Covering Taking Wing, B’Eirth is moving in his proper domain: the weird-folk. The choice of the song is meaningful and it’s the perfect way to pay tribute to one of the most underrated underground-folk artists. Musically speaking there’s a lot in common between Mark Fry and B’Eirth: just focus your attention on “The Witch” from Fry’s “Dreaming with Alice”, it’s like travelling in a time capsule (Mark Fry catapulted into the future or B’Eirth sent back in the past?). Covering “Jacob's Fleet” sounds like a weird and too daring choice but the song works well and the result is superb. What can be said about the artwork? Gorgeous more than usual, delicate and elegant, it seems come out from a pagan William Blake’s pen that through the wanderings in the woods has evolved his style. Thank you Graaf.

finvarra said...

Beautiful single - thanks so much!

Ian said...

Hello Graaf. Would it please be possible for you to send me a link to this single? With thanks.

Ian said...

The style of these songs won't be a surprise to anyone familiar with B'Eirth's other work, but each is unusually brief in his canon (befitting a vinyl single.) The brevity in fact only increases the intensity of each listening experience; you won't find the histrionics of many modern vocal performances here. B'Eirth sets out to captivate with quietness. Imagine yourself standing by a pool in the half-light of a forest; a voice close by sings of things that magically reveal themselves as pictures upon the dark, still water. That is what B'Eirth can do.

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