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CRUSHING GLOW - Compiled By Matt Sewell

2LP: Caroline True Records ‎– CTRUE15 (limited edition of 500), UK, 2014

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Parsley Sound - Twilight Mushrooms - 5:31
Lux Harmonium - Camel Bones - 6:07
Luke Howard - Portrait Gallery - 6:05
Meic Stevens - Love Owed - 3:17
 
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Durutti Column – Otis - 4:18
Ashra - 77 Slightly Delayed - 6:47
Tin Man - Falling Acid - 8:00
 
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Lobt Noch Irrt - Heizgas Meter - 5:19
St. Just Vigilantes - Panzer Vs Arrow - 3:37
The Habibiyya - The Eye Witness - 8:22
 
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Third Ear Band - Stone Circle - 3:31
Saddhu Brand - I Give You Johnnée The Truth - 5:53
Chitti Babu - Komala Koyala (The Cuckoo Song) - 5:45
Popol Vuh - Angel Of The Air (Part 2) - 2:57

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Artwork By, Compiled By, Liner Notes – Matt Sewell

Compilation Producer – John Kertland

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"Caroline True Records (CTR) has joined forces with celebrated and revered UK artist and illustrator Matt Sewell in creating a unique, eclectic new album release, Matt Sewell's 'A Crushing Glow'.

A little known fact is that Matt is also a dedicated and knowledgeable music aficionado and music collector. A regular contributor to the Caught By The River website, a painter of walls around the world and the bird brain behind the bestselling books Our Garden Birds, Our Songbirds and Our Woodland Birds. ACG gives an intriguing insight into Matt's world and his art via his musical choices.

This diverse album, featuring many tracks never before released on vinyl or else long deleted, develops over 13 tracks through the pastoral Post-Punk of The Durutti Column, the bucolic pop of Parsley Sound to the panoramic Kosmique of Ashra. Reimagined edits from Lobt Noch Irrt, the Acid of Tin Man via the indo-prog of the Third Ear Band.

“I felt that Matt would choose some great tracks for the album – freedom to put together the compilation that he wanted without any genre limitations. A voyage of musical discovery. He has done exactly that.“ - John Kertland (CTR MD)

Featuring all-original artwork from Matt inside and out, the album is strictly limited to 500 copies. Artwork is contained within a deluxe full-colour gate-fold sleeve, with full colour inner-sleeves – on coloured double vinyl and detailed sleeve-notes carefully crafted by Matt. Here are a couple of prime examples from the album inners:

Parsley Sound 'Twilight Mushrooms':
When the good ship Mo’ Wax finally went down it was like a captainless, burning ocean-liner with its shipment of rare and exotic fish slowly submerging itself into the abyss of the Pacific Ocean. It's precious cargo sloshing around and spilling overboard to the sound of drowning sirens. Breaking apart as it met its rocky death in the fathoms below the waves the ship lays still. Many of the fish perished or happily found new homes in a new more comfortable environment for such exotic creatures. But many swam free and drew their own map for a journey through the blue, scales glittering and alive with cool, fresh sea-water in their gills. Twilight Mushrooms is such a song and long may it swim.

Popol Vuh 'Angel of the Air (Part 2)':
Taken from the majestic Tantric Songs album. The Vuh have a wonderful way of distilling a spirituality within music without it coming across righteous or worthy, just gorgeous. This piece is like looking at the world from its highest peak and taking a deep breath. If I was a piece of music I'd like to be this.

It may be said that Music seems to flutter into Matt’s life just as his beloved birds do and it is his pleasure to share this alchemical selection with you
." (Caroline True Records)
 

 

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