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Available from Experimedia.net. If you like slowdive, cocteau twins, and sigur ros, then maybe you'll enjoy alicia...
VINYL: limited to 300 pieces. thick gatefold sleeves; 180g vinyl; thick 36 page booklet including the poem collection "a garden of secrets" by alicia merz; illustrated by bruno merz
I hear the cry
Of their voices high
Falling dreamily through the sky,
But their forms I cannot see.
For someone who thinks it's difficult to describe music in general, it's even more difficult to describe the soundscapes of BIRDS OF PASSAGE. The influences of alicia merz – the girl behind BIRDS OF PASSAGE - are her memories, breathless-inspiring cold winds, the smell and atmosphere of a spring day, smoking cigarettes, sunshine and shadows. As a mixture of all these elements plus a minimalistic experimental instrumentation you as well can describe her music: sometimes shy, sometimes more energetic ("fantastic frown") but always intensely and extremly private. Listening to her debut record WITHOUT THE WORLD is like sharing one long day with alicia and her thoughts in the diverse landscapes of her home country new zealand.
Alicia doesn't need the orotund spectacle of a band to evoke emotions – with the help of different, in a minimalistic way, used instruments combined with field recordings, she doesn't create specific songs – she builds up a mood. You maybe can describe BIRDS OF PASSAGE as a singer songwriter for people who don't like singer songwriter music. There's no typical song structure, there's no melody to chase after – but there's a development which absorbs you and which makes you start to think about elements you block out in your everyday life.
From their distant flight
Through realms of light
It falls into our world of night,
With the murmuring sound of rhyme.
Release/catalogue number: den82
Release date: Jul 23, 2011