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Step Right Up: Second Moon Of Winter

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Track premiere: Second Moon Of Winter.

Words: Mark Carry, Design: Craig Carry


Second Moon Of Winter is a new experimental ensemble from Cork, Ireland whose eagerly awaited debut full-length, ‘One For Sorrow, Two For Joy’ will be released on Denovali Records (home to Poppy Ackroyd, Greg Haines, Moon Zero, Carlos Cipa to name but a few) in January 2015.

A distinct purity and fragile beauty resonates powerfully throughout the illuminating embers of ‘One For Sorrow, Two For Joy’s rich sonic voyages. The six compositions contained on this hugely promising debut were written and recorded live in a series of four-hour sessions in a basement by the sea in County Cork. The pristine instrumentation of luminous soprano, clarinet and guitar coalesce effortlessly, forming an enthralling cohesive whole of striking depth and magnitude. A whirlwind of emotions merge as the radiant light of joy and hope become inter-woven with the looming darkness of anguish and pain.

The exclusive premiere of ‘Cigarette’ – which serves the album’s towering penultimate track – showcases the trio’s innate ability to capture raw emotion through the art of sound. With no aid of technology; no computers, no playback of samples, no overdubs, no further processing after the event, the shimmering sounds ebb and flow like the crashing ocean waves and gradual close of night. The opening notes of soaring soprano harmonies is soon accompanied by pulsating noise of electric guitar, conjuring up the sound of a faded past as long-lost memories flicker into gradual focus. Moments later, the woodwind instrumentation of clarinet serves the perfect contrast. The song reflects on a particular moment in time that, in turn becomes revived and subsequently relived, “wrinkles on your forehead now, there’s no looking back.”

Second Moon Of Winter is the perfect addition to the German-based independent label of Denovali Records, whose unique blend of sound lies somewhere between avant-garde, ambient, dark free jazz and neo-classical music. On closer inspection, the talented trio form the natural bridge between the deeply affecting experimental odysseys of label-mates Birds of Passage (New Zealand); the cinematic choral works of Hydras Dream (Sweden/Germany) and dark jazz of Dale Cooper Quartet (France).

One For Sorrow, Two For Joy’ is about embracing chance; being in the moment and reacting in that moment where the audience and artist become one.


Track premiere: “Cigarette” by Second Moon Of Winter:




“One for Sorrow, Two for Joy” by Second Moon Of Winter will be available in January 2015 via Denovali Records.




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November 11, 2014 at 12:04 pm

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