WHISPERS ON THE TURNING GROUND.
This is Paul F. Cowlan's eighth album, the sixth issued by Brambus, and as his fans have grown to expect, he's as individual as ever. It's vintage Cowlan; sixteen tracks, encompassing social satire and political commentary; an alchemical love story; a word with magical powers; memories; and introspections; the answer to that perennial question, "What is The Blues for?" and even a trip out into the stars. Of course, the satire is salted with characteristic humour, and, typically, you can expect to be laughing one minute, and deeply moved the next. After thirty years in the music business his touch is as sure as ever.
The title of the album is a line taken from track number seven, 'Strangers', and the theme of change, the turning of the wheel, the passing of time, is reflected everywhere, not least in the graphics. Paul is a romantic and a humorist, a lover of life and a dreamer of dreams, but he's also firmly rooted in the real world. As he himself writes in the introduction to the liner notes:
'I make no apologies for the predominantly political slant of the first eight tracks. In a sense all the songs centre on 'Killers', because although I wouldn't describe myself as a political animal it would have been difficult to live through September 11th 2001, and its persitent legacy, without echoes appearing in my music. The songs in the second half broaden out again into the world of life, love and laughter which, mercifully, always survives.'
The following titles are included on this CD, a 40 second sample can be downloaded (aprox 400k)
|Track Title||Sound bite||Song lyrics||UNDERGROUND||PIECE-WORK||A PLOY NAMED SUE||IN DEEP||THEY SAY||KING SUN, QUEEN MOON||STRANGERS||KILLERS||SCORPIO RISING||THE WORD||WHAT THE BLUES IS FOR||LAST ON THE HILL||HARLEY GIRL||WOMAN I LOVE||IN PASSING||AD ASTRA|
Paul Cowlan: Guitar, slide guitar, vocals, harmonica, bowed psaltery
Ljubo Majstorovic: Bass, electric guitar, percussion
Sandro Friedrich: Whistles and flutes, (percussion on 'Piece-work')
Sara Trauffer: fiddle
All songs by Paul F. Cowlan, together with concept and illustrations
Produced by Ljubo Majstorovic and Paul Cowlan.
Cover photos by Claudia Brijbag and Harald Neuhaus
Graphics by Astrid Fugger
WHISPERS ON THE TURNING GROUND, 2005 Brambus 200507-2
(Total playing time 62.13 minutes)
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