Air Loom

by Sarah Angliss

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SARAH ANGLISS
WITH SARAH GABRIEL AND STEPHEN HISCOCK

A new album of dreamlike music, distilling Sarah's latest work with ancient instruments and extraordinary electroacoustic techniques.

Sarah is joined by vocalist Sarah Gabriel and percussionist Stephen Hiscock. As the trio play, their sounds are deftly contorted, fragmented and recombined using Angliss’ digital inventions. At the heart of the album is the clavisimbalum, a sonorous, fourteenth-century cousin of the harpsichord. Its plucked, soft iron strings ring with a rich, dark reverberance – a sound that hails from Eastern European folk and the Renaissance court.

Angliss adds voices in close harmony, recorder, theremin, percussion and robotic carillon, an instrument she devised and built to play bells at inhuman speeds, creating a haze of delicate, metallic sound.

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released March 30, 2019

Sarah Angliss
With Sarah Gabriel and Stephen Hiscock

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Sarah Angliss London, UK

Performer, composer and robotic artist colliding electronics with English folk and ancient music. Theremin, recorder, clavisimbalum, robotic carillon, saw, Max/MSP and more.

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Track Name: Raven (Thought)
A cold love can put out fire
A cold love can put out fire

Turn against the wind
and call in the sea, the sea.
Steady the ground where dead men sleep
where dead men sleep.

If I can tame you
shift your skin
You'll be my raven, my other, my twin.
As Thought and Memory we'll soar into the sky, the sky
hear electricity in wires
see the fate of men and women
as we hide our ship
folding into itself like linen.

A cold love can put out fire.
A cold love can put out fire.

We pull metal from the earth
as we bury our desire
as we bury our desire.
Track Name: Wan
And outen then come the thick heart's blood
and outen then come the thin.
And outen then come the thick heart's blood
and outen then come the thin.

She's pulled out the hazel bush
that should have grown into a tree.

Fair Lucy she sits at her father's door
weeping and making moan
when by there come her brother dear
"what ails thee Lucy wan?"

"Oh I ail and I ail, dear brother", she cried
"and I'll tell you the reason why:
for there is a child between my two sides
that's from you dear brother and I"

And he's drawn out his good broad sword
that hung low down by his knee
and he has cutted off our Lucy Wan's head
and her fair body in three.

And outen then come the thick heart's blood
and outen then come the thin.
And outen then come the thick heart's blood
and outen then come the thin.

And he's away to his mother's house.
"What ails thee Geordie wan?
What's that blood on the point of your sword?
Son come tell unto me"
"Oh that is the blood of my greyhound
he would not run for me."

"But your greyhound's blood it was ne'er so red
son come tell unto me."
"Oh that is the blood of my grey hawk
he would not fly for me."
"But your grey hawk's blood it was ne'er so clear
son come tell unto me."
"Oh that's not the blood of my grey hawk
'tis the blood of my sister Lucy."

"What will you do when your father comes to know?
Son come tell unto me."
"Oh I will set forth in a bottom less boat
that sails across the sea."
"And when will you come back again?
Son come tell unto me."
"When the sun and the moon dance on yonder green hill
and that may never be".
Track Name: Dust
Too late for sunrise.
We must be past Hawaii by now.
Still time for warning lights
above tranquility
and a bunch of guys going blue in there
as we're kicking up the dust
kicking up the dust.

Hawaii by now
Hawaii by now
Hawaii by now

One sixth
Earthrise
We're in the dark now
It's beautiful

kicking up the dust
kicking up the dust
kicking up the dust.

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