Music

The Spark

Alchymical Muse  [limited edition CD]

 

Alchymical Muse is a voice and cello centred duo comprising Daniel Staniforth (vocals, cello, classical and electric guitars) and Rebsie Fairholm (vocals, whistles, lever harp, 12-string guitar). Varied and innovative, and kaleidoscopic in its vision, the Alchymical sound combines spine-tingling vocal harmonies with haunting cello, dark tumbling guitars and a diversity of strings and chimes. Deep and contemplative songs bring out the unique and special synergy between their voices, fusing together elements of wordless lyrics, choral chants, Gaelic lament and flourishes of poetry and dreams.

 

The CD is limited to just 100 copies in a beautifully hand-crafted package with gold embossed print on a black sleeve, and silver embossed print on the reverse. Printed on 100% recycled card. Each sleeve is individually hand-printed and numbered. The package is supplied in a clear outer wrapping made from corn starch, a renewable resource which is biodegradable.

 

Ruins

Poems of Margaret Randall

Daniel Staniforth & Rebsie Fairholm

 

Daniel Staniforth and Rebsie Fairholm create ‘sonic poemscape’ readings from Margaret Randall's new book of poetry, Ruins (University of New Mexico Press, ISBN 978-0826350671).  The music features original compositions as well as Daniel and Rebsie’s arrangements of traditional melodies.

 

“In this poetry collection, Margaret Randall uses the metaphor of ruins to meditate on time’s movement – through memory, through cities, through the leavings of history, and through the bodies of people who have experienced time’s transformations and traumas. Randall’s ruins include not only Chaco Canyon, Hovenweep, Teotihuacan, Machu Picchu, Kiet Siel, Petra, and sites in ancient Greece and Egypt, but also Auschwitz-Birkenau and lives shattered by torture and oppression.”  (Taken from UNMP website).

 

Margaret Randall is a poet, essayist, photographer and social activist.

 

Daniel Staniforth and Rebsie Fairholm are poets, novelists, composers and musicians.

Seven Star Green

Rebsie Fairholm

 

“The disc’s opening and closing salvos are outstanding, beginning with The Cursing Song (from the pen of R.J. Stewart), a sinister incantation set to a richly stately chordal pulse with sparky, exotic touches. This is followed by Rebsie’s atmosphere-drenched, sombrely gull-bedecked rendition of Our Captain Cried (the first of the disc’s six distinctively visionary interpretations of traditional songs). The closing bookend is a powerfully dark triptych: a compulsively dramatic tribal-trance take on The Bitter Withy with a spine-tinglingly eerie tintinnabulating coda, leading to the intensely fragile, emotionally charged pleading of From A Coffin ... and closing with Lyke Wake Dirge – here a sweeping processional through the Imagined Village accompanied by distorted electronic ghosts.”

— fROOTS

Mind the Gap

Rebsie Fairholm

 

Dark and haunting English psych-folk piped in from the underworld.

 

“An absolutely wonderful album’s worth of entrancing whispered glowing heart-warming Celtic/old English (Pagan?) folk, embroidered with cleverly delicate instrumentation. ... Calming, uplifting, ethereal and a slightly new feel on something very traditional and unashamedly rooted in very old ways. ... Rebsie has the most beguiling of voices – she really is something special. Just beautiful, uncluttered, refreshing.”

— ORGAN Magazine

 

“almost like a spiritual experience, an album of death, the afterlife, ghosts, moral injustices, mystical otherworlds and noisy garden power tools.”

— Progressive Ears

Prophetic Guesses

Luna Trick

 

This third album from Luna Trick is the hardest and darkest yet with more guitar-oriented tracks - from the blistering electric dirge on Chinese Whispers to the sophisticated acoustic tapping on Night Healer. Alternative, darkwave, space-funk, ethereal.

 

"Prophetic Guesses" is the fourth album from classically trained English multi-instrumentalist Daniel Staniforth, trading under the name Luna Trick. Loosely categorised as "gothic rock", and nicely dark and dense it is in places. It also displays a nice diversity of musical styles without becoming a dog's breakfast. Staniforth's resonant vocals, which are pitched somewhere between Scott Walker and Kevin Ayers, and sometimes pyrotechnic guitar are both prominently showcased…. This is a fine effort that deserves its share of commercial success and critical recognition. Well done, chap!"

— Terrascope

Total Submersion

Luna Trick

 

Alternative rock that incorporates elements of 80s gothic, new wave, ethereal, shoegaze, space funk, and other less definable experimentalism.

 

"It will fit nicely in between your copy of The Cure's Pornography and Cocteau Twins' Garlands." (Amazon Review)

 

"At first listen, I fell for the NIN sound, and then I listened again finding threads of so many of my favourite bands like the Cure, David Bowie. This is old school new wave meshed with the best of today's sounds…" (CD Baby Review)

Hoar Frost Sheen

Luna Trick

 

Luna Trick is the creative brainchild of English multi-Instrumentalist Daniel Staniforth. Classically trained as a cellist, Staniforth crafts an array of songs styles - ranging from indie rock, shoegaze, darkwave, electronica, space-funk, ethereal, alt-pop - to more widely experimental. This sophisticated one-man band act follows in the great tradition of Nine Inch Nails, Beck, and early Cure albums. His hybridised guitar style renders many different sonic colours, which are further enhanced by his willingness to explore various instrumentations, both traditional and innovative.

 

"With solid grooves and biting lyrics. Staniforth takes on both political and religious issues - delivering a diverse range of songs that are one minute industrial/electronica - and dreamy psychedelia the next." (Amazon Review)

Father to Father

Daniel Staniforth

 

Impressionistic orchestral pieces written and performed by Daniel Staniforth, in homage to his father, who is a classical music aficionado. The pieces explore the English landscape of his youth.

 

"It is a cacophony of countryside. It feels like a stream, then a hillside of animals, then there are birds, and clouds, and a small forest path. it is heard in the music, and it is seen in the mind. It is almost peaceful. However there are constant surprises, and distractions."

 

"Artistry. very impressive! brings back nice memories and images... herne the hunter, chalk horses, the round table, knights and castles, and always the great forest. Bravo!"

 

"Epic, filmic, a very ambitious piece. So much going on ... sophisticated yet unpretentious, an army of darkness in a faded oak leaf." (Last FM Reviews)