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Tracing Raindrops

by Army of Mice

Take a trip sideways in space and time with seductive vocals, lush synthesisers, tastefully-restrained guitar, and programmed rhythms.
Genre: Electronic: Electronica
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Girl in the Attic
3:51 $0.99
2. Memories of Snow, Pt. 1
4:34 $0.99
3. Tracing Raindrops
4:55 $0.99
4. The Pleasures of the Long Thin Garden
3:14 $0.99
5. Lost Rivers of London
4:14 $0.99
6. Flame
4:22 $0.99
7. Dancing with Crows, Pt. 3
5:22 $0.99
8. The Green Hour
5:35 $0.99
9. Waiting at the Toffoli Gate
3:57 $0.99
10. The Armory Show
5:13 $0.99
11. The Highest Science
4:03 $0.99
12. Memories of Snow, Pt. 2
4:49 $0.99
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Album Notes
Welcome to 'Tracing Raindrops', the debut album from Army of Mice. Further developing the sounds and themes set up in their 'Wildflower' EP, 'Tracing Raindrops' is the soundtrack to twelve trips sideways in space and time. The songs presented here focus on people or places outside of the ordinary; explorations of psychogeography, the loves and lives of artists and scientists and the deep countryside of an abandoned future England.

The band have been slowly refining and evolving their sound since their last release. Although primarily synthesiser based, and driven by a combination of programmed drums and live percussion, the tracks here always strive towards sounding organic. Mark's tastefully constrained rhythm and lead guitar work provide further textures and graceful solos and above all are Ellie's strong and seductive vocals.

Beginning with the Steampunk Victoriana of 'The Girl in the Attic' we have twelve songs which, whilst maintaining the AoM sound throughout, range from the reflective to the driving and dynamic. Soft chimes and bells abound in these tracks, enveloped in swirling synth strings. Occasional reversed voices and whispers weave through machine beats. In other places sounds of the natural world can be heard.

Guest musicians Ruth Murray and Vincent Maltby provide flute and violin respectively and Leighton Williams steps in for a vocal duet in 'The Pleasures of the Long thin Garden'.

Strangely, for a band whose soul seems to reside in the wilder parts of the English countryside, a trio of songs at the centre of the album evoke London. In the songs of Army of Mice, even a suburban garden can conceal a gateway to another world.

Artists and their muses (a perennial theme with AoM) appear in 'The Green Hour' and 'The Armory Show'. Lyrics on other tracks hint at Dickens and Nigel Kneale, shamanism and the work of Alan Turing.

After 'The Highest Science' swerves towards drum and bass territory, 'Memories of Snow Part 2' finally ends the album back in the mysteries of nature.

An album of thoughtful and whimsical muscial journeys, 'Tracing Raindrops' refines the Army of Mice sound and sets them on the way to future travels.



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