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In the Winter Dark

by Beck Sian

A little bit Gothic, A little bit folk, A little bit weird... A tribute to the frost, snow and ghosts of Winter. A new genre: Ghost-Folk.
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Little Red Bird of the Lonely Moor
4:20 $0.99
2. Winter Ivy
2:38 $0.99
3. The Frost
3:21 $0.99
4. The Ghost of Lady Ivy
3:52 $0.99
5. The Mistletoe Bough
4:10 $0.99
6. Soft Snowfall On a Dark Winter Morn
3:57 $0.99
7. As the Holly Groweth Green
4:02 $0.99
8. When the Snow Is On the Ground
1:41 $0.99
9. And the Snow Cloaks Silently
2:34 $0.99
10. Still the White Snow
4:28 $0.99
11. In Darkest December
2:46 $0.99
12. The Frost (Instrumental)
3:20 $0.99
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Album Notes
We proudly present the new theatrical concept album from Ghost-Folk artist Beck Siàn...

"... deliciously melancholy"

"Bloody weird... I love it!"

"... incomparably expressive and brave"

"Beck Sian is the Mistress of kooky, atmospheric alternative/folk music and once again she takes us on a journey with her soundscapes - this time through the scenes of a haunted winter."

Beck Sian is known for her expressive, atmospheric music and haunting soprano singing. Influenced by a famous relative (Kate Bush), Beck Sian also loves Celtic-folk music, old vampire films, ghost stories and doom/death metal! All sorts of strange, supernatural themes creep into her music, as well as an appreciation of the seasons and nature.

This is not a 'Happy Christmas' CD, but a tribute to the stark beauty and loneliness of Winter. A little bit Gothic, A little bit folk... A little bit weird. A new genre: Ghost-Folk!



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Welcome to a dark winter wonderland ...
... a cross between Narnia and Pan's Labyrinth. I've loved Beck Sian's music from the very beginning but this moves things to another level. The inspired move from guitar to keyboards adds volumes to the mystery and the well crafted lyrics and haunting vocals makes this album a real joy to listen to.For me, the stand out track is the icily atmospheric "The Frost" and the catchy little ringing hook from "When the Snow is on the Ground" will linger in the mind long after the first hearing. Anyone familiar with Beck Sian will love this but I'd strongly recommend it to anyone who loves beautiful music.

Andrew Shaw

A Winter Wonderland!
“In The Winter Dark” is Beck Sian’s fourth full length CD. Most winter-themed CDs tend to focus on Christmas and its festivities, but Beck’s latest album instead unfolds into an original, atmospheric and evocative musical journey celebrating the wonders of the natural winter landscape - also exploring the associated human emotions of joy, reverie, melancholy and contemplation.
This album is a landmark for Beck in two ways. Firstly, it marks her debut as the producer of her own work and secondly she performs most of the musical instrumentation on the album for which she has crafted a dazzling variety of beautifully crafted keyboard based soundscapes, perfectly complementing her powerful soprano voice. Lovers of her earlier work, will be delighted that her quirky folk-noir guitar is still and important contributor to her sound. But more than ever, this album for me is a lovingly created song cycle that greatly benefits from complete playing from beginning to end. As such, I regard this album as a completely integrated piece of work, much like the movements of a classical piece and as such is greater than the sum of its parts.
Just as this piece of work was a difficult and challenging creation for Beck, I found that much repeated listening was necessary for me to fully appreciate this work, a process that is still ongoing.
“Winter Ivy” is an audacious experimental work with its stark, otherworldly icicle keyboard motifs.
“The Frost” is almost operatic in its melodic intensity, melancholic yet somehow joyous in its overall feel. We are treated to an instrumental version to close the album.
“The Ghost of Lady Ivy” is an eerie masterpiece of folk-noir that becomes more haunting on repeated listening.
“In Darkest December” has an unusual “Enya-esque” appeal vaguely reminiscent of bagpipes, the most gothic piece on the album.
“The Mistletoe Bough”, “Little Red Bird of the Lonely Moor” and “As the Holly Groweth Green” celebrates Beck’s love of medieval folk legends. No CD by Beck would be complete without them!
“Soft Snowfall on a Dark Winter Morn” is more contemplative with a catchy keyboard hook that stays with you.
“When the Snow is on the Ground” and “And the Snow Cloaks Silently” are odes to Beck’s love of wildlife and have a simpler feel that perfectly balances the album.
“Still the White Snow” is the perfect chill-out song with a drink around the fire.
This CD is evolving in my mind as Beck’s best work and as such suggests her musical journey is still in its ascendancy.