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Beck Sian & Jonathan Kershaw | By These Words, We Are Haunted, Vol. 1

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By These Words, We Are Haunted, Vol. 1

by Beck Sian & Jonathan Kershaw

Atmospheric and haunting music and narrative renditions of ghostly poems from 19th and 20th century literature
Genre: Spoken Word: With Music
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Shadwell Stair (Wilfrid Owen, 1893-1918)
Beck Sian & Jonathan Kershaw
2:44 $0.99
2. The Shadow On the Stone (Thomas Hardy, 1840-1928)
Beck Sian & Jonathan Kershaw
3:04 $0.99
3. Home (Rupert Brooke, 1887-1915)
Beck Sian & Jonathan Kershaw
2:02 $0.99
4. Shadow March (Robert Louis Stevenson, 1850-1894)
Beck Sian & Jonathan Kershaw
2:50 $0.99
5. The Call (Charlotte Mew, 1869-1928)
Beck Sian & Jonathan Kershaw
2:51 $0.99
6. Haunted Houses (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1807-1882)
Beck Sian & Jonathan Kershaw
3:36 $0.99
7. Late At Even (From "Momentos" By Charlotte Bronte, 1816-1855)
Beck Sian & Jonathan Kershaw
4:05 $0.99
8. The Voice (Thomas Hardy, 1840-1928)
Beck Sian & Jonathan Kershaw
2:19 $0.99
9. The Water Lily (Henry Lawson, 1867-1922)
Beck Sian & Jonathan Kershaw
5:14 $0.99
10. The Way Through the Woods (Rudyard Kipling, 1865-1936)
Beck Sian & Jonathan Kershaw
2:40 $0.99
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Album Notes
An exciting new collaborative, concept album between Beck Sian and Jonathan Kershaw. "By These Words, Are We Haunted...Vol. 1" is a collection of ghost poems from the last 200 years narrated and sung by Beck and Jonathan set to a haunting musical backdrop.

"This isn't the latest album from either Beck Sian or I but an exclusive and intriguing side project that we were both keen to have a look at. Beck has an extensive knowledge and interest in poetic works with supernatural themes from both classical and modern sources. The idea then came together to compile some of her favourites and set them to some ghostly sounds.... A late night, fireside companion." - Jonathan Kershaw



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A brave departure that really works. Well done guys.
An intelligent mixture of spoken word and music, Jonathan manages to sound slightly apprehensive on one track, as though he does n’t quite believe what he’s just seen, and downright sinister on another whilst Beck not only reads quite beautifully but sings, as always, like the angel she is.

I very much enjoyed this release which, as Volume I, I’m hoping means there's at least one follow-up on the cards.

Andrew Shaw

By These Words We are Haunted!!
By These Words We Are Haunted is Beck Sian & Jonathan Kershaw’s first joint recording project together, a quirky and rather unusual collection of 10 of their favourite “ghost poems” from 19th century writers that have often been the inspiration behind their largely original songs and gigs.
It is unnecessary to have any familiarity with these, as Beck and Jonathan breathe new life into them and their interpretation makes them understandable and relevant to a new audience. It may take several listens to fully appreciate these, but what immediately stands out is that they are both natural story-tellers and narrators with a genuine emotional understanding of these works.
Each piece is richly illustrated with Jonathan’s richly atmospheric and evocative keyboard motifs and sound effects (wind, clocks, fires, water, birds to name a few) with Beck’s soaring vocals that are sometimes spoken, sometimes sung - the contributions of either perfectly complementing the other. The effect can seem sparse on first hearing, but after repeated listening I had lots of fun creating images in my mind. Definitely an album for dark foggy nights sitting around a warm crackling log-fire!
“Shadwell Stair” sees Beck’ character on the foggy river steps of East London, the water literally lapping around. “Shadow On The Stone” is all ethereal howling winds and mesmerising keyboards perfectly complementing Beck’s soaring soprano voice. “Shadow March” recalls discordant forgotten memories of a nursery, reminiscent of “Ring-O-Ring of Roses”. “Haunted Houses” has a harpsichord feel and is perhaps one of the most gothic and operatic pieces on the album, perfectly complemented by Jonathan’s narration. “The Water Lily” is reminiscent of early Kate Bush songs and is a fitting tribute to her influence from Beck. The album’s last song “The Way Through The Woods” is the perhaps the most unusual and experimental on the album but rounds off their debut perfectly.