Don McCloskey | Corporal Spirits

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Corporal Spirits

by Don McCloskey

Love songs in the age of the predator drone.
Genre: Rock: Folk Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Into the Unknown
3:04 $0.99
2. Off My Mind
2:30 $0.99
3. Kill the Lights
3:32 $0.99
4. A Union Divine
3:04 $0.99
5. Genuflecting Skyscrapers
3:19 $0.99
6. Crashing in Waves
3:29 $0.99
7. If You Only Knew
5:06 $0.99
8. Angeline
2:41 $0.99
9. Cold World
4:23 $0.99
10. Late Night At the Golden Eagle
2:59 $0.99
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Album Notes
Corporal Spirits is Don McCloskey's third independent release and marks a dramatic progression form his previous albums both musically and lyrically. In stark contrast to the lo-fi multi-tracking of Bombs Over Bristol and the stripped-down folk rock aesthetic of Northern Liberties, Corporal Spirits was recorded live with a ten-piece band with McCloskey handling writing, arranging and vocal duties. The result is a large, sweeping, soundscape that provides wide-open spaces for McCloskey's surrealistic imagery to run wild.

The use of "Corporal" in the album's title instead of "Corporeal Spirits" is a play on words that invokes both militaristic and religious overtones. Violence and spirituality recur as a theme throughout the album which overall could be cnsidered a contemplation of opposing forces; man and woman, body and spirit, love and war, harmony and discord. This is reflected in the opening lines of Union Divine when McCloskey sings, "Everyone I know can plainly hear it/ That hazy afterglow of disembodied spirits/ We're hovering around like predator drones/ We're crashing to the ground like enemy bones/ Cause when we land it's devastation of a union divine." Or in the heartbreaking croon of Cold World, "And as the fire fell from the sky/A single tear fell from your eye/You leaned in close and whispered/Until next time/It'sa Cold World/Let's Stay together/Come a little closer/I'll wear you like a sweater/Cause without you there would be nothing."

Opposing forces manifest themselves not only in the songs' lyrics but in the overall production of the album as well. Working for the first time with record producer, Bill Moriarty (Dr. Dog, Man Man, Josh Ritter), McCloskey envisioned an album recorded live simultaneously by two bands. In one room, drums, piano, percussion, bass, and rhythm guitar pounded away, embodying the primal, "corporeal" elements of the music while vocalists, vibraphones, slide guitars swirled next door, giving voice to the song's more ambient, ethereal aspects. Female backing vocals provided balance to McCloskey's lead and musicians were often asked to provide dissonance and discord to an otherwise harmonious ensemble.

In order to preserve the more human and soulful elements of record-making, the musicians cut all the tracks live without the use of overdubs, edits or the aid of a click track over the course of three days. This meant any mistakes made would be permanent. Every note you hear on this album is exactly as it was played in the studio with the only exception being McCloskey's vocals which were overdubbed to accommodate any lyric changes.

The end result is Corporal Spirits, the most subtle, complex and thrilling musical offering from McCloskey to date. His songwriting influences are laid bare in this collection from Scott Walker to Leonard Cohen, and Paul Simon. The music and production draws inspiration from half a century of American and British recordings from 50's pop and doo-wop to 60's girl groups, Phil Spector productions, Motown, psychedelic pop, 70's singer-songwriters, 90's Alternative and contemporary indie rock.



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