Gunsling Birds | Abode of Kings in a Derelict Kingdom

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Abode of Kings in a Derelict Kingdom

by Gunsling Birds

Lush, melancholy, dream-like music ideal for midnight solitude.
Genre: Rock: Post-Rock/Experimental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. These Daguerreotypes
1:00 $0.99
2. I Am Constantly Thirsty
4:42 $0.99
3. Derelict Kingdom
2:25 $0.99
4. I Heard About Robert Lamb
0:35 $0.99
5. Donuts for Dinner
4:54 $0.99
6. Nightmute
4:19 $0.99
7. The Red Cross Is a Pyramid Scheme Run By Vampires
2:02 $0.99
8. Giant Robot Bee
1:15 $0.99
9. Our Blood Is Thicker Than This
4:17 $0.99
10. Landshanty
1:26 $0.99
11. Breathing Manual
4:09 $0.99
12. Too Late for Thieves
3:19 $0.99
13. The Final Transmission of Gary Cohlanger
1:13 $0.99
14. Burning Gasoline and the Midnight Oil
4:54 $0.99
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Album Notes
Gunsling Birds is driving through Main Street late at night and noticing how the rain cleans the streets when we sleep; a candle-light image of a familiar room. There is a refreshing clarity innate in the tones and timbres which can at once leave you spellbound, and utterly distracted.

Abode of Kings is an album about both exploration and isolation and an insular travel in a dream-like state. It traverses the realm of the gentle and melancholy, punctuated by the periodic clamor of noisy ambience. Drawing on rich and diverse arrangements, it illustrates a world that is both desperate and desolate, but also fragile and precious.



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Peters at CD Baby

With "Abode of Kings in a Derelict Kingdom" Gunsling Birds have crafted a brooding, lush album of ruminant indie folk rock. But it's the kind of introspective somberness that you want to listen to on repeat and really inhabit. Its warm vibrance comes often from acoustic guitars, while the song "Donuts for Dinner" is based on grand piano, a drum loop, and wiry guitar sounds. At other times, they let their inner rock gods take over, like the final minute of "Our Blood is Thicker Than This," which segues nicely into the short experimental piece "Landshanty." Album closer "Burning Gasoline And The Midnight Oil" sounds something like Magnetic Fields with a live drum-and-bass beat propelling the piano and guitar. Unexpected chord changes keep the songs going in imaginative places, while core singer/songwriter Scott Hallam's distinctive, hushed vocals call to mind Nick Drake and Ours' singer Jimmy Gnecco.