Ian Lang | Blood on a Pale Moon

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Blood on a Pale Moon

by Ian Lang

Anglo- American Folk
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Blood on a Pale Moon
3:35 $0.99
2. Vanity Dance
3:18 $0.99
3. Wings
2:41 $0.99
4. WheatLand
5:08 $0.99
5. Angels Sometimes Cry
4:12 $0.99
6. Highclere Hotel
2:22 $0.99
7. Big Sky
3:45 $0.99
8. Catherine's Field
3:34 $0.99
9. Birnham Street
3:58 $0.99
10. Life On A Wire
3:26 $0.99
11. Protocol
4:44 $0.99
12. Where The River Ends
3:28 $0.99
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Album Notes
Came out of the blue ( well Stoke on Trent, England to be exact) and a surprise indeed this record. The website is scant on info. although it appears that Ian Lang was once front man for 80's band Small Change and an ex-member of Any Trouble plays on his discs. The vocal similarity to Austin resident Tom Ovans is almost scary but rather than imitation I expect it reflects this artists love for the Dylanesque timbre. The mood is overwhelmingly melancholy but the production whilst not expensive is fitting and mellow. 'Wheatland' has lovely dobro playing ( back cover shows the singer hunched over a national it appears) and has a great slow Tom Waits like feel. Worth seeking out the CD for this track alone. Occasionally the songs stray into sentimental Paul Brady territory but even there the playing and gritty vocal saves the day.
'Highclere Hotel' has a lovely 'pedal steel' sound shimmering behind the melody but as the sleeve insists one not present maybe one of the eclectic lineup of instruments that includes djembe and caxixi ( what that? ed!). That instrumental leads into the more upbeat 'Big Sky' which seems jauntier after the preceeding melancholy. A touch closer to Mike Scotts 'Fishermen Blues' phase and a heart looking northwards I feel as the fiddle saws in and out. In my years reviewing singer-songwriters from these Isles I rarely come across someone who could hold a candle to the very best especially the likes of Scotland's Michael Marra. Well Ian Lang would still shine with his own light if held close to those flames. I don't give praise to UK 'americana' artists often but this guy is the real deal and needs support check his CDs out forthwith! Stoke on Trent's very own Leonard Cohen....well crafted as Wedgwood but coloured dark as blood. ....."I saw a scarecrow in the pouring rain.....livng on faith and alcohol"( 'Protocol')....thank god for surprises like this.....a true trailer star if ever I heard one.



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Eva Tree

Truly Soulful!
'Blood on a pale Moon' is a wonderful soulful album!
Ian's voice is intimate and tender on 'Wings' and the storytelling is a tapestry full of yearning and discovery. All the songs are unique, well crafted finely crafted. I look forward to hearing more from Ian!

Don Goldsmith

The first thing that one notices with Ian Lang’s “Blood on a pale moon” is an impeccable sense of arrangement that is felt from the very beginning to the end of this cd. The second thing you will notice is an inviting voice that calls the listener into the songs and the stories that they tell. “Blood on a pale moon” is a wonderful cd. It has become my Sunday morning coming down . . . b.b. wolfe

Martha Ann

Songs that paint pictures, unforgettable melodies
Ian Lang has captured a very cool groove on this CD. It is laid back but edgy. The stories he tells in his songs are captivating. He uses instrumentation to great advantage in each tune, with unexpected accents embellishing without overpowering. This is the kind of music I will listen to over and over again. Personal favorite track: Wheatland. If you like contemporary folk music, you need this CD in your collection.

Nancy K

This CD is truly a gem...
Ian Lang’s “Blood on a Pale Moon” has risen straight to the top of my favorite CD discoveries for this year. First of all Ian’s voice is truly wonderful, inviting, a bit rough-hewn and sounds unlike anyone else I can think of except maybe a tiny bit like Bill Morrissey. Then there is the richness of visual imagery in each of the songs that sticks in your head like dream images once the song is finished. Finally, the melodies dance and the production and performances are crystalline & sparkling as a mountain stream. A gem in every way… My favorite song today is "Vanity Dance".