Martyn Bates | Fireworks & Jewels/the Colour of Amber

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Fireworks & Jewels/the Colour of Amber

by Martyn Bates

weird-folk / classic songwriting - eyeless in gaza - introspection - intimacy - intensity
Genre: Rock: Experimental Rock
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2. Faith Stars
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3. Call & Response
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4. Long After
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5. Embers, Starry Tapers
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6. Away
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7. Gathering
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8. Belong
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9. If At All
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10. Shielded/Yielding
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11. Remembering
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12. Fireworks & Jewels
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Fireworks & Jewels is the 3rd solo album in as many years from Eyeless In Gaza’s Martyn Bates – being a collection of mostly voice/guitar pieces with a focus on the SONG – words and music stripped to core elements. Working with these elements, Elizabeth S. and Alan Trench introduce subtle colours to the body of these performances – with Trench adding particularly deft applications of electronics & tape treatments – creating a whole other supporting soundworld for the seeming fragility of Bates’ apparently often elusively private world of words & music. As Bates’ states, for him, the whole process of music-making is cathartic. On this occasion the resulting songs address some elusive and mercurial ideas and concepts. According to Bates: “ … I wanted to put across … the way that during heightened moments in everyday life – within those moments where there are “fireworks & jewels” as you might say – there’s always a spark or a thought there that flashes the colour amber – an elusive, tantalising light that you know is eternal, and forever, and yet … it’s somehow, always, always held out of reach … .” The appropriate watchwords here might well be, perhaps, Process & Effect, Illusion & Reality, or feasibly, in keeping with the album’s title, Shadow & Substance.

Fireworks & Jewels / The Colour of Amber was completed July 2015 and recorded at Bridge House Studios, on the Greek isle of Evia – the atmosphere of whose current social and political situation of doubt and uncertainty could perhaps be said to have had a noticeable influence upon the brooding & unsettled spirit at work throughout this album.

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