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Diving Bell Shallows

by The Milling Gowns

Orchestral Gloom Pop
Genre: Pop: Chamber Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Bird in the Ice
5:28 $0.99
2. Cape the Pearls
6:38 $0.99
3. Palace of Owls
4:18 $0.99
4. Macaw
5:07 $0.99
5. Dust for Kissers
4:23 $0.99
6. Drug Company
4:29 $0.99
7. Violet Wrist
3:42 $0.99
8. Lily of the Mouth
4:01 $0.99
9. The Stars' Nest
4:58 $0.99
10. Airedales
4:58 $0.99
11. Bathing the Dead
3:40 $0.99
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Album Notes
Diving Bell Shallows is the debut full-length album from Boston band The Milling Gowns. It is a dark and emotional album that also offers up warmth and hope. Band members include singer/songwriter M., pianist Sharon Crumrine, violinist/violist Betty Widerski and drummer Allen Esser. On this record, they use full string sections, choirs, harp, oboe, even birds and typewriters, and more! The Milling Gowns are rarely mentioned without such descriptive words as \'lush\', \'gorgeous\', \'emotional\' or \'dark\'. And while Diving Bell Shallows is all of these things, it is also surprising, inventive and catchy! This is such an incredible record - it\'s hard to believe it is their first!

\"Diving Bell Shallows has hooks to hang your ears on. The first full-length recording from local band The Milling Gowns reels you in - between the introspective lyrics and the lush arrangements there\'s food for anyone at this buffet. Images abound, from the biblical Lazarus to a sequence that sounds like the ubiquitous meditation tape. Standout tracks for this reviewer include \'Dust for Kissers\', \'Violet Wrist\', \'Cape the Pearls\', and \'Macaw\'. Play this when you\'re looking for the next band to hit it big from Boston.\" -Joann Keesey WMFO Medford, MA



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Jesse Schust

Beautiful songs
These are beautiful songs - full of mystery and depth. If you are already familiar with 'Macaw' and 'Airedales' from the EP 'Light of the World Shine on Me', you may find the new versions of these songs more melodic and less dark/melancholic.

My personal favorites on this album are 'Cape the Pearls', 'Palace of Owls', and 'Lily of the Mouth'. There's no easy way to describe the range of songs on this album. Suffice it to say the songs have varied moods and melodies. Many songs take you on musical journies with varied settings - dense musical forests, empty open fields of voice and piano, and rolling hills of duets and trios (voice, piano, and violin mainly). A delicious chaos threads its way through many of these songs - this is well illustrated by 'Drug Company' and 'The Stars Nest'

This is a beautiful collection of songs. M's voice remains completely absorbing (though a little more hidden in some of the song mixes than I'd prefer). The more I listen, the more I get from these songs.

Susana Cortina

El cantante tiene una voz de esas aterciopeladas!
Acabo de oír el CD: La música es preciocisíma y muy original. La voz del tipo, el violín, las composiciones, todo me pareció excepcional. El cantante tiene una voz de esas aterciopeladas y las composiciones son hermosas y muy originales. Me encantó. ...

I just listened to the CD: The music is most beautiful and very original. The guy's voice, the violin, the compositions, I found it all exceptional. The singer has one of those velvety voices and the compositions are beautiful and very original. Loved it. ..

Aaron Cahill

Gorgeous orchestral arrangements and M.’s golden voice make a beautiful, magical album, full of warmth, intimacy and mystery. High points are “The Bird In The Ice” and “Airedales”. Simply wonderful. Buy this album!


My favorite is the lovely descant on Airedales. :-) Great CD!


Dark without Stark
The Milling Gowns\' full length debut is absolutely smashing. It has the crooning quality and dark lushness of Nick Cave or Morrissey without the violent subject matter. Each track is like a complete tasty dish with all the courses present. Each song works in complete harmony and it is definitely a labor of love.
It has the alternative taste while still appealing to the more conventional/casual listener. The booklet design is also stunning. All in all this is a wonderful album and these musicians will go very far!


Fantastic discovery
I think this might be the best album of the year so far. M.\'s vocals and lyrics are deeply moving, and the swelling instruments behind him create the atmosphere. The Milling Gowns have the amazing ability to write dark, moody that\'s still full of great hooks. I can\'t stop listening to it.


Beautiful, haunting, and poptastic
My favorite music features distinctive vocals, evocative (and clever) lyrics, and bum-wiggling instrumentation. The Milling Gowns\' first full-length release nails these crucial elements, with melodies that you\'ll find yourself humming for days after a single listen. The instrumentation is unusual for an album in my collection - strings, piano, even music boxes - but the results are both accessible and transporting. Highlights for me are \"Palace of Owls\", \"Violet Wrist\", and \"The Stars\' Nest\" - and I have to confess that \"Airedales\" makes me cry every time I hear it. If you like your sweetness and light to have a bit of a bite, I highly recommend you pick up \"Diving Bell Shallows\".