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Dust: Fragments From A Journey

by Peter Rainbird

Review from Mike Davies ".the album's imbued with a burnished spirituality, sensuous physical images, a sense of those wide open Canadian spaces and a deep, soulful yearning."
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Circling
5:09 $0.99
2. Burn
3:44 $0.99
3. Stand in Beauties Way
4:03 $0.99
4. Wings and Weapons
7:02 $0.99
5. Opium Mouth
4:00 $0.99
6. Waiting for the Miracle
7:30 $0.99
7. When We Arrive
5:08 $0.99
8. She Moved Through the Fair
5:11 $0.99
9. All Together Elsewhere
5:10 $0.99
10. Come In
5:10 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Ladies and gentlemen, will you please be upstanding for the first great album of 2008. Of Irish-Nordic extraction, Rainbird cut his teeth playing the London clubs, the coffee houses of LA and San Francisco and any number of dispiriting venues on tours across the UK, Ireland and Canada. Recorded with Bob Lanois (brother of Daniel), his debut release, the four track Dust EP, picked up BBC radio play but failed to generate much interest. Undaunted, Rainbird bid London farewell and returned to Toronto to work on a full length album. Recruiting musicians that, among others, included legendary bassist Tony Levin, percussionist and tabla player Pete Lockett and drummer Paul Brennan, he set to work crafting the material that now appears here, two songs recurring from the EP, two reworked from the Instinct Overides EP sold during the early tours, with six previously unavailable numbers.

Often evocative of Bruce Cockburn in his warm folk-tinged soaring vocals and the textured arrangements of the songs, but also with atmospheric hints of Peter Gabriel and Daniel Lanois, the album's imbued with a burnished spirituality, sensuous physical images, a sense of those wide open Canadian spaces and a deep, soulful yearning.

There's two non-originals. Waiting For A Miracle is Rainbird's new seven minute setting of Cohen's lyrics, the chiming guitars conjuring an atmosphere that can best be described as the musical equivalent of the aurora borealis. The second is a dark, plangent guitar and percussive rumbling treatment of the traditional She Moved Through The Fair, a heady brew given deeper intoxication courtesy of Lori Anna Reid's harmony duet. Her voice figures too on Burn, a song of swirling sexual desire with lyrics by Sharon Lewis.

Everything else is pure Rainbird, opening with the magnificent, widescreen chiming soulful folk rock of Circling taking supplicant's wings to the heavens with its vivid images of beads of sweat on exposed skin before moving on through the tumbling melodies and aching chorus of the spine-shivering Stand In Beauties Way and the Eastern-shaded musical palette of Wings & Weapons with its mantra rhythms, throaty guitar and tabla.

Completing the picture with tenderly bruised swaying ballad Opium Mouth, the shimmering night sky patterns and lullabying crescendos of When We Arrive, a bluesily, muscular folk rock Altogether Elsewhere and the climactic, open heart and welcome hands minor key anthemics of Come In, this persuasively claims its place in the debut albums hall of fame and fully deserves to earn Rainbird the international acclaim that is his due."




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Daniel Heinze

Dust :fragments From a Journey
English :
“There`s a good chance that my regular readers/visitors don`t know Peter Rainbird nor his recent album FFAJ at all. I'd love to change that. Peter is a guy from the UK who - after living in LA - lives in Canada now. And he`s a musician. He's making music that reminds me of Dave Matthews as well as of Bob Dylan or Neil Young. Mr. Rainbird might not write, like.. the BEST songs ever. BUT he's performing HIS songs in a way that's really impressing: self confident yet humble, reverential yet airily. The moment he starts to deliver his rendition of the often-performed song SMTTF, you realize that this is one of the best interpretations of this folk song ever. And you realize: this guy deserves a lot of attention - as soon as possible.”
Daniel Heinze ~Leipzig

German :
“Die Wahrscheinlichkeit, dass meine lieben Leser noch nie was von Peter Rainbird und seinem aktuellen Album Fragments From A Journey gehört haben, ist vermutlich recht hoch. Genau das möchte ich mit diesem kleinen Eintrag ändern. Peter ist ein Brite, der - nach Stationen wie Los Angeles - inzwischen in Kanada lebt, und er macht Musik - Musik, die mich an Dave Matthews erinnert, aber auch an Klassiker wie Bob Dylan oder Neil Young. Mr. Rainbird schreibt vielleicht nicht die brilliantesten Songs der Welt. Aber er interpretiert SEINE Lieder auf beeindruckende Art und Weise: selbstbewußt und dennoch bescheiden; ehrfürchtig und dennoch sorglos. Und wenn er dann noch das viel strapazierte "She Moved Through The Fair" anstimmt und mit traumwandlerischer Sicherheit eine der besten Interpretationen abliefert, die diesem Volkslied je widerfahren sind, dann wird endgültig klar: dieser Typ verdient jede Menge Aufmerksamkeit, und zwar sofort!
Herrliches Singer-/Songwriter-Album, das hoffentlich auch sehr bald ganz regulär bei uns zu haben ist.”
Daniel Heinze