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The Dawn Is Crowned with Opium Tears

by The Story UK

Psych folk, pop and rock combine to create a dream-like wonderland of British eccentrica.
Genre: Folk: Psych-folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Beginning
1:27 $0.99
2. Floating Box
4:24 $0.99
3. Road to Ascension
4:02 $0.99
4. Emergency
2:27 $0.99
5. English Oak
4:22 $0.99
6. The Moon, the Sun
5:00 $0.99
7. Wonderland
4:41 $0.99
8. Dawn Tourist
4:13 $0.99
9. The Wickerman
2:30 $0.99
10. Opium Tears
5:07 $0.99
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Album Notes
Martin and Tom Welham finally bring their vinyl private pressing EP to light along with their new offerings, in this most otherwordly album 'The Dawn is Crowned with Opium Tears', spanning a decade's work.

The album opens with the wild clattering percussion of 'Beginning', which abruptly comes to a halt as the purple netherworld of 'Floating Box' takes over in a dystopian drone.

The sighing tones of acoustic ballad 'Road to Ascension' next play out, with a psychedelic meditation on the hereafter, as the duo combine in natural harmony.

The half-dreamt tale 'Emergency' takes us along with haunting inevitability to an uncertain end. Backward tapes and siren keyboards link to give a pervading tension throughout, before the wooden solidity of 'English Oak' brings us safely home. Chiming guitars, pastoral whistle and the duo's classic familial harmonies end side one in a euphoric state.

The refreshing earthy rocker 'The Moon, The Sun' heralds the beginning of side two in celebratory fashion weaving in and out of the moonset and the sunrise. Its multi-sectional structure drives the varying moods embraced throughout.

The band then take a side step to a 'Wonderland' of contemplation before 'Dawn Tourist' sweeps us up into a cloud stream of string-laden melancholy, soon lifted by the beating drums heralding the rising sun.

'The Wickerman's' sinister tale rumbles and tumbles into play in a breathless pagan torrent, as spiky guitars vie with forboding drum and organ.

The Story turns on its head as our sense of time is both stretched and soothed in the eponymous 'Opium Tears' , which seeks out a love unfulfilled in an unsettling, darkly oblique soundscape, bringing the album to a dramatic conclusion.



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