ALISON COTTON Only Darkness Now LP Silver Vinyl
RELEASE DATE NOVEMBER 5 2021
With gliding viola and choral forces, ‘Only Darkness Now’ is a more alive, peopled landscape than its predecessor. Moods remain contemplative, concerned with vivid, historical netherworlds and torments - we see this in extended album centrepiece ‘Behind the Spiderweb Gate’ and in ‘In Solitude I Will Fade Away’. However, despite its title, ‘Only Darkness’ now has a brighter expanse: Cotton layers viola, chimes and Omnichord - an electrical ghost-like medieval drone - alongside percussion, harmonium, piano and voice. This is a confident record, lifting ‘Shirt Of Lace’ by medieval revivalist Dorothy Carter, from Celtic lament to cathedral like grandeur.
Original cassette releases on Bloxham Tapes and limited vinyl editions by Cardinal Fuzz sold out instantly with little press.
|Behind The Spiderweb Gate||20:37|
|In Solitude I Will Fade Away||1:59|
|How My Heart Bled In Bleeding Heart Yard||5:56|
|The Hill Was Hollow||1:52|
|Shirt Of Lace||12:03|