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The Boatman On The Downs

by Twelve Thousand Days

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Comely 05:30
The Boatman 05:22
As The Sun 08:24


Martyn Bates & Alan Trench return to the ghost-haunted Downs of Southern England for their new album, their fourth in five years to be released by Italy’s Final Muzik label.
Twelve Thousand Days are without a doubt producing some of the finest music in their twenty-five years of existence, abstract and evocative songs that seem to be from the folk canon, so rooted in tradition are they – and the band always give more than a nod to past glories with arrangements of “Arthur McBride” and a song which all children in England once learnt in primary school, “Early One Morning”, which is found here dis-assembled and fed through the haze of more than half a century of lives lived.
The two traditional songs sit comfortably alongside eight new compositions; “Comely” sets the tone, full of yearning and loss, and yet basking in hope, full of haunted voices and distant bells; the journey continues through tales of Wayland the Smith and the Silver City inspired by the verse of John Masefield, magickal tales of djinns and other spirits, an elegy to a departed friend, and more.
The soaring voice of Martyn Bates is underpinned by exquisite instrumentation – acoustic
guitars, flute organs, bodhrans and bells, mellotrons and analogue synthesisers, taking the
listener on a trip through the forgotten highways and byways of a drowned land.
Available as a limited edition CD Digipak, 500 copies.

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released March 15, 2023


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Final Muzik Udine, Italy

Final Muzik is an Italian independent record label, established in 2004. Releases range from experimental, electronic music to industrial and neofolk with occasional but cherished wanderings in darkwave and dark pop. Artists from very different backgrounds and musical experiences are found on our catalogue.
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