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Beautiful Songwriting Vol. 1

Released: January 2014

Featuring tracks taken from the latest releases of; Isobel Anderson / Gar Clemens / Hollie April / Natalie Evans / Race To The Sea / New Born / Hana Zara / David Ronnegard / Down Like Silver / Aphir / Vienna Ditto

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What We're About

A Lonely Ghost Burning's carefully curated compilations aim to serve as a gateway into newly released albums, EPs and demos that have our unreserved backing. There's no filler, no reputations, just great music from records that deserve all the extra exposure they can get.

The Download

Free download from Noisetrade contains all tracks in MP3 format, while the free download from Bandcamp contains all tracks in the format of your choosing. If you like what you hear, show the artists some love, either socially or monetarily. All the links you'll need are below, along with a few words on the record that each track comes from. All tracks appear with explicit permission from the relevant band/artist.

Future Plans?

All being well, our next volume of beautiful songwriting types will be appearing before the end of April, with the next alt-punk offering pencilled in for May. Follow us at the usual places for updates.

1.) Botanical Romance

Isobel Anderson

In My Garden

Self Released (December 2013)

With a voice bearing such undeniable presence as to seem its own entity, Isobel Anderson has produced what is, at its vocally resplendent peak, surely as effortless, transfixing and timeless a folk record as one is likely to find.(Jamie Downes // 07/01/14)

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2.) St. Anthony's Pawn Shop

Gar Clemens

Onion Eyes

Self Released (December 2013)

Gar Clemens' delightful Americana-influenced-folk debut full-length may be simple, sleepy and comforting, but it is also thematically captivating, and all too capable of stirring up the kind of nagging life sentiments usually reserved for when your head hits the pillow.(Jamie Downes // 07/01/14)

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3.) The Sun And The Sea

Hollie April

Marionette

Self Released (December 2013)

Expertly crafted, Marionette is an often delicate, shyly sorrowful record given life by the stunning, distinctive vocal talents of a creator whose voice pulls on the heartstrings with both its grainy fragility and pristine flourishes.(Jamie Downes // 07/01/14)

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4.) Butterflies

Natalie Evans

Houses

Self Released (March 2013)

Almost certainly one of the prettiest records your ears will ever be fortunate enough to process, Houses is like a musical representation of the perfect daydream. You’ll have not the slightest desire to struggle when you realise that Evans is gently prising away your hope-restored heart.(Jamie Downes // Taken from ALGB review - here)

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5.) Daredevil

Race To The Sea

Race To The Sea

Self Released (November 2013)

Best appreciated at the end of a long day, the debut EP from Race To The Sea transports the listener to a deserted urban street of thorough calm and tranquillity, its carefully constructed ambience and deftly delivered vocals enhanced further by Dan Peacock's flair for subtle melodies.(Jamie Downes // 07/01/14)

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6.) Worst Enemy

New Born

Lost In The City (Demos)

Self Released (October 2013)

The echoing calls of a soul lost in the empty spaces of a world too busy to notice, New Born's demo release is a relatable purge of self-doubt and insecurity, expressing the loneliness of the human condition with the help of copious and entirely befitting reverb. (Jamie Downes // 07/01/14)

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7.) New World Order

Hana Zara

Tatterhood

Self Released (September 2013)

Tatterhood plays like a collection of vignettes, with Hana Zara's confident lyricism and immaculate pacing as such, that she is able to offer the listener a lonely seat watching re-runs of the tales playing out before them; the tone of her voice betraying an emotional turbulence that is equally sad and fascinating.(Jamie Downes // 07/01/14)

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8.) Just To Stay

David Rönnegård

Goddess

Self Released (November 2013)

Mixing foot-stomping alt-folk charges with heartbreaking moments of quiesce, Goddess is an often defiant, sometimes nostalgic collection that baulks at the concept of emotional suppression and leaves the listener in no doubt whatsoever about the abundance of honesty poured into each of its tracks.(Jamie Downes // 07/01/14)

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9.) Light That Match

Down Like Silver

Light That Match

Self Released (December 2013)

Some voices are meant for one another, or so it seems with Down Like Silver's Caitlin Canty and Peter Bradley Adams, whose latest release features two tracks of warm, folky harmonies that would heat even the coldest of winter-claimed lodges.(Jamie Downes // 07/01/14)

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10.) Long Shadow

Aphir

Invirtue

Self Released (June 2013)

Choral music with a contemporary flavour, Invirtue is how one imagines a concert of the angels would sound, the pure, gentle vocals mesmerising in their delivery of divine possibilities. A stunningly produced triumph of creativity. (Jamie Downes // 07/01/14)

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11.) By Way Of Apology

Vienna Ditto

Ugly

Self Released (September 2013)

As I have stated once before, Vienna Ditto could be the famed house-band at the most progressive of western saloons, the swankiest of jazz clubs or the trendiest of futuristic space bars. Ugly is another softly sung collection of era defiance that should surely see its creators requiring a permit for being quite so cool. (Jamie Downes // 07/01/14)

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