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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

Carefully curated, as always. Stream, download, enjoy, share, and support those involved. Many thanks to all.

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Words & Links

Each track included on this compilation has been selected as a representation of the record it was originally recorded for: a record that, in all cases, A Lonely Ghost Burning loves and believes deserving of more attention. Below are some short write-ups of these records, not intended as review material, but simply as an attempt to communicate one person's experience with them. Words: Jamie Downes

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. Download

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. Download (PWYW)

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. Download

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. Download

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. Download

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. Download (PWYW)

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. Download

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. Download (PWYW)

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. Download (PWYW)

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. Download

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. Download (PWYW)