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Beautiful Songwriting Vol. 2

Released: May 2014

Featuring: The Capsules / anchor & the butterfly / Arctic Tern / Ayla Nereo / Joseph / Calvin Lamothe / a million creatures / Seth Paul Macchi / Kathryn Joseph / Prim / Kine Hjeldnes

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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 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 experiences with them. Words: Jamie Downes

The Capsules

The Long Goodbye Saint Marie Records (May 2014)
You need only close your eyes for the latest from The Capsules to transport you onto a single cloud in an otherwise clear blue sky, and on what is a miraculously worthy follow-up to their stunning fourth album, the journey is once again guaranteed to be idyllic. CD

anchor & the butterfly

Nothing To Win Nothing To Lose Ghost Gum Records (March 2014)
A truly exquisite display of refined, musically-articulate emotion, the debut album from anchor & the butterfly is an extraordinary collection of elegant, dignified songs that, with their apparent acceptance of the human condition, slowly burn a single tear-shaped hole in your ageing heart. Download

Arctic Tern

Hopeful Heart Self Released (May 2014)
Bearing a noteworthy resemblance to a stripped-back Matchbox 20, the sophomore EP from Belfast’s Arctic Tern is a predominately gentle, invariably captivating affair that thrives on the emotional intensity stirred by the consummate confluence of its keys, strings and vocals. Download

Ayla Nereo

Hollow Bone Self Released (March 2014)
Showcasing an unmistakable kinship with the natural world, Ayla Nero’s latest album marries folky simplicity with mystically-inspired experimentation, ultimately sounding as if it were written and recorded after a life-affirming week split between the company of forest faeries and a percussion-happy tribe living to the beat of nature’s drum. Download (PWYW)

Joseph

Native Dreamer Kin Self Released (March 2014)
Driven forward by knockout sisterly harmonies, the debut album from Portland trio Joseph could almost have been written a-hundred-and-fifty years ago, its collection of impeccably built, humanly and spiritually aware songs returning the listener to a simpler, less cluttered world. Download (PWYW)

Calvin Lamothe

Ten Tundra Self Released (April 2014)
With its wonderfully magisterial vocals and honest, carefully considered treatment of the memories, hopes and dreams that inspired its existence, Ten Tundra is a prodigious work that radiates with honour, respect and self-awareness. Download (PWYW)

a million creatures

Fugitives Self Released (April 2014)
A supreme storytelling effort, Fugitives’ sorrowful, sentimental tales are perfect fodder for the soothing voice of Molly Murphy, which delivers with a natural longing and regret that becomes firmly lodged in the trenches of your consciousness. Download

Seth Paul Macchi

The Valley S & S Creative (April 2014)
A brooding darkness rolls through much of Seth Paul Macchi’s The Valley, a claustrophobic melancholy that remains present even when the lyrics suggest a more positive outlook; the self-torment eminently relatable and like a beacon to the listener, as a flame is to the moth. Download

Kathryn Joseph

Bones You Have Thrown Me and Blood I've Spilled Self Released (January 2014)
The debut album from Kathryn Joseph, 'Bones You Have Thrown Me and Blood I've Spilled' takes the listener to a bleak Scottish homestead in the middle of nowhere, and after reaching for a blanket to stave off the cold, said listener will likely sit utterly still, transfixed by the haunting vocals and bare-bones production Download

Prim

Older Self Released (April 2014)
Easy-going first effort from Cincinnati four-piece with a dreamy atmosphere and confident, languid songwriting style just made for a lazy summer’s day. Download (PWYW)

Kine Hjeldnes

Elude Furore (April 2014)
Meticulously crafted and gracefully realised, Elude is a deceivingly complex record that is best enjoyed when you can relax and allow the intricacies of its space-opera-esque spirit to wash right over you. Download