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Beautiful Songwriting Vol. 5

Released: April 2016 Cover art: Ann-Sofie Vejs

Featuring the considerable talents of Riley Pinkerton / Benedict Benjamin / Ditte Elly / Halina Heron / Nightingail / SJ Kurtis / Ira Wolf / Redfox / A Voice For Vultures / Perlo / Max Krumm

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

Download via Bandcamp (free) or via Noisetrade (free)

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

Riley Pinkerton

Do You Have A Car Self Released (January 2016) ' Timeless and majestic... ..., Riley Pinkerton possesses an aura of authoritative and transcendent sophistication on her debut record: a slow-burning but ultimately intoxicating incense worn with an unaffected confidence and calculated restraint.' Stream / purchase on Bandcamp

Benedict Benjamin

Night Songs Sugarcoat Records (March 2016) 'Startlingly honest and self-aware… …, the debut from Benedict Benjamin is a lyrically astute collection of inwardly directed chastisement and regret: a self-imposed intervention inducing a mix of painful lucidity and dreamlike detachment.' Stream / purchase digital & CD on Bandcamp

Ditte Elly

Songs Self Released (March 2016) 'Consummately controlled… …, 'Songs' is a deliberately paced work of evocative splendour, mesmerically inducing long periods of solitary quiescence with its gentle, evenly-reflective dawn and dusk strolls. ' Stream / purchase digital & CD on Bandcamp

Halina Heron

villages Self Released (April 2016) 'Existing as a dark, lonely and dominant sadness... …, 'villages' is the soundtrack to a tastefully cinematic sepulchral reverie: an overcast period of mourning for an unexpected loss that weighs heavily on the soul.' Stream / purchase on Bandcamp

Nightingail

Nightingail Self Released (July 2015) 'Soulful and unhurried... …, the eponymous debut from Nightingail near crackles with masterfully engendered nostalgia, framing its romanticised tales as hand-cranked video recordings redolent of simpler times long passed.' Stream / purchase on Noisetrade (NYP)

SJ Kurtis

Illumine Self Released (February 2016) ' Vocally vibrant and sonically engrossing... … 'Illumine' exists on a stark and uncluttered canvas, much of its sadness and longing painted with clean brush strokes -- some unusually bright in shade, others conspicuous simply by their wonderfully flowing nature.' Stream / purchase on Bandcamp

Ira Wolf

Honest Self Released (March 2016) 'Imbued with an unostentatiously communicated disillusionment... …, 'Honest' is a melancholy traversal from one inevitably lonely road to another, searching with forlorn hope for anything that might make the increasing uncertainty and sadness of life's greater journey worthwhile. Stream / purchase digital & CD on Bandcamp

Redfox

Winter Self Released (February 2016) 'A mature rendering of tortured hope... …,, the debut from Redfox haunts on the frigid air of a winter forest, determinedly focussed on imperfect pasts and alternate presents: the wandering remnants of a lost soul, yearning for resolution.' Stream / purchase digital & CD on Bandcamp

A Voice For Vultures

The Descent Self Released (April 2016) 'Vivid and hypnotic… …, 'The Descent' is a despairing and anguished production delivered with sincere solemnity from the dark, lonely tumult of life's determinedly oppressive stage.' Stream / purchase on Bandcamp

Perlo

Patterns Self Released (April 2016) 'Understated and tender… …, 'Patterns' is the loving, protective arm that attempts to quell suddenly mounting disquiet: the kind triggered by a brooding fixation on the lack of acknowledgement offered to time as it passes, eternally unabated, past the living room window.' Stream / purchase on Bandcamp

Max Krumm

Tides Self Released (January 2016) 'Remarkably sincere... ..., 'Tides' is residual energy forever playing out scenes of deep personal sadness, watched through mournful, tear-sodden eyes that apprehensively await the heart's courageous acceptance of the fact it's finally time to look away.' Stream / purchase on Bandcamp (NYP)