New Glissando record ’With Our Arms Wide Open We March Towards the Burning Sea’ is now available to pre-order through the Gizeh Online Store www.gizehrecords.bigcartel.com
There is a limited edition CD + Cassette option that is strictly limited to 20 copies so grab while you can!
Release date is June 23rd but all pre-orders will be shipped w/c June 16th.
If you’re not sure what to expect from this lovely record there is a new version of ’Floods’ available on myspace which is taken from the album.
Here’s a bit of info for you:
’With Our Arms Wide Open We March Towards the Burning Sea’ is probably best listened to at night, I’m not trying to rule your life or anything – just a friendly nudge in the right direction.
It has a dark, gentle heartbeat that opens up an atmosphere lost and bleak but through Elly May Irving’s vocal there is always a sense of wonder, a thought that something otherworldly is occurring.
There is an ambience to the record that throws it into the vein of some of the Kranky labels releases but it’s more orchestral than that, there’s more melody and a lyrical content that just seems to suck you in and hold you close. The closing lines of ’Floods’ in which Elly May, Richard Knox and Tom Morris (Her Name Is Calla) are all chanting "You were on fire as they ran to hold the flames, we did not see, so the water never came" is an album highlight, backed by Angharad Cooper’s (Held By Hands) soaring violin it has a touch of the likes of Efterklang to it before fading into a shimmering drone section to finish.
Glissando’s previous comparisons have been to such visionaries as Low and Rachel’s, the later is more apparent in ’Always the Storm’ which is almost classically based in its mood and ambience. As the record comes to a close ’Grekken’ is another highlight as it’s dark tones and an ending of "You made me kill myself" wrap around you. The added vocal of iLiKETRAiNS’ Dave Martin serves a haunting purpose and it throws you into an almost dream-like state before the album closer of ’Our Flags Wave and Our Arms Are Around Another’s Shoulder’s’ lulls you back into that comfortable place again that you know so well.
Some shows for you too...
May 3rd – Sheffield – Redhouse
May 5th – Leicester – Charlotte (w/ Her Name is Calla)
May 6th – London – Barden’s Boudoir (w/ Vessels)
May 7th – Tunbridge Wells – Forum
May 8th – Tamworth – Vertigo
May 9th – Sowerby Bridge – The Vine
May 10th – Manchester – Dry Bar
May 11th – Newcastle – Head of Steam
May 13th – Leeds – Packhorse
May 14th – Brighton – The Hope (w/ Up C Down C)
May 16th – Chichester – La Havana
May 17th – Derby – The Mist
May 18th – Nottingham – Lee Rosy’s
May 21st – Edinburgh – Wee Red Bar
May 22nd – Glasgow – Bar Bloc
May 23rd – Aberdeen – Tunnels (w/ Stars of the Lid)