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starless & bible black to return in october

300709_starlessandbibleblackNancy Elizabeth guests

Manchester-based folk-rock collective Starless & Bible Black release their second album Shape Of The Shape on October 12th through Static Caravan. The follow-up to their 2006 eponymous debut finds them ditching the dulcimers and banjos and bringing in some meaty electric guitars and analogue synths, heralding a more muscular sound that filters through seven fine examples of acoustic ballads, gothic blues and swamp rock. Oh, and ‘Popty Ping’, a jazz-inspired folk instrumental titled after our favourite Welsh saying! (It means microwave; perhaps they didn’t have a gas oven available while recording in the Snowdonian mountains?)

As with their previous album, vocalist Hélène Gautier steals the show with her gutsy performances, particularly on the nine-minute epic ‘Les Furies’ – sung in French and described as “a very Gallic observation of after hours culture”. Another highlight, ‘Radio Blues’, features a choral arrangement penned by Jojo Thorne and guest vocals from Nancy Elizabeth, whose own second album Wrought Iron (produced by Starless & Bible Black’s Peter Philipson) is released a week earlier.

Starless & Bible Black play an album launch show on October 11th at The Slaughtered Lamb in London. Hear ‘Hanging On the Vine’ and ‘Your Majesty Man’ from Shape Of The Shape over on their Myspace.



Shape Of The Shape
01 Say Donny Say
02 Your Majesty Man
03 Hanging On The Vine
04 Radio Blues
05 Les Furies
06 Country Heir
07 Popty Ping
08 Year Of Dalmatians 

Alan Pedder


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