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Letka - Far Off Country (cd)



Letka is the latest collaboration between Irish vocalist Sandra O'Neill and English multi-instrumentalist Peter Chilvers.

From the opening Beyond the Fold, featuring backing vocals and production from Brian Eno, to its epic closing track I Dream a Highway, Far Off Country seamlessly combines Country and Ambient influences in a uniquely ethereal way.

Featuring layered vocals, treated guitars, pedal steel and electronic textures, the six track collection of traditional songs, covers and new compositions represents a warm reflection of the desolate landscapes of the Mid West.

The evocative digipack, designed by Carl Glover, features images from his archive of photographs of American ghost towns.



Tracks

1. Beyond the Fold (4:10)
2. Banks of the Ohio (6:43)
3. Country Roads (5:19)
4. Another Town (6:23)
5. Not a Job (5:46)
6. I Dream a Highway (14:11)



Credits

Sandra O'Neill - vocals
Peter Chilvers - instruments

Brian Eno - backing vocals, synthesizer, guitar, sequencing on Beyond the Fold, acoustic guitar, additional production on Banks of the Ohio

Rob Jackson - pedal steel and electric guitars on I Dream a Highway
Jon Hart - vibraphone on a I Dream a Highway

Beyond the Fold produced and mixed by Brian Eno
All other tracks produced and mixed by Letka

Mastering by Jon Astley at Close to the Edge
Photography and design by Carl Glover for Aleph



Notes

Peter Chilvers is best known for creating the acclaimed iPhone applications Bloom and Trope with Brian Eno, with whom he has also worked as a musical and technical assistant on projects including the soundtracks to The Lovely Bones and Spore, the collaboration with David Byrne and the Warp releases "Small Craft on a Milk Sea" and "Drums Between the Bells". He has regularly collaborated with No-Man vocalist Tim Bowness, most notably on their 2001 album "California, Norfolk", and more recently as Slow Electric. He has recorded several solo instrumental albums, and created the improvising collective A Marble Calm. Many of his albums have been released through Burning Shed, the online label he co-founded in 2001 with Bowness and Pete Morgan.

In addition to her studio albums with Letka, Sandra O'Neill is currently recording her debut solo album showcasing her layered vocals and guitars, and has contributed lead and backing vocals to numerous albums, most recently Jorge Mantas of The Beautiful Schizophonic. Her guest appearance with ambient collective A Marble Calm, was described by Brian Eno as 'heart-breakingly beautiful'. In 2009 she collaborated with Chilvers on the iPhone app "Air". Based on concepts developed by Brian Eno, Air assembles vocal and piano samples into a beautiful, still and ever changing composition, which is always familiar, but never the same.

Their previous collaborations include the albums Embers and Nightshift, released as Alias Grace on Burning Shed and appearances with ambient collective A Marble Calm and Italian progressive musician Stefano Panunzi.

They will be promoting the album in late 2011 with live performances and sessions, joined by violin virtuoso Steve Bingham (No-Man).

Band Website: letka.co.uk


I Dream a Highway originally appeared on A Marble Calm's "Surfacing", also available from Burning Shed. This version has additional vocals from Sandra O'Neill and has been completely remixed and remastered.

 




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