The Boy Who Spoke Clouds, moniker of Melbourne, Australia’s Adam Casey, releases the official follow up to his 2009 self-titled debut, entitled ‘Secret Corridors Lay Outside the Walls’.
The album is released as a CD version, limited to 100, housed in beautiful printed cloth packaging.
‘Secret Corridors Lay Outside the Walls’ showcases an improvised live performance which was captured by an old ¼” reel-to-reel machine in Adam’s home studio, ‘The True Vine’
"I have been performing a solo set using a loop pedal for the past year. It’s slowly developed from nothing but my voice to several instruments being fed through my loop pedal. This album is a final representation of this series of performances."
"The performances were attempting to veer away from replication (playing rehearsed songs) and approach something closer to a ritualistic experience. To call them a ‘performance’ isn’t quite right, as that’s what I have attempted to veer away from. It is really a ritual with the intent of mesmerism, and if I’m lucky, an ecstatic communion with the room I’m making the music in."
Adam uses several ‘exotic’ instruments on the record including an ancient renaissance drone instrument called a hurdy gurdy, a hackbrett (German hammered dulcimer), steel string guitar, dan mooi (Vietnamese jaw harp), bowed saw, sub-harmonic throat singing, daf (Persian frame drum), harmonica, piano and electric organ.
"In the shows I’ve used all of these instruments at one time or another, but in the studio it gave me the freedom to use all of them. I set everything up and just played, one take, and found that I really liked what was captured."
"In a day and age where everything can be edited and repaired through digital recording technology, I wanted to bypass all of this. It was very liberating for me to not have to turn on a computer when recording this album."
The album follows a pilgrim’s journey to spiritual communion. It abstractly tracks spiritual communion, and simultaneously, is about enacting that very same communion in performance so that there is a strong synchronicity between the theme and its expression.
"There is no doubting this is music with a pretty strong ritualistic bent demanding surrender and in turn, offering catharsis."
- Perry Holt, 3PBS FM
"A rather stunning release…Beautiful adventurous stuff."
- Bandcamp Hunter
“An absolutely beautiful, hypnotic album of classical and folk music, with wonderful, haunting instrumentation.”
- Laurence Conneely
"He or she who does not turn things topsy-turvy,
who is unhappy at work,
who does not risk certainty for uncertainty,
to thus follow a dream,
those who do not forego sound advice at least once in their lives,
Pablo Neruda, 'Die Slowly'
released May 1, 2013
Recorded & Mastered by Adam Casey @ The True Vine.
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