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Singer, songwriter, guitarist, cellist, composer and sound artist (phewph) Oli Barrett has just finished putting together a new collection of tracks for his solo project, Petrels. The as-yet unnamed album takes its musical cues from Barrett’s primary instrument, the cello, and builds around, upon, beneath and through it, weaving its sound into ghostly drones, celestial chants and crackling, distorted electronics. It’s a mass of dark, swirling patterns, lifted by moments of soaring exultation, inspired by the incredible life of 19th century diver William Walker.

Here’s my personal favourite track from the album, the spine-tinglingly powerful Canute. Kindly donated for you to download for free.

Image is a picture of someone underwater by Guy Bourdin.

This entry was written by Mary J Bilge and published on February 10, 2011 at 5:04 pm. It’s filed under music and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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