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Almanac (Digital Deluxe Version)

Almanac (Digital Deluxe Version)

Almanac (Digital Deluxe Version)
Label(s)
Genre(s)
Rock / Pop
Code
AKD 457D
Inlay available for download
Booklet available for download
  • Billowing Sea
    Composer(s) Emily Barker
    Artist(s) Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo

    Billowing Sea

    03:46
    $2.40
  • Reckless
    Composer(s) Emily Barker
    Artist(s) Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo

    Reckless

    04:57
    $2.40
  • Ropes
    Composer(s) Emily Barker
    Artist(s) Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo

    Ropes

    03:50
    $2.40
  • Little Deaths
    Composer(s) Emily Barker
    Artist(s) Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo

    Little Deaths

    04:22
    $2.40
  • Dancers
    Composer(s) Emily Barker Emily Barker, Ted Barnes
    Artist(s) Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo

    Dancers

    03:03
    $2.40
  • Pause
    Composer(s) Emily Barker
    Artist(s) Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo

    Pause

    03:49
    $2.40
  • Openings
    Composer(s) Emily Barker
    Artist(s) Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo

    Openings

    02:52
    $2.40
  • Calendar
    Composer(s) Emily Barker
    Artist(s) Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo

    Calendar

    03:23
    $2.40
  • Light
    Composer(s) Emily Barker Emily Barker, Ben Lloyd
    Artist(s) Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo

    Light

    04:00
    $2.40
  • Witch of Pitteweem
    Composer(s) Emily Barker
    Artist(s) Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo

    Witch of Pitteweem

    03:35
    $2.40
  • Bones
    Composer(s) Emily Barker
    Artist(s) Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo

    Bones

    04:02
    $2.40
  • Ropes (Alternate Version)
    Composer(s) Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo
    Artist(s) Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo

    Ropes (Alternate Version)

    03:43
    $2.40
  • Pause (Alternate Version)
    Composer(s) Emily Barker
    Artist(s) Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo

    Pause (Alternate Version)

    03:24
    $2.40
  • Little Deaths (Alternate Version)
    Composer(s) Emily Barker
    Artist(s) Emily Barker and the Red Clay Halo

    Little Deaths (Alternate Version)

    04:19
    $2.40

Total running time: 53 minutes.

Album information

Almanac is the third studio album by Anglo-Australian quartet Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo. It includes the song 'Pause', the theme tune from the award-winning soundtrack of BBC TV drama The Shadow Line. This re-issue contains three additional bonus tracks: alternate versions of 'Pause' and 'Ropes' plus, exclusively available to linnrecords.com digital download customers, 'Little Deaths'.

Within Almanac there are stories of love, renewal, the importance of community and our relationship to the earth. Shadowing these lighter themes are darker truths of untold atrocities committed by settlers on indigenous Australians during colonisation, the mass hysteria regarding a Scottish witch-hunt, flourishing love and good old-fashioned heartbreak.

Although fronted by Emily, this is definitely a group album, with the four members of Emily, Gill, Jo and Anna providing guitar, accordion & flute, cello and violin respectively, with backing vocals shared out across the eleven  songs.  The quartet are joined throughout the disc by guest musicians who add a range of guitars, percussion and double bass, that add depth and drive to the collection. Emily is a compelling songwriter with a gift for melody and words. Her talent is perfectly complimented by the magnificent arrangements of The Red Clay Halo. Throughout the album, the interplay between the band's rootsy ensemble playing, and Barker's agile vocal blend of strength and fragility, is effortlessly engaging. In moments when the four female voices combine to deliver arresting harmonies, it is simply blissful.

Highlights include the dreamy textures of ‘Billowing Sea', the nimble arrangements of 'Reckless', and the atmospheric lyrics of 'Witch of  Pittenweem'. Almanac is a beautifully constructed and charming album, it certainly feels organic and natural, and the presentation of the songs is unaffected and with a real genuine air.

Upon its release Almanac immediately attracted strong support from BBC Radio with sessions for Cerys Matthews on 6 Music and Radio 4's Loose Ends, and single 'Little Deaths' was picked as 'Record of the Week' on Nemone's 6 Music show. The album was also named a 'Choice' recording by BBC Music Magazine.