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Carousell - Black Swallow & Other Songs Album
Carousell - Black Swallow & Other Songs Album
Performer: Carousell
Title: Black Swallow & Other Songs
Label: Digitalis Recordings
Country: UK
Released: Mar 2011
Style: Acoustic, Modern Classical, Experimental, Field Recording, Folk
Cat: DIGIV020
Rating: 4.3/5
Format: MP3, FLAC, WMA
FLAC size: 1148 mb | MP3 size: 2890 mb | WMA size: 1770 mb

2Of Old Enchantments4:35
4And The Orchard3:18
5Which Is The Blood4:25
6The Clearing
Vocals – Autumn Grieve
7Owl Lanterns6:22
8Black Swallow5:55


CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
SRL13Carousell Black Swallow & Other Songs ‎(CDr, Album, Ltd, S/Edition)Sustain-ReleaseSRL13UK2009
DIGIV020Carousell Black Swallow & Other Songs ‎(LP, Album, Ltd)Digitalis RecordingsDIGIV020UK2011
noneCarousell Black Swallow & Other Songs ‎(8xFile, WAV, Album)Aeolian EditionsnoneUK2009


  • Music By, Photography ByRichard Skelton


First published by Sustain-Release Private Press, 1st May 2009.


Comments (1)
An insect’s perspective of Queen Anne’s Lace. The artwork for this album helps define the larger than life view this music fully represents and wholly achieves. The sounds contained on this record resume an expansive journey into dark ambient territory with beautiful integrations of organic and electronic elements placed in lovely distance to each other, while mechanically hollow machinery runs the entire show.

Each composition takes the listener somewhere foreign, somewhere beyond the safety of nervous melodies and startled strings. This music is brooding, yet delightful. The various harmonies and instruments expressed within each song gives this album a layered effect. Experimenting with sounds ranging in style from a southern twang on Balearic blues to the freestyle flight of a lonely violin. A piano comes to save the day, breaking up the sound of fingers plucking and bows stroking strengthy strings, delivering the feeling of shadows cast over pain, resounding with gorgeous tranquility, producing an utterly therapeutic effect.

This album feels much like a story of sound, a wonderfully enchanting tale of time spent on the earth, in the earth, with everyone or no one. Make of this what you will - you won’t be wrong. The final song boasts the glory of vocals, reminiscent of Grouper’s breathy sighs and chants while staying true to Skelton’s voice, crying in the wilderness.

Excellent late night soundtrack. This music is perpetual and moving, like a train gliding in swift motion forward. A retreat to echoed fog seems to crown each song and blends well with the cohesion of entire recording. The music works in unison with playlists including Skelton’s previous work with Type records – ‘Marking Time’ and ‘Landings.’

I will honestly say upon first listen, I must not have been in the right mood to curl up with this cozy record, because I ignored it for months. Upon my return, I have found that countless future listens have provided me with a stock outline to the greatest story ever told - a want no human could resist.