Story of Terraform
It has been raining incessantly for the last couple of days here in my home city and the weather here is just absolutely cool and dreamy, with all these rain falling throughout, and on such a rainy day, I set out to share with you my take on the brand new album Heiress and the story of Terraform based on few of the songs from that album. The album is a collaboration between British indie alternative acoustic ambient artists Novo Amor and Ed Tullett.
I have already covered Novo Amor and Ed Tullett before and absolutely love their music. Novo Amor, a.k.a. Ali John Lacey, has always been so successful in creating these haunting musical soundscapes with his acoustic guitar drive sound with his perfect falsettos, and coupled with Ed Tullett who provides his own style of ambient electronic sound, the music becomes more enchanting and spacial, calm, beautiful.Give this album Heiress an honest listen and you will know what I mean.
Story of Terraform From Kawah Ijen Indonesia
I would have never known of a place called Kawah Ijen nor I would have known that such a place ever existed, and that also in Indonesia, if I had not come across this amazing album from Novo Amor. Through the amazing song Terraform and some others in this album, I came to become acquainted with the story of the hard working village people in Ijen, Indonesia. Kawah Ijen is an active volcano in this remote corner in the deepest heartlands of Indonesia. Though the volcano has last erupted a long time back, but it is still very much active in giving out little little portions of heat, clouds of sulphur dioxide and other poisonous toxic gases, and most importantly, this volcano is the treasure trove of sulphur, in huge quantities. And the all the families in the adjacent villages by this volcano are engaged in mining of this sulphur, which is used in so many aspects of our daily lives. The men in these villages work for long hours to get this sulphur extracted from deep inside the volcano and sustain their daily livelihood from the same. The hardships they go through daily working in this beautiful surroundings yet such hostile environment should be felt by all of us in the outside world, since we benefit by the usage of sulphur in our daily lives as necessities.
Watching this story unfurled in the amazing and short documentary my Jorik Dozy and Sil Van Der Woerd, and the music touches through various songs in their album by Novo and Ed, is an experience for me as it moved me immensely. Hope you will feel the same.
Story of the music of Heiress
Novo Amor and Ed Tullett created something wonderful in this album. With lovely guitar works, soft falsettos, horns and strings, Ed Tullett’s signature electronica ambient, and the usage of subtle and soft hushes of other worldly sounds, the album boasts of heart warming and spacial music through its songs Terraform, Silvery, Vantablack, Anatome and Cavalry, this album will move you and will want you to listen more of it and also of the duo’s earlier works like Alps. Both Ed and Novo has the feel of Bon Iver in their voices and that adds to the mystery of their music.
Story of Vantablack
The live version of this song is simply amazing. With Ed and Novo in their perfect chorus and harmony, with some amazing guitar played by both, the song captures the subtle emotions, as is evident in the lyrics of the same.
Dye it all, rosary
And I break
Awake me, I break
Away, allay me, I break
Awake, awake me, I break
Away, allay me, I break
Higher soul, hire soul, bravery
Tighter hold, tie it all over me
With a simple word, honour me, open up
With a sinful word, widow me, sober up