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Murmurations (with The Asterism)



Further 005, 2009

Further Recordings are immodestly pleased to announce their fifth CD release, Murmurations, the first collaboration between Urthona and the Asterism.

Murmurations is less of a soundclash than the fallout from two worlds in collision: Urthona’s rural guitar-based heaviness slams into The Asterism’s towering analogue electronics, somewhere in space between Princetown and Fitzrovia.

The album features two instrumental pieces:

River Severn Bore (24.20) is an infinitely cascading surge of sound that makes you wonder what would have happened if an angry Neil Young had interned at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. RSB began life as a pulsating Asterism synthline that was guitared-up, trampled under foot and re-assembled by Urthona.

Murmurations (19.50) was inspired by the annual starling swarms that invade the Somerset Levels each winter. Initially a gently-flowing, aetheric Urthona guitar piece, it was quickly savaged by The Asterism’s synthesised sparrowhawks who left only a shower of blood and feathers in their wake.

Murmurations comes in a three panel sleeve featuring original artwork and inserts by Catharyne Ward.

Urthona’s music has been described as ‘the Barrett Floyd hammering Tangerine Dream’s early 45 ‘Ultima Thule”. Not much is known about The Asterism, other than it has collaborated with California’s High Mountain Tempel and is contained somewhere in Central London.