A 6-panel digipak and lyric booklet with original artwork by Mike Hepher and Rose Fay.
Also includes immediate download of 12-track album in your choice of 320k mp3, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire.
Immediate download of 12-track album in your choice of 320k mp3, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire, as well as a pdf of the lyric pages (drawings by Rose Fay).
Recorded live (main tracking) in Jones’ Oxford terrace with a band of bass, drums, electric guitar and Jones’ own acoustic guitar and straight-forward piano, Fire-lives sparkles with raw spirit and power in a thoughtfully combined set of heartening songs, sometimes buoyant and winsome, at other times slow-burning and dark. Further additions of brass, layered vocals with rich harmonies, cello and percussion result in a lush, distinctive and beautiful album, reminiscent at times of Mumford & Sons folkish energy, and at others of Plant & Krauss’ Raising Sand with its spacey, gritty guitar sounds, percussive-drum treatments, and sweet melodies.
Poetic, earthy and personal lyrics have always been a feature of Jones’ writing, but Fire-lives takes several leaps forward on the imagery front, and in Jones’ own words, in creativity of content:
“Many of the songs on the album were inspired by the experiences of people around me instead of my own, and the boundaries of my usual songwriting format have been given a healthy stretch in some places. I’ve explored alternate tunings as well as a depth of musical hooks. ”
The majority of the songs on the album began as part of Jones’ Solitary Songs, a project for which she wrote and recorded a song a month and made them available for download; intent on expanding her attention to fundamental musical detail through the project, her arrangements were restricted to voice and guitar. The Solitary Songs experienced a degree of reimagining to become the full-band versions on the album.
released 08 December 2010
Miriam Jones - vocals / backing vocals / acoustic guitars / piano / percussion
Jez Carr - bass / backing vocals / hammond / brass / piano
Adam Carpenter - electric guitars / dobro / backing vocals / piano / mandolin
Matt Hay - electric guitar / viola / pedal and lap steel / backing vocals / percussion
Thomas Hooper - drums
Barney Morse-Brown - cello
Produced and Engineered by Matt Hay (has worked with the Who, Robbie Williams and Kylie Minogue)
Executive Producer: Miriam Jones
Recorded at the Oxford hovel Zoo Studios in High Wycombe, UK
Artwork design and layout by Mike Hepher at Bluebeetle Creative
Illustrations by Rose Fay www.rosefayillustrator.co.uk
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