Review of Etarlis.
1. Prelude (2.01)
A classy orchestral intro which is very promising. The cause of this classical feeling is
Andrews new synhesizer; this one is capable to give you the feeling that there is a big
Brahms and/or Beethoven would be proud of such prelude. An piano outro leeds us to the more
uptempo rockier second song.
2. A Different Sky (5.27)
A strong intro with all the "rock" instruments involved. Evelyns beautiful voice is leading us
into the fairytale world of Etarlis. The lyrics are mysterious and
aplying to your imagination of your first steps on Etarlis. A splendid guitar solo makes the
song complete and you're eager to hear more.
3. Walking With Ghosts (3.59)
A dark sound followed by flute & oboe gives you the feeling that a ghost walks in your room. Real
spooky and well done. A more relaxed ambient song, with enough layers to explore. The flute
carries this song deeper and deeper into the new world.
4. Dark Cover (4.36)
Don't why but this excellent intro does remind me of the mighty Floyd. A laughter
mixed into this subtile intro makes it real top.
The lyrics are as dark as the title and match perfectly with the sounds. Evelyn is almost screaming...
A fantastic guitar solo which would be not misplaced on a new David Gilmour album... In fact
Nigel used 2 guitars to lay down a peaceful guitar fight.
5. Nowhere To Hide (7.08)
Church bells are calling you and then there is another voice; Kate Belcher is in charge now. She has
a etheral voice simular to Evelyn, maybe a bit darker and more sensual,
so it's a pleasure to listen to her story.
Another more ambient song with some earthly sounds, like a sample of didgereedo, and strange
drums pattrens. The amazing
synths are giving again that full loaded orchestral feeling. I would say that this songs grows to a
And the outro of the oboe makes that statement come more true.
6. Siren Song (3.12)
An acoustic guitar takes us by the hand to the storytelling voice of of Kate. Accompaniened by
flute and more folk, this songs leads you to the seashore.
7. A Sea Change (7.07)
(a) The Lighthouse
(b) The Running Tide
(c) In Deep
(d) Slide and Sway
(e) In Deep
An epic with 5 movements. 2 instrumentals tracks and 3 with few words. The words are
reflecting the mood of the songs perfectly.
A slow start on piano and synthesizers. Then a classical opening by Evelyn. Followed by those magic
pipes of Troy Donockley and Evelyn
on flute (okay a wink to Mostly Autumn is allowed). And just as you've recovered from the beat of an
Peter Gabrielesque drum rhythm Jonathan Edwards (ex-Karnataka, now in
Panic Room) leads you to an awesome freaky keyboard solo.
8. Shadow Girl (4.03)
Kate is stealing the show again, with her magical fragile voice. Again a more ambient
piece of art with some great flute playing by Evelyn. Close your eyes and enjoy.
9. Beat The Drum (6.35)
Yes they beat the drum on this one! A guitar takes over the drums and Evelyn starts with another
story in a rocky uptempo surrounding.
10. Crayola Skies (5.34)
A sweet lullabye wih some nice piano play.
11. The City Of Clouds (Qway-Lin) (10.30)
Another highlight and another epic. Everything what an epic needs is in there and it's
adventureous, it has spoken words, excellent guitar play and all the other things that makes this
album such a great pleasure are coming back. An hugh grand finale...
This album is unbelievable well crafted and is a
pleasure the listen to it over and over again and explore the magic world of Etarlis.
Some bands needs years and years to make such a
mature album, but they did it with the third stroke and that
is really a big compliment for this young band.
The cd has a great flow and a lot of layers you can explore by listening it over and over again. And
all those layers makes this ambient kind of album really worthed to give a shot.
I really liked their previous work but this one willl definitaly ends in my top 5 of 2007.
I think that everyone who likes Iona, Karnataka, or a more ambient Mostly Autumn will love this.
But watch out; when the beautiful voices of the Mermaids have reached you ears, you will be lost and
play them over
Musicians on the new album are:
Evelyn Downing: lead and harmony vocals, flute
Jamie Field: acoustic guitars and occasional electric guitar and backing vocals
Andrew Garman: keyboards, bass, drums, percussion
Nigel Hooton: lead and rhythm electric and acoustic guitars.
Kate Belcher: lead & harmony vocals on ‘Nowhere To Hide’, ‘Siren Song’ and ‘Shadow Girl’.
Wendy Marks: cor anglais, oboe, recorders.
keyboard solo on ‘The Running Tide’ ex-Karnataka, Panic Room).
Troy Donockley: uilleann pipes on ‘Slide And Sway’.
A own website explains the concept of the album, gives you an impression of the artwork and a change to
listen to a few samples:
|Pictures By Chris Walkden/
live at Crewe.
Updated 06-09-06 by Nick.