MP3 Welkin - No Ordinary Elephant
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10 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Psychedelic, ROCK: Folk Rock
Since 2001, the haunting vocals and psychedlic art rock of Vancouver based Welkin have proven them worthy of attention. Welkin is the brainchild of singer, songwriter Geoff Birch who also plays guitar and piano and produced the bands debut album No Ordinary Elephant. Welkin has toured Canada, performed hundreds of club shows and has also been on Television. Visit their website at https://www.tradebit.com to read the vast amount of great press this band receives for their music.
No Ordinary Elephant covers wide musical terrain from the intricate "A Dream" and the prophetic "Photograph" to the dusty sounds of "Montana" and "Winter Hills". Birch composed each song on the album with a breadth and depth of words and music rarely achieved on an independent release. The album was recorded on analogue tape at Sapphire Sound in November of 2001 and is:
"Equal parts smouldering country-noir and prog-leaning soft rock, the 10 tracks have and expansive shimmering beauty, making them perfect for midnight stargazing, backwoods campfires, and clamping on the headphones in the wee hours."
- Mike Usinger, Georgia Straight 2003.
Birch's stunning vocal capacity engages the listener with a vibrato so palpable and evocative that it will ensure heavy rotation of No Ordinary Elephant within your record collection over some time. The word welkin is a poetic/literary reference meaning "the vault of the sky, the firmament or the heavens". Most appropriate for this stellar band.
The name of the album and the single "No Ordinary Elephant" was inspired by a day when members of Welkin carried the remains of an African Elephant leg deep into the coastal mountains to give it a proper ceremonial burial. "One by one in eulogies, cold in dirt this dead machine, teeming with sorrow".
As recommended by Birch for best results; listen to the album after lugging your speakers out into your backyard and aiming them at the sky. Turn stereo to full volume and lay flat on your back. Gaze up into the welkin and let the music do the rest. For best indoor results, listen to the album on headphones. Envision the welkin and follow previous instructions.
Welkin has immediate plans to promote their new album throughout Canada. Make sure to catch them on tour in 2006 for an unforgettable musical epiphany.
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