Raising Holy Sparks – Beyond The Unnamed Bay
David Colohan has operated under the name Agitated Radio Pilot since 1993. The development of a new approach based on field-recordings, shapenote singing, loops and synths, and coloured by an interest in Hasidic mysticism, prompted the winding up of that project and the adoption of a new identity: Raising Holy Sparks.
The debut release ‘Beyond the Unnamed Bay’ features a pair of side-long suites made up of songs and instrumentals. The well-crafted balladry of Here Begins Our Lasting Joy will be familiar to fans of ARP’s World Winding Down album, while the lengthy The Depths of Bailey Point follows on from the abstract and atmospheric works found on The Lunar Arcane and The Days and Hills Grown Old. However the synth-pop stylings of As Far As We Can Go presents Colohan’s songwriting in an unexpected new context.
The album draws together the strands of Colohan’s earlier music into a more cohesive whole and a richer sonic palette, aided by Vicky Langan (Wölflinge, United Bible Studies) and Declan Q Kelly, with guest appearances including Stefan Neville (Pumice), Richard Moult and Audrey Ryan. The cassette includes a download code, and the cover art features the RHS logo designed by Oscar Strik.
David Colohan: 6 & 12 string acoustic guitars, Appalachian dulcimer, autoharp, bugle, Casio CA-110, electric guitar, electronic shruti box, field recordings, harmonium, Hohner Organetta, Mandobird, mandocello, piano, tapes, voice. Samples: ARP Odyssey, EMU Modulator, EMS Synthi 100, Fairlight, Glass Armonica, Mellotron, Ondes Martenot, Synclavier & Univox Rhythmer.
Vicky Langan: RCA Theremin, voice.
Declan Q Kelly: chord organ, field recordings, horn, pipe.
- Richard Moult: voice ( II, VI )
- Paul Condon: Monotron ( IV, VIII, IX )
- Kevin Kennedy: Qualpex 3/4” barrier pipe ( III, VIII )
- Stefan Neville: acoustic guitar ( I )
- Aaron Coyne: ukelin ( IV )
- Audrey Ryan: voice ( III )
Oscar Strik: cover image Words & music by Raising Holy Sparks except Hallelujah – words by Charles Wesley (1759) & arrangement by William Walker (1835) Recorded in Ballymahon, Cork, Dublin, Galway, Minneapolis & Star Hill.
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