We recorded this for Christmas 2007, as a special present to our mailing list friends. It’s a ponderous, slow-burning mass and, if you get the chance to walk around somewhere where it’s snowing while listening to this on earphones, we’d heartily recommend it. Pure atmosphere.
‘hate to stick my neck out at such an early point in the proceedings but frankly this runs away with the award for best moment(s) of the seasonal selections. we must admit to not having the faintest idea who the Monroe Transfer are though on the evidence of this selected brace of offerings we’re minded to make it our new year quest to track the blighters down. At eleven minutes in length we are betting that you’ll never hear a better rendition of ‘silent night’ done in a droning psych post rock vibe in your life, an absolutely jaw dropping experience - resonating opines, caressing string arrangements, glazes of shimmering hazes, monumental swathes of grandeur and spectral dimples all serviced with a hugely glacial wide screen aspect that’s as cavernous as it is colossal - step aside Sigur Ros - utterly breathtaking’ [Losing Today]
from Silent Night,
track released December 1, 2008
Nicole Robson - ‘cello
Neil Walsh - viola, Omnichord
Rhiannon Armstrong - violin
Nick Gill - bowed guitar & bowed fretless bass
Martin Austwick - electric guitar & acoustic guitar, singing
Arranged, engineered & produced by Nick; recorded at Nick’s house, November 2007.