ADRIAN CROWLEY - The Watchful Eye Of The Stars

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ADRIAN CROWLEY - The Watchful Eye Of The Stars

ADRIAN CROWLEY - The Watchful Eye Of The Stars

€12.99

 

LABEL: Chemikal Underground

CAT NO: CHEM257CD

BARCODE: 5024545912524

 

 

Tracklisting:

01. Northbound Stowaway
02. I See You Among Strangers
03. Underwater Song
04. Bread And Wine
05. A Shut- In’s Lament
06. The Colours Of The Night
07. The Singalong
08. Ships On The Water
09. Crow Song
10. Take Me Driving


ADRIAN CROWLEY – The Watchful Eye Of The Stars

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One stormy night in Ireland, Adrian Crowley’s brother brought home a wounded crow. After taking care of it for a time, the crow flew away on its own, leaving an impression behind: Crowley wrote a story, which would later become the aptly titled “Crow Song” on this, his brand new record and ninth studio album The Watchful Eye of the Stars. He sings, “And I was joyous for you, but shattered none-the-less.”

Suffused with a hazy and surreal quality, Crowley describes Watchful Eye’s poignant narratives as those which insisted themselves upon him. After the fact, it seemed these songs came to him more or less fully formed. “It’s a beautiful and mysterious thing,” he says. Perhaps it is a tendency to hold onto memories (“It’s taken me so long to write to you / Well I just couldn’t find a pen,” he laments in “Bread and Wine”), that allows him to unleash them lyrically in completion. For Crowley, the creative process is an organic event rather than a practice he feels compelled to regulate or control. He approaches lyrics much like he does short story writing. “The songs straddle the conscious and subconscious world and some are even psychedelic in my mind, but to me they are all at once true stories and born of another place,” he shares.

In making the album, Crowley moved between studio and at home recording, while John Parish (Aldous Harding, PJ Harvey) produced. The pair worked from tracks made initially by Crowley on a charity shop ¾ size nylon string guitar or Mellotron: “In this way, John wanted to keep some of the magic of that first take”, says Crowley. Contradictions and complexities are left intact, initial recordings were limited to one or two takes, and the songs feel more like a dream recounted upon waking.