12" vinyl of the debut Silica Gel album with original "Illuminated Manuscript" screen printed cover! Pressed on crystal clear translucent vinyl! It looks like a sheet of glass! Each album is slightly different with highly detailed 3 color screen printed artwork on recycled jacket!
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On their debut album, Silica Gel dive into a continuum of art song that stretches back a thousand years. Through radical reinterpretation, they bypass the gatekeepers of the academy to retrieve beautiful melodies buried in illuminated manuscripts, and toss them onto the bank of our current century.
Coming out of the underground DIY scene of Birmingham, Alabama, Silica Gel's sound is a unique synthesis of early medieval music with electronics and improvisation. The core of their debut album adapts a series of songs from the 14th century satirical text Roman de Fauvel, which tells the story of a vain donkey who rises to prominence in the French royal court. Silica Gel transforms this music into a fitting political allegory for our time through distortion & repetition of language, layering time upon itself in a conceptual historical loop. The music evokes the sound of peasants being churned through the wheels of industry...disembodied voices return to us from the other side of a several hundred year technological process.
released October 30, 2020
Laura Thomas: voice
Lauren Jones: voice
Joel Nelson: electronics, mandolin
Jasper Lee: pyraharp, percussion, recorders
Myles Cain: moog synthesizer
Tracks IV, V, VII written by Silica Gel
Tracks II, III, IX, X adapted from the Roman de Fauvel (14th century)
Track I adapted from Kalenda Maya (12th century)
Track VI adapted from La Quinte Estampie Real (13th century)
Track VIII adapted from La Harpe de Melodie (14th century)
Recorded in LeBaron Hall, Montevallo, Alabama, June 17, 2019
And in a house in Birmingham, AL Dec 31, 2019 - Jan 5, 2020
Pan Pan Medico recorded late spring to midsummer 2020
Recorded & Mixed by Jasper Lee
Mastered by Eli Winograd at Lone Pine Road Studio
Cover Art by Turner Williams Jr.
Jacket Hookup courtesy of Jimmy Griffin
Screen Printing by Isidro Robinson
Beautiful album start to finish! Beautful smooth melodies in each song. A talented artist! Adrift has a romantic tone to it mixed in with the violin. Simply beautiful. Through the Woods reminds me of a beautiful fall day driving the blue ridge parkway or hiking the scenic hillside, watching streams flow. Truly relaxing, providing adventure, wonder and love. After the Storm reminds me of sitting on a rocking chair listening to the rain as it gently falls. Well done Ms Williams. I am a fan! kap716
I liked most of Villains instrumental work from before but I feel this album is bringing her to a new level. Its not often instrumental music has so much engaging narrative in the melody. Thanks Carmen! millarsgold
Looping vocals and guitar patterns, with a bit of percussions. It's very hypnotizing, nearly leading to a trance. It is also finelly executed. I believe it must have been a particularly good live performance. Thibaut Devigne