From the ground there echoed an ancient sound so rich that the surrounding people gathered


My Green Man revision meanders on in a characteristically undisciplined fashion. I’m up to Bleeding Heart Narrative…

Bleeding Heart Narrative

Bleeding Heart Narrative are a seven piece from London, it says in the “about” section of their rather charming website. And that’s about it, really…. Fortunately the Green Man biography is a little more forthcoming, which tells us amongst other things that BHN were originally the bedroom project of Oliver Barrett, until he beefed it up with a number of other musicians and friends. That he chose to do so with a largely acoustic and chiefly string based line-up, is what makes the band’s signature sound as alluring as it is.

I’ve bought their new record from emusic, Tongue Tangled Hair, and it’s a slow-to-unfurl but dazzling piece of atmospherics, each track taking its own time to come out, amongst an enveloping fuzz of violins, cellos and harmoniums, with an occasional dash of old-school Joe Meek-style electronics.

I’ve read a few pieces on their various releases, and the favoured adjective amongst reviewers seems to be “layered” or “multi-layered”, and so I’ve tried to avoid using it (apart from then, obviously) but you can’t blame folk really. These are carefully constructed, textured (uh-oh, there’s another one) pieces that eddy around seductively. It’s heady, beguiling stuff.

Enough of me blithering…

The amazingly generous Distance Records have an earlier release by Barrett under the name of Bleeding Heart Narrative available for free, which I’m downloading as I write, so cannot say much about. It’s available here.

My faith in Green Man is gathering apace…

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