Wyrd Beautiful Thyme

by Band Of Holy Joy

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Exotic Pylon Records EP08
www.exoticpylon.com

“Stand and watch lives disappear / Are these the days to be austere?”
Spring brings rebirth and with it the possibility of hope… May Day sees the emergence of Band of Holy Joy’s first new songs since their How to Kill a Butterfly album was released to universal acclaim at the close of 2011 (including album of the year at Beat Surrender)! And whilst that album moved through some dark places, Wyrd Beautiful Thyme finds love and life in chaos embracing the pockets of joy that can still be found even as the world spirals into hell. This beautifully illustrated 7” (their first since 1992) finds Johny and the band in ebullient mind and body - the title track is energised and gleeful with loose percussion, fuzzy synth, woody wah wah and enchanting backing vocals whilst the flip, A Clean White Shirt, is reflective and triumphant as they emerge sweetly out of “a terminally bad existence” and away from the mire. Wyrd Beautiful Thyme sees Band of Holy Joy continue to burn a path brighter than at any other time since they first formed.


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""Wyrd Beautiful Thyme" is a slow reflection on our troubled times, tempered with optimistic defiance, while "Clean White Shirt" maintains the same sense of pride. We might be in the gutter, but we're looking at the stars..."
Den Browne, Mudkiss Fanzine www.mudkiss.com/june12denreviews.htm

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released May 1, 2012

Andy Astle - guitars
Christopher Brierley - violin
Johny Brown - vocals
William J. Lewington - drums
James Stephen Finn - bass and synths
Inga Tillere - visuals and cover design

Special guests:
Jen and Lucy from the band Something Beginning With L - backing vocals
Jon Clayton - cello
Peter Rollinson - trumpet

Recorded and mastered at One Cat Studios by Jon Clayton.

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Band Of Holy Joy London, UK

Margin walkers and midnight drifters, Band of Holy Joy have wandered liminal landscapes of their own making for 3 decades now. The weirdness and wildness of the landscape they stagger through, the askew vision like a crash between Coleridge, Brecht and David Peace, the literary allusions and poetry, the strangeness of it all. A cultural piracy raiding doomed melancholy and gentrified mediocrity. ... more

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