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Under the Moon

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LAUREN KINSELLA voice
ALEX ROTH guitar, effects, synths, voice
LAURA JURD trumpet, synth, voice
CORRIE DICK drums, percussion, harmonium, piano, voice

Taking its name from a line in W.B. Yeats's poem Under the Moon, Blue-Eyed Hawk is the London-based band that brings together vocalist Lauren Kinsella, trumpeter Laura Jurd, guitarist Alex Roth and drummer Corrie Dick. Their debut album, titled after the same poem, is the sum of a collaborative process that bursts with the youthful energy, vision and integrity of all four members. The resulting music is emotive, lyrical, dark, inspiring and at times unexpected, often conjuring the dreamlike, nature-themed imagery of Yeats's eponymous poem.

Bringing a wide open improv sensibility to its melodic and richly textured original material, Blue-Eyed Hawk creates uniquely eclectic music that traverses art-rock, jazz, minimalist and electronic soundworlds. With the writing shared between all four members of the band, Under the Moon is very much a communally crafted statement of expression. Lyrics by E.Y Harburg, W.B Yeats, Armand Silvestre and Seamus Heaney serve as sources of inspiration, but there are no typical jazz renditions; nor can this be considered an art-rock album – instead, we hear a refreshing, genre-defying and boundless approach to music-making at its most creative and original.

Working with electronic artist Leafcutter John (Polar Bear, Melt Yourself Down) and producer Tom Herbert (The Invisible, Polar Bear), the band vastly broadened its sound palette in the studio, drawing on production techniques from across a wide spectrum of musical styles and eras. The result is dynamic, substantial and expansive with strikingly detailed textures enhancing the varied soundscape.

Such a highly developed and shared musical understanding allows the tracks to flow as effortlessly as the streams in the Welsh mountains where Under the Moon was recorded. A unique take on Over the Rainbow, the raw and emotive Aurora 5am, the punkish riffs of Living in the Fast Lane, the achingly beautiful For Tom and Everything, the collective improvisation O Do Not Love Too Long and the powerful final track Valediction – all combine in a vertiginous, unstoppable flood of music.

Under the Moon is an album of beauty, diversity and soaring emotion.

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released September 15, 2014

Writing Credits:
Tacks 1 & 4 - Music and lyrics by Lauren Kinsella
Track 2 - Music by Lauren Kinsella; lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Tracks 3 - Music and lyrics by Alex Roth
Track 5 - Music by Blue-Eyed Hawk; lyrics inspired by W.B. Yeats
Track 6 - Music by Alex Roth; lyrics inspired by Armand Silvestre
Track 7 - Music and lyrics by Laura Jurd
Track 8 - Music by Corrie Dick
Track 9 & 10 - Music by Corrie Dick; lyrics by Lauren Kinsella
Track 11 - Music by Alex Roth; lyrics inspired by Seamus Heaney

Produced by Tom Herbert and Blue-Eyed Hawk

Credits:
Tom Herbert: additional bass (track 4) and synth (track 7)
Produced by Tom Herbert and Blue-Eyed Hawk
Additional production (tracks 1 & 10): Leafcutter John
Recorded by Alex Killpartrick at Giant Wafer Studios, Wales, 14-17 April 2014
Assistant engineer: Hugh Sheehan
Mixed by Alex Killpartrick (tracks 1-10) and Andrew Lawson (track 11) at Fieldgate Studio, Wales, April/May 2014
Mastered by Peter Beckmann at TechnologyWorks Mastering, May 2014
Artwork by Joelle Green

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