Stone Breath — A Silver Thread to Weave the Seasons
(Hand/Eye h/e033, 1998/2008, 2CD)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2008-10-01
Picture if you will that it is harvest time in the heart of Appalachia. Leaves are blowing, acorns are falling, pumpkins are ripening, and all manner of woodland critters are scurrying about. That should give you a pretty good idea of the mood set by the acid-forest-drone-mantra-folk duo from Pennsylvania, Stone Breath (Timothy Renner aka tiMOTHy and Prydwyn). They sing and play dark folk songs of the earth, sunlight spearing ominous clouds, old growth forests, the smell of wet earth, and pagan ceremonies. tiMOTHy and Prydwyn play a variety of acoustic instruments (harp, mandolin, whistle, flute, chimes, autoharp, dumbek, guitar, tabla, oud, tarka, banjo, sitar, and harmonium). tiMOTHy’s voice takes some getting used to, he tends to whisper more than sing, and when he does sing it is usually out of tune. A Silver Thread is the second Stone Breath album and was originally released in 1998. Long out of print it is now reissued in an expanded version with a second disc of bonus material from rare compilation appearances. Most of the songs are penned by Stone Breath, but there are a couple of cover tunes on the original disc by Clive Palmer (Incredible String Band founder) and one by the Third Ear Band. The bonus material contains a couple of Syd Barrett songs, an unreleased song with Fit & Limo, and a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Thirteen.” If you are unfamiliar with Stone Breath, this reissue is an excellent place to begin.
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