Exposé Online banner

Unto Ashes — The Blood of My Lady
(Projekt 226, 2009, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2010-07-01

The Blood of My Lady Cover art

If you can imagine a medieval fantasy made for the Sci-Fi Channel – yes, it’s overwrought and romantic in a neo-Gothic sort of way, and frequently anachronistic – this could be the soundtrack. Much of it sounds like Arthurian balladry, with references to kings, battles, and – of course – “my lady,” whose blood seems to have left her body due to unspecified circumstances. In keeping with the era being emulated here, the arrangements are sparse, though drenched with reverberation to give them a lush sound in spite of the simplicity. Main man Michael Laird plays a variety of instruments, with acoustic guitar most common and hurdy-gurdy playing a significant role in several songs – its droning sound and bagpipe-meets-violin melodies suit the overall ambiance well. There are a couple of tunes with lovely arrangements for cello and French horn – though honestly the horns have so much reverb on them they could easily be samples or keyboards; it’s only from the credits you know for sure. Laird’s voice is pleasant, though a little shaky at times; he is joined from time to time by other singers, both male and female. I mentioned anachronistic... how about a Depeche Mode cover done up as a ballad from the Middle Ages? Though to be fair, unless you already knew the song or listened carefully to the words, you’d never know. My Lady’s windscreen doth gather the blood of flies...

Filed under: New releases, Issue 38, 2009 releases

Related artist(s): Unto Ashes

Latest news

Seaprog 2018 Artist Announcements Raise Festival's Profile – Seattle's Seaprog festival has been going since 2013, and the 2018 edition features a slate of artists that's sure to bring more attention to the event. Cheer-Accident, Bubblemath, and Free Salamander Exhibit are in the first round announcement of performers. In keeping with their tradition of focusing on regional artists, they will also present a number of artists from Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia. [Edit: Just added: Inner Ear Brigade] » Read more

Adelbert von Deyen RIP – Word reaches us that German electronic musician Adelbert von Deyen has died. His recorded legacy reaches back to 1978, when Sky Records released Sternzeit. Von Deyen, who was born October 25, 1953 in Süderbrarup, was also known as a painter and graphic artist. » Read more

Didier Lockwood RIP – Word reaches us today of the death of one of France's great jazz musicians, violinist Didier Lockwood. His playing bridged many worlds, from traditional jazz to fusion to progressive rock, and his talent can be heard on recordings by Magma, Clearlight, Pierre Moerlen's Gong, and many more. Lockwood was 62. » Read more

10 Years of Fruits de Mer - The Incomplete Angler – Those of you who are faithful followers of Exposé will know that we have been promoting Fruits de Mer and its side labels and releases from nearly its first year. Now music journalist and author Dave Thompson has written a book chronicling the past ten years as a celebration of this milestone. » Read more

Tom Rapp RIP – Singer / songwriter Tom Rapp, best known with the band Pearls Before Swine, passed away on February 12, at the age of 70, after a battle with cancer. » Read more

Previously in Exposé...

Procosmian Fannyfiddlers - Requiem Fatigue – Sweet voices and guitars start off the Procosmian Fannyfiddlers eighth CD, Requiem Fatigue. The band calls their style burlesque progressive rock, and that's pretty accurate. The tales told here are...  (2011) » Read more

Listen & discover

Print issues