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

2020-09-09
Simeon Coxe RIP – Simeon Coxe, best known for his experimental electronics in the band Silver Apples, has died at the age of 82. The band's 1968 debut album set the stage for both German electronic music and experimental punk music a decade later. Coxe died on September 8 from pulmonary fibrosis. » Read more

2020-09-05
Gary Peacock RIP – Legendary bassist Gary Peacock, veteran of many recordings and performances with Paul Bley, George Russell, Roland Kirk, Bill Evans, Tony Williams, and many more. » Read more

2020-07-22
Tim Smith RIP – Tim Smith, leader of the eccentric band Cardiacs, has died at the age of 59 after many years of health problems. Cardiacs was known for intense and complicated music that combined punk energy with the rhythmic and harmonic sophistication of progressive rock. » Read more

2020-07-12
Judy Dyble RIP – Singer-songwriter Judy Dyble, who was a founding member of Fairport Convention and one of the distinctive voices of the 60s folk revival in Britain, has died at the age of 71. Her passing came at the end of a long illness, though which she continued to work. » Read more

2020-07-06
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Missus Beastly - Missus Beastly – Missus Beastly arose in Germany’s late 60s psychedelic, revolutionary underground scene which also produced the better-known Xhol and Embryo. As the extensive liner notes for this reissue of their...  (2003) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues