Title - 'Final Reflections'
Artist - Peter Ulrich Collaboration
For those not in the know, The Peter Ulrich Collaboration is a collaboration helmed by Peter Ulrich, former percussionist for the iconic Dead Can Dance, the brilliantly innovative band from the '80s and '90s.
The Collaboration is the brainchild of Ulrich and Trebor 'Big T' Lloyd of City Canyons Productions as producer and a principal collaborator and the Collaboration mixes folk rock, world rock, art rock and psychedelic music with a world view that encompasses alternative history, fictional universes, Steampunk, and Goth; whilst recalling the exquisitely crafted soundscapes of Dead Can Dance.
The group features songwriting by Ulrich, Lloyd, and New York songwriters Anne Husick, Sara Wendt and Kathy Sheppard among others with vocals by David Steele, Wendt, Ulrich, Jen Elliott, Shane Chapman, Stephanie Linn, Timothy Dark, Sharon Hochman-Hawk and other bright American and English talents.
After the release of two albums, The Painted Caravan and Tempus Fugitives, this soon-to-be released (November 15th, 2019) Final Reflections is the third, and final album in the well-received Painted Caravan Trilogy.
1. 'Artificial Man'
2. 'Lessons of Love'
3. 'Severely Blessed'
4. 'Pirate Jane'
5. 'Nightwalker and Love Witch'
6. 'Hawk Dreams'
7. 'Swimming In My Sleep'
8. 'Squaring the Circle'
9. 'Love's Skeleton' (Remixed & Remastered)
10. 'Hanging Man' (Remixed & Remastered)
Like the two albums before it, Final Reflections is chock full of wondrous tales, such as the track that stats things off, the tale of an angry android in a dystopian world, 'Artificial Man,' which is backed by their return to themes of love, such as the splendid tale of a man who falls in love with a woman in a painting, 'Lessons of Love.'
This rather grand mix of folk and world music continues effortlessly onward with the story of a man reluctantly rising from the dead in 'Severely Blessed,' the richly colorful and enjoyable 'Pirate Jane,' and then 'Nightwalker and Love Witch' - the story of a desperate love-hungry man under the spell of an enchantress.
The reflective journeying we all do can be found within 'Hawk Dreams,' which is in turn backed seamlessly by both 'Swimming In My Sleep' and one of the highlights on the album, 'Squaring the Circle.
As was the case with the first two albums, Final Reflections has a dark side as well as a briskly adventurous one, but the meld is perfect, the blend harmonious and enjoyable.
The album then rounds out with both 'Love's Skeleton' and 'Hanging Man', two of the favorites from The Painted Caravan, furthered explored now with remixed and remastered versions.
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