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With Our Arms Wide Open We March Towards the Burning Sea

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  • Audio CD (23 Jun. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Gizeh
  • ASIN: B001AE098S
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. We Are Depleting
  2. With A Kiss And A Tear
  3. Floods - Gliss
  4. White Silence And The Fragile Reality
  5. Goodbye Red Rose! This Was Not For You
  6. Like Everything You See
  7. Always The Storm
  8. Grekken
  9. Our Flags Wave And Our Arms Are Around Another's Shoulder

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`With Our Arms Wide Open We March Towards The Burning Sea'... To be honest, with a title like that I don't even need to listen to this album to know that it's going to be my cup of tea. Portentous, melodramatic, gothic, all of the necessary ingredients to get my juices going!

Obviously though, I have listened to it, and what a rewarding experience it is too but how to describe it is the quandary. Gothic, operatic ambient? Baroque post-rock? The soundtrack to the long dark night of the soul? It takes me back to my dark youth, listening to the output of 4AD records as if my life depended on it, evoking the ghosts of This Mortal Coil, Miranda Sex Garden and Dead Can Dance, but that's not to say that this record is derivative of these acts, far from it, it's just they draw from a common source, a well of darkness so deep and so bleak it's a wonder they can emerge unscathed.

Elly May Irving is the possessor of a voice that can pierce souls, it is so clear, so pure it is almost terrifying. On the unbelievably epic `Floods' the emotion is wrought right out in front of the listener, backed by haunting piano and gorgeous strings the two voices entwine beautifully and the opening few lines of `With A Kiss And A Tear'; `I know your name, I know your name, I know your face...' made the hairs on my whole body stand up, the mournful intensity across the whole record is harrowing.

When Elly May is not doing her thing, much of the album is made up from stark atmospherics and perhaps this is the only weak point of the record.
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With such an apocalyptic sounding album title, you could be forgiven for thinking that this is the much-missed Godspeed You Black Emperor in disguise. It's actually the work of Glissando, or Leeds-based duo Elly May Irivng (vocals) and Richard Knox (laptop, guitar, piano) to be precise. As debut records go, "With Our Arms..." is as ambitious as it gets. Backed by their `Fleeting Glimpse Ensemble', a collection of friends including members of Her Name Is Calla, iLiKETRAiNS and Held by Hands, Glissando's sound may be rooted in the post-rock garden, but it blossoms into many other wondrous territories.

Two minutes worth of golden droning on opener "We Are Depleting" sets the tone and it is clear from the outset that Glissando like to take their time over things. Irving's assured yet alluringly innocent vocal style dominates proceedings early on, ushering us towards the mesmeric orchestral dreamgaze of "Floods". From there, the duo explores the hiss-drenched folk paths of "Goodbye Red Rose! This Was Not for You", where Knox's mystical guitar picking is offset by Irving's barely audible whispers and the ghostly surrounding instrumentation.

Both "Like Everything You See" and "Our Flags Wave and Our Arms Are around another's Shoulders" strongly point towards a Stars of the Lid influence (an act the duo have supported before) with the cavernous, ocean-depth ambience of the latter particularly impressing. But it's the superb "Grekken" that steals the limelight, its gospel-like crescendo-ending finds Glissando climbing just a little higher, as Irving's vocals are harmoniously paired with the unmistakable croak of iLiKETRAiNS' Dan Martin.
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`With Our Arms Wide Open We March Towards The Burning Sea'... To be honest, with a title like that I don't even need to listen to this album to know that it's going to be my cup of tea. Portentous, melodramatic, gothic, all of the necessary ingredients to get my juices going!

Obviously though, I have listened to it, and what a rewarding experience it is too, but how to describe it is the quandary. Gothic, operatic ambient? Baroque post-rock? The soundtrack to the long dark night of the soul? It takes me back to my dark youth, listening to the output of 4AD Records as if my life depended on it, evoking the ghosts of This Mortal Coil, Miranda Sex Garden and Dead Can Dance, but that's not to say that this record is derivative of these acts, far from it, it's just they draw from a common source, a well of darkness so deep and so bleak it's a wonder they can emerge unscathed.

Elly May Irving is the possessor of a voice that can pierce souls, it is so clear, so pure it is almost terrifying. On the unbelievably epic `Floods' the emotion is wrought right out in front of the listener, backed by haunting piano and gorgeous strings the two voices entwine beautifully and the opening few lines of `With A Kiss And A Tear'; `I know your name, I know your name, I know your face...' made the hairs on my whole body stand up, the mournful intensity across the whole record is harrowing.

When Elly May is not doing her thing, much of the album is made up from stark atmospherics and perhaps this is the only weak point of the record.
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