Stegzy's Music Project

A commentary on Stegzy's album collection

Immaculata – Ion [#614]

ImmaculadaNot one of those CDs that you might find in an incense smelling floaty vagina new age shop in Avebury or Glastonbury but not far off.

Immaculata is the second album of Duncan Patterson’s music project Ion and, if the official Ion website press blurb is to be believed, a result of visiting Greece and Ireland to study musical style. And why wouldn’t you believe that? You can clearly hear the Greecian influences, the Irish influences and also maybe a teeny bit of influence from Lisa Gerrard or Blackmore’s Night.

There are some good sounds on this album and I’m not entirely certain how it ended up in my collection, but I suspect I’ve probably got it from either a royalty-free site like Jamendo while looking for something to use in a video I was making or it was one of the last things I downloaded from Usenet.

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Finis Gloriae Mundis – Rising Shadows [#473]

Rising ShadowsDepressing neoclassical dark wave from Sweden.

This has been in my collection since its release in 2010 and was one of the last albums I obtained during the Great Internet Free for All Download Frenzy of the last decade. Since then, I’m ashamed to say, I had never listened to it until it came to writing this article.

I wish I’d not bothered.

Sometimes in our attempts to stay youthful and in touch with our would-have-been past, we try to draw the last dregs from the flagon of our favourite music genre at a time when the flagon should have been rinsed, popped into the dishwasher and refilled with more mature stuff. This is one such example and it now languishes in the recycle bin of doom.

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Fifth Sun – Lycia [#467]

Lycia_-_Fifth_SunTechnically an EP but notable as Lycia is the band that David Galas plays for when he’s not doing his solo stuff. Only this album is from a time when David was out doing his own thing and Tara and Mike were continuing Lycia without David.

Galas’ absence is audible in this release (though an extra few tracks featuring Galas are on the later re-release) and Tara’s vocals make a noticeable change from previous releases (see/hear The Burning Circle then Dust).

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