Stegzy's Music Project

A commentary on Stegzy's album collection

Birds of Passage – Bel Canto (#191)

Birds of Passage - Bel Canto Birds of Passage – Bel Canto (191)

I first came across Bel Canto on the Heavenly Voices compilation. Or at least I think I did.

There has always been something familiar – Hauntingly familiar – about this album. As if I’ve always known it. As if at some point I’ve blanked the album from my memory only to have it resurface some years later and it appear fresh and exciting to me. No. That’s not it. It’s very difficult for me to put it into words. Perhaps this then. No other album inspires deja vu the way this album does with me.

Anyway, this is an example of music from the ethereal genre popular in the early to late 90s. Spooky haunting vocals over placid lake like compositions.  This is the only Bel Canto album I have and it is their second. I understand they’ve had many other releases but this, I have been told, is the definitive. The perfect one. It’s hard not to disagree. It flows like liquid. Chilled. Into your mind. Through your ears.

 

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Accessories – The Gathering [#51]

Accessories – The Gathering

This is the second album alphabetically that I have from The Gathering. It is one of those filler albums. The ones that bands or record labels release to maintain interest in their music between albums. Accessories is a compilation of live, rare and b side songs.

Songs from Mandylion like Strange Machines, Amity and In Motion are joined by covers of Dead Can Dance (In Power We Trust the Love Advocated) and instrumental and orchestral versions of other classic Gathering songs.

I suppose it is one of my favourite albums by the Gathering, purely because it showcases most of their better songs. Spread over two discs, the playtime runs to just over 2 hours 25 minutes and is a good introduction to the band if you couldn’t face A Noise Severe.

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