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Dawnwalker: Always feature a revolving cast of musicians.

Dawnwalker – House Of Sand

When I was a kid I enjoyed to make house of sand, and many years later the band Dawnwalker release and album entitled House Of Sand.

Dawnwalker is a collective of musicians based in London, England and led by songwriter Mark Norgate. Their music blends modern metal with experimental rock and progressive influences. There are no two of their records which sound quite the same, but always feature a revolving cast of musicians who join forces to create something heavy, atmospheric and enigmatic.

House Of Sand marks a significant change away from the post and folk metal influences of Dawnwalker’s last LP Ages for something darker and more difficult to pin down. As pictured on Mitchell Nolte’s cover painting, the album is set against a backdrop of idyllic suburbs and the darkness that may be lurking beneath.

References abound to the darker side of the human psyche and a spiritual malaise (the “demon of noontide”) which once contracted gradually destroys all in its path.

Musically, there are touchstones from across the British indie and progressive rock canon – Pink Floyd, Radiohead and Mansun’s 1998 prog opera ‘Six’ to name a few – but these influences are blended with a modern heavy sensibility to create a unique sound all of its own. It might be thought of as something akin to the lovechild of Opeth and Kate Bush.

At 43 minutes, it is Dawnwalker’s shortest LP by some distance, but each of these thirteen songs is packed to the brim with inventive ideas which belie their length.

Together with Joe Clayton of No Studio, they wanted to get away from the overproduced sound of modern metal and computer-generated artifice. As such, no click tracks or synthesized instruments were used at all on the album. Instead, an ensemble of eight musicians wielding acoustic guitars, piano, violins and four vocalist performed whole takes live in the room, choosing to make a feature of their imperfections rather than airbrush them away. The end result is Dawnwalker’s darkest but most human and affecting album to date.

Dawnwalker:

Chris J. Allan – Drums

Matteo Bianciotto – Guitars, Vocals

Dane Cross – Vocals

Mina Jackson – Piano

Robin Melinda Koob – Violin

Mark Norgate – Vocals, Guitars

Roisin O’Toole – Vocals

Featuring Alastair Mitchell as The Master

1. R.I.P.

2. Demon of Noontide

3. The Witness

4. False Doors

5. Egypt

6. House of Sand

7. The Prisoner

8. Repeater

9. Coming Forth By Day 03:12

10. Standing Stones

11. The Master

12. House of Sand II video

13. Mildew

Dawnwalker return in 2022 with their fifth album House Of Sand, which marks a significant move away from the post and folk metal influences of their last LP Ages for something darker and more difficult to pin down. As pictured on Mitchell Nolte’s cover painting, the album is set against a backdrop of idyllic suburbs and the darkness that may be lurking beneath. References abound to the darker side of the human psyche and a spiritual malaise (the “demon of noontide”) which once contracted gradually destroys all in its path.

The suburbs dream of violence…

– J.G. Ballard

Musically, there are touchstones from across the British indie and progressive rock canon -Pink Floyd, Radiohead and Mansun’s 1998 prog opera Six to name a few – but these influences are blended with a modern heavy sensibility to create a unique sound all of its own. It might be thought of as something akin to the lovechild of Opeth and Kate Bush. At 43 minutes, it is Dawnwalker’s shortest LP by some distance, but each of these thirteen songs is packed to the brim with inventive ideas which belie their length. The track Coming Forth By Day,

Together with Joe Clayton of No Studio, they wanted to get away from the over produced sound of modern metal and computer… 

All songs written by Mark Norgate except:

House Of Sand was written by Baum/Giant/Kaye and originally performed by Elvis Presley. The Witness contains an excerpt from Adonais by Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Recorded and mixed by Joe Clayton at No Studio in Manchester, September to December, 2021. Piano recorded by Matt Brown Recordings. Mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege. Additional mangling was performed at home. Cover painting by Mitchell Nolte. Hieroglyphics designed by Emma Falconer. Layout by Stuart Gardham. Special thanks: Nick, Suzie, Hayley, Malin and Fig.

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About Ulf Backstrøm (7413 Articles)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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