Your Jewled Footsteps (Solo and Collaboration Works 1979​-​2006)

by Martyn Bates

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"One of the great white soul singer voices,
by soul i mean Ian Curtis not Jamiroquai. »

Leading our fall season will be these two long-awaited collections. One is devoted to Martyn Bates and offers a retrospective of his whole career, now going on for more than 20 years, including his collaborations outside Eyeless in Gaza. The other collection is a similar retrospective focusing on Eyeless in Gaza.

During those 20 years, against all odds, Bates managed to shape a unique, instantly recognizable form of music - that voice! - based on a deeply rooted, 100% English folk tradition. In our opinion, he is also greatly underrated as a songwriter. In his solo work and in EIG, he has developed what can be called a style: a combination of angst (a working-class hero) and pure melancholia (time irremediably lost, the loss of idealized love), mixed in with an unconditional love of poetry (Keats, Yeats, Joyce) and authentic popular song stylings. In other words, Martyn Bates belongs to a tradition that can be traced all the way back to the troubled times of the Elizabethan era.

YOUR JEWLED FOOTSTEPS journeys through made-in-England pop, folk, poetry recitation and reconstructions of songs whose origins are long forgotten. In addition to Bates' essential pieces, the collection also includes several previously unreleased tracks, including some pre-Industrial sound works predating EIG's formation, in the late '70s.

credits

released January 13, 2017

Please note that on the design front, we will be introducing a new series featuring the artist in his immediate surroundings (studio, home, street, city…), in the shape of a 8 pages digipack (presenting around 20 photographs by Dominique Goblet) with separate booklet reproducing all the lyrics heard on the CD.

01 CUT LIKE SUNSET (1982)
from Letters written
02 SHOREPOEM (1994)
from Mystery seas
03 I CANT LOOK FOR YOU (1996)
from Imagination feels like poison
04 FIRST AND LAST FEBRUARY (1989)
from Letters to a scattered family
05 THE GOD ON THE TREE (1996)
from Imagination feels like poison
06 MORNING SINGING (1982)
from Letters written
07 OF THAT SO SWEET IMPRISONMENT (1996)
from James Joyce/Chamber Music II
08 MIRRORED IN ME (1982)
from Letters written
09 TWILIGHT TURNS FROM AMETHYST... (1994)
from James Joyces/Chamber Music
10 ONCE LOVED (2005)
by Twelve Thousand Days, from At The Landgate.
11 DISSONANCE EXCERT (1979 )
by Martyn Bates/Migraine Inducers, dissonance
12 LATER WAR CRIES (1990)
from Stars come trembling
13 POEMS PENNYEACH (2000)
from Dance of hours
14. THE GARDEN OF OLIVES (1998)
from Martyn Bates/Anne Clarke
15 NO-ONE SPOKE (1996)
from Imagination feels like poison
16 OVERFLOWING LOOK (1982)
from Letters written
17 CHERRY TREE CAROL (1997)
by Martyn Bates & Max Eastley, from Songs of transformation
18 ONCE BLESSED (2000)
from Dance of hours
19 THE CRUEL MOTHER (1996)
by M.J .Harris & Martyn Bates, from Incest Songs/murder ballads, vol. 2
20 LEITMOTIF#1 (2005)
from Leitmotif

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