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Velvet Mantle

Artist: Shifting Sands

Date of Release: 30/10/2006

Catalogue no: 1091

Label: Self Published

Price: £9.99

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Track Listing

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Title

Duration

1

 

Velvet Mantle

2

 

Haunting Melody

3

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Ocean Sound

4

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Aurora's Flame

5

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Persephone's Darkness

6

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Pieces

7

 

Sculpture of Love

8

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Cerulean Blue

9

 

Beauties of the Past

10

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Kaleidoscope

11

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Woman in White

12

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Let it go

13

 

Feather

14

 

Magadi

 

 

 

 

Shifting Sands are a piano/vocal duo who write their own original material. The 14 tracks are rooted in jazz but also blend classical influences to create a unique sound.The duo firmly believes in ensemble playing and a oneness of sound. Poetic lyrics are also a centre piece on many of the album tracks as well as using the voice in an instrumental context.

 

Reviews

 

05/11/2006 Dan McClenaghan

Velvet Mantle, by the British duo Shifting Sands, explores a richly atmospheric, bluesy midtempo territory of jazz sounds. Deborah Winter is the vocalist; Jo Lander sits in the piano chair. Both musicians are classically trained, and their delivery, given that training, has the high polish one would expect, while still sounding organic and spontaneous.

The duo's obvious classical training is tinted by their jazz influences. For vocalist Winter, it's Ellington, Miles Davis, Patricia Barber, Kurt Elling and Mark Murphy. The purity of tone, voice-as-an-instrument and glowing resonance suggest the Kurt Elling influence primarily—a rich, mellow tone, with full control, clarinet-like (as opposed to Elling's flugelhorn-like sound) in its fluid movement from note to note, with a remarkable range. Lander found that the calls of Miles Davis, Bill Evans and John Lewis drew her to jazz. Her style is economical and understated, sometimes quirky, and it's this study in contrasts that makes the duo's sound such a success.


The fourteen tunes are all originals, Winter/Lander-penned, and they fit together with a seamless cohesion. The second tune is entitled “Haunting Melody,” and you could call that sentiment the theme for the disc. These is hauntingly pretty music, the interplay of voice and piano joyously simpatico.


Velvet Mantle is cool-toned, pared-down music. It would be interesting to hear the duo expand to a quartet with bass and drums.

 

01/09/2006 Liam Noble

'These two really play well together and it is so rare that one hears that' - Liam Noble

 

30/08/2006 Juliet Kelly

‘A beautiful sound, gorgeous vocals, wonderfully atmospheric’ - Juliet Kelly

 

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