has pointed out elsewhere, Stone Breath's music can at first seem dark, dreary. Sometimes it evokes that kind of apocalyptic uneasiness, the kind only folk and bluegrass can. But as Brad was also quick to point out, the music bathes in light, albeit somewhat melancholic, but a very true, very mysterious, terrestrial and warming sort of light. ?A Silver Thread To Weave The Seasons? is an expanded reissue double CD set, one which I'm personally grateful for hearing as I never heard the original.
I sit here in swampy Central Florida, listening to the unseasonably loud frogs outside, the persistent, strumming banjo steadily plods an amazing accompaniment to those creatures' strange chirps. The violin creeps into the drift of these acoustically pristine folk melodies and forms an invisible hand, and like a lover strokes the down hanging moss from the Cyprus silhouette at my window. Black earth music with black water flow, these wonderful songs get in between your toes like sand and dirt which you'll track behind you wherever you go, always connecting you to the ground beneath.
The first CD is a straight reissue of the titular recording. The second CD is comprised of tracks from around the same time. The temperate baritone tiMOTHy notes they are songs between ?the period of 'A Silver Thread... and the next..album..'Lanterna Lucis Viriditatis'.? Both have songs which range from good to great.
A true psych-folk treat, it doesn't always escape the fairies and gnomes trappings this kind of music often comes with, but that's a personal thing. Though at times it can be a little ?woo-woo? for my liking, the strength of the songs, the personality of the ballads, shines and pulls through with elegance and grace. 7/10 -- P. Somniferum (19 February, 2008)