Music between two worlds - transgothic trance - ambient-mediaeval dubby pieces, somewhat like: Bjork, The Paradise Motel, Cat Power, Dead Can Dance, Peter Gabriel. Early-music inspired songs translated through both electronics and mediaeval instruments.


The musicians on this album are experts in their fields and succeed in creating a sonic landscape of great breadth and depth that stretches back through time. Themes, song structures and instrumentation of early European music are successfully translated into a modern context with Stevie’s haunting vocals, arrangements and lyrical interpretations.

Traditional instruments (flutes and percussion by Jim Denley, Stevie’s hurdy gurdy, fiddle, and violin) are combined with intricate sampling, programming and keys (Chris Abrahams) and analog synths & found sounds (Shane Fahey) brought together by Shane’s skilful, spatial production techniques.

This album is a musical odyssey that stems from the manuscripts of early music vaults. Chris, Stevie and Shane have translated the traditional form of early music song through the use of complementary harmonic gestures that have been sampled from the album’s pre-production recordings. Loops have been worked into the whole structure of the music as beats and rhythmic overlays, and extend into the areas of vocalisation and instrumentation.

There is a delightful precision to the remix-like programming and a substantial depth of field that is characteristic of a well-devised soundscape. Made over two and a half years, the benefits of time and space are evident in the finished product.


Azeruz (self-titled) - LP, 2001