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Snow Ghosts Share New Track & Video “Prophecies”- Taken From Forthcoming Album “The Fell” out February 24th on Houndstooth

February 18, 2023
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Snow Ghosts Share New Track & Video “Prophecies”

Taken From Forthcoming Album “The Fell” out February 24th on Houndstooth

Snow Ghosts have shared a third single from their forthcoming album, ‘The Fell’, which is set for release on February 24th through Houndstooth.

Following the propulsive dense electronics of “Curse” and the earthy folk of “Buried”, now the band share the delicate, suspense-filled new track “Prophecies” along with a video, commenting: “Prophecies is about the seasonal gatherings that mark the year. These ritualised festivals reaffirm it’s cyclic nature but at their heart they are more about bringing together communities with music and dance.”

Another truly beautiful landscape, filled with haunting vocals utilizing the vast range that compels the audience. The tone that starts to build the initial world slowly grows before the suddenly start twisting, intensive synth notes and bold beats join to dynamically shift the delicate soundscape that started. The harmonies allow this intimate portrayal amongst the very brash textures which escalate towards the immense explosive peak, Snow Ghosts sculpt such complex creations with this unpredictable essence.

‘The Fell’ sees the trio of Hannah Cartwright (Augustus Ghost, Masakichi), Ross Tones (Throwing Snow) and Oli Knowles (The Keep, Sex Swing) return with a collection of old folk songs that were never written – an album that conjures images of animals and ancient tales experienced within a future landscape. Ancestral marks imprint the endless terrain of ‘The Fell’ and their songlines still sing.
A seed of an idea was planted in 2015 during a conversation between vocalist Hannah Cartwright and fellow founder Ross Tones about his home in Weardale. The trio, completed by Oli Knowles, have had three releases since that time, giving the album time to slowly grow its roots deep into their creative subconscious. 
“The concept of The Fell as a living thing was there from the beginning” explains Ross. “That imagery provided the overarching environment” Hannah continues, “which then left us encompassed by human, floral, faunal, mythological, folkloric and magical elements to explore as and when we approached each piece. It was a chance to completely immerse ourselves in another world, its history and perception through other inhabitants.”
The Fell’ is also a liminal or ‘thin’ place. Bog land preserves organic remains, like time capsules, a quality that made it a special place to prehistoric people. These relics serve as starting points for new stories and songs. Folk tales talk of the metamorphosis of animals into people and back again which talks to a deep rooted ambiguity of where people begin and the land ends.
“The moorland fell looks beautiful, wild and desolate.” Ross continues. “From certain places you can look in all directions and see no obvious signs of humanity. Yet it’s a completely man made landscape. We used it as a multilayered metaphor, containing stories of the interaction between humans and nature which express themselves in folklore.” 
The arrangement too is multilayered in its approach. 2019’s colossal ‘A Quiet Ritual’ contained a score for a full orchestra and the ancient Carnyx. ‘The Fell’s’ instrumental arsenal consists of esraj, dulcimer, daf and bodhrán drums, violin, guitars, and a variety of synthesisers. Whilst equally vast, immersive and other-worldly, these tools are used to create intimate, personal stories. Sharing a mutual influence of the shadowy elements of folklore and the heavier side of experimental noise, a disparate array of reference points and this extensive collection of instruments combines to form Snow Ghosts’ bewitching and often intoxicating sound. 
On ‘The Fell’, they return for a captivating new album where ancient folk motifs intermingle with dark electronics, violins and primordial imagery to create an album of vast contrasts – heavy, yet flowing; electronic yet organic; modern yet steeped in nature and history.

‘The Fell’ will be released on February 24th via Houndstooth. Pre-order/pre-save links here
‘The Fell’ track list:
1. Given
2. Hearths
3. Filaments
4. Curse
5. Buried
6. Hawthorn
7. Avine
8. Prophecies
9. Home
10. Magpie
11. Vixen
12. Taken

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