Embarking on his newest musical journey, Peter Ulrich helms this joint project which features a stellar cast of artists including among others Sara Wendt, David Steele, Jen Elliott and I.V. Webb. Originally a concept developed by Ulrich and Trebor Lloyd (CEO of City Canyons, LLC), principal contributors include Ulrich, Lloyd (producer and principal songwriter), Wendt (songwriter, lead and background vocals), Steele (lead and background vocals, guitar) and Anne Husick (principal songwriter, guitar). Full credits are listed in the CD sleeve.
Pre-released in the UK in the spring of 2013 to rave reviews, "The Painted Caravan" is scheduled for release in the U.S. on February 14th, 2014, by AIS Records (under exclusive license from City Canyons, LLC) and in the works are plans for U.S. concert dates in the New Year.
British journalists have already sung the praises of this album. AAA Music calls The Painted Caravan "an unconventional, eclectic mix of songs which captures the spirit of baroque, folk rock, global roots and psychedelia..."
The Painted Caravan unveils the development of Ulrich's distinctive sound, creating a genre that combines the beauty of a plethora of intriguing sounds gathered from all corners of the globe. The diverse array of instruments on the album includes Chinese moon guitar, ocarina, Uilleann pipes, Irish whistle, Wagner tuba, tabla, darabuka, djembe, military bass drum, Chinese and Turkish cymbals, Mayan drum, guiro, bagpipes and didgeridoo! Add to this the stunning guest vocals and you have a blend unlike on any other album.
One English journalist summed it up like this: "Mesmerizing grandeur, solemn beauty, intricate craftsmanship and sonic depth are all traits deeply inherent within this album. The Painted Caravanis likely to appeal to fans of Richard and Linda Thompson, Smoke Fairies, Faun Fables, Beirut, Luminescent Orchestrii, PJ Harvey's quieter moments and, of course, Dead Can Dance."
To give you a brief flavor of the album, here's an introduction to the first six of the CD's twelve tracks:"In This Or Other Skin," a modern folk ballad with a universal message about brave men and brave women fighting for freedom. "Pureland"
Recorded, mixed and mastered primarily in New York's world-class studio Engine Room Audio, The Painted Caravan was also born overseas, in Peter's home studio in London, Kingsley Sage's studio in Brighton, England and Saskia Dommisse's studio in the Netherlands.
A world-renowned multi-instrumentalist, Ulrich is lauded for his drums and percussion work in the iconic Dead Can Dance and This Mortal Coil, as well as for his two acclaimed solo albums. The first, 'Pathways and Dawns,' was described by Alternative Press as "...the album the Beatles might have made had they signed to 4AD instead of Capitol."
In 1983 Ulrich became a member of Dead Can Dance, then signed to 4AD. He played on their eponymous debut album, the "Garden Of The Arcane Delights" EP and albums "Within The Realm Of A Dying Sun" and "Spiritchaser,"
The Painted Caravan's producer Trebor Lloyd recalls, "As the collaboration concept slowly came into being, we had in mind that we were not interested in creating another album of good but similar tracks, variations on a theme. We were interested in creating a musical journey where you felt you set sail at one place and made a voyage, with various ports of call."
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