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BTV070 – BTV061

Saxon Shore
The Exquisite Death of Saxon Shore (btv070) cd/LP
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Questions in Dialect
The Ghost Wishes to Speak (btv069d) cdep/2xLP
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Soporus
Atómové Elektrárne (btv069c) cdep/2xLP
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The Magic Lantern
s/t (btv069b) cdep/2xLP
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Foxhole
Push/Pull (btv069a) cdep/2xLP

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Starflyer 59
Talking Voice Vs. Singing Voice (btv068) LP

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June Panic
Raising the Canopy Wire (btv067) one-sided LP

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Saxon Shore
Luck Will Not Save Us from a Jackpot of Nothing (btv066) cdep

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Saxon Shore
Be a Bright Blue (btv065) cd

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Bosque Brown
Bosque Brown Plays Mara Lee Miller (btv064) cd

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Mount Eerie
Live in Copenhagen (btv063) 3xLP
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Wovenhand
Consider the Birds (btv062) LP
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Damien Jurado
This Fabulous Century (btv061) LP
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btv057 Saxon Shore : Four Months of Darkness

Saxon Shore
“Four Months of Darkness” (btv057)
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Track listing:
1. Four Months of Darkness
2. Amber, Ember, Glow
3. Our Mountain Pass, A Winding Truth
4. Secret Fire, Binding Light
5. Side By Side In This Gentle Descent

Saxon Shore was formed in the winter of 2001 by Matthew Doty (guitar, piano) and Joshua Tillman (drums). Founded in the ideal that themes of beauty, hope and despair could be translated without the use of lyrics or objective subject matter, Doty and Tillman began writing songs which would, quickly soon after, appear on 2002′s Be A Bright Blue which was released on Doty’s Broken Factory Records. Tillman enlisted the help of his brother, Zach Tillman, for bass duties during the sessions. Be A Bright Blue’s austere simplicity and minimal, melodic accessibility dissented from the majority of current instrumental acts by utilizing pop music conventions such as repetition, hooks, and western dynamics, while offering room for solidarity, free interpretations, and thematic independence.

After a year of three regional and one national tour, featuring a revolving door of membership, Saxon Shore recorded 2003′s Four Months of Darkness at home and with Georgia’s Jamie Bozeman. With Doty and Tillman living in upstate NY and Seattle, respectively, the songwriting process became an exchange of mailed 4-track demos. The songs would expand and contract, until both Tillman and Doty were satisfied. The initial tracks for Four Months of Darkness were recorded during a tour as Saxon Shore passed through Atlanta and had some spare days and studio time reserved. After recording these tracks in late autumn 2002, Doty and Tillman took the rough mixes to their respective homes and began to hone and craft the final, resulting album. Doty made several electronic, loop, and keyboard additions which were added to the final mix. Traveling guitarist Matthew Stone was also a contributor to the final process, recording guitar tracks to two songs in his Hershey, PA living room and providing many editing suggestions. Departing from the trademark indie-pop established by Be A Bright Blue, Four Months of Darkness is an expansion of the Saxon Shore sound, allowing meandering song structure and brooding tension throughout the unsettled beauty of its instrumental tale of struggling duality.

 

btv065 Saxon Shore : Be a Bright Blue

Saxon Shore
“Be a Bright Blue” (btv065)
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Track listing:
1 Cader Iris
2 Replacement Driver
3 Be a Bright Blue
4 Angels and Brotherly Love
5 The Last Days of a Tragic Allegory
6 Twilight Is Our Advocate Tonight
7 Guardians of the Second Tower

Saxon Shore was formed in the winter of 2001 by Matthew Doty (guitar, piano) and Joshua Tillman (drums) in upstate New York. Founded in the ideal that themes of beauty, hope and despair could be translated without the use of lyrics or objective subject matter, Doty and Tillman began writing songs which would, quickly soon after, appear on 2002′s Be A Bright Blue which was originally released on Doty’s own Broken Factory Records.

Tillman enlisted the help of his brother, Zach Tillman, for bass duties during the sessions. Be A Bright Blue’s austere simplicity and minimal, melodic accessibility dissented from the majority of current instrumental acts by utilizing pop music conventions such as repetition, hooks, and western dynamics, while offering room for solidarity, free interpretations, and thematic independence.

Be A Bright Blue was born out of late night inspiration, a lust for melody, and most likely a subconscious childhood fixation with progressive rock. Layers of intertwined guitars and syncopated drums crescendo with drive and serve as a backdrop for abandon, hope and restlessness. Without the confines of vocals or song structure, Saxon Shore freely explores musical beauty and depth with an intensity and drama most characteristic of film scores. They are unashamedly emotional, relentlessly rock and roll, and independent, straight up.

The band toured in 2002 to support Be A Bright Blue and gained a following through three regional tours, a summer long national tour, and several spot dates near their New York home. Available at shows and direct mail order, Be A Bright Blue sold out of two pressings on the strength of Saxon Shore’s live show and eventually fell out of print. Four tracks from Be A Bright Blue were featured on the 2004 season of MTV’s The Real World : Philadelphia, but fans were unable to get those songs since the album was unavailable. Tracks from Be A Bright Blue were also used on the independent short film Stray which premiered in Los Angeles this winter and ready for the festival circuit. It is now re-released in 2005 on Philadelphia’s Burnt Toast Vinyl.

2005 is a busy year for Saxon Shore. They band briefly toured in the East and Midwest en route to 2005′s SXSW festival in Austin and the MACRoCk festival in Harrisonburg, VA. Saxon Shore have East Coast and Midwest dates set for April and a national June tour with Ill Ease (Too Pure) booked by Silver Leaf Booking in support of their forthcoming cdep Luck Will Not Save Us from a Jackpot of Nothing (31 May). In between the two tours, Saxon Shore will record their third full-length album, tentatively entitled The Exquisite Death of Saxon Shore in Fredonia, NY with Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Low, Mogwai, Mercury Rev) which will be released in autumn 2005.