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Gilli Smyth

I Am Your Egg

Voiceprint VP376CD (2005)

A glorious melange of tracks by Gilli Smyth, daevid allen, Orlando Monday, each with their own style but woven together with great ingenuity. Totally engrossing soundscapes with snatches of conversation, the sounds of trains leaving and their dramatic arrival; a gliss and l2 string guitar piece by Harry Williamson and daevid, songs, orchestras, animal voices, Gilli's voice floating above it all, or landing on the sands of Palestine, saztars, animal voices and a touch of supernatural. Unique.

Part of the Press Release:

Where does creative energy go when it is not coming out in playing and doing tours? It creates an inner volcano, which pours into recording, as has been happening throughout this year, with daevid allen, Orlando Allen, and Gilli Smyth. Now a collaboration of songs and cinematic pieces - a wide spectrum ranging from fast drums, punky bass and driving chant ('Sacrifice') to 'visual' scenarios ('End St. Station' and 'Palestine') to melodic songs ('Melting Love' and daevid's 'Ship of Fools'), and featuring animal voices, opera singers, haunting flutes, mellifluous speaking voices, a couple of orchestral pieces, and 'Playbacks' type loops, created by daevid, who also wrote the glissando/guitar piece 'River Song' with Harry Williamson.

Some of the new pieces were intended for the remake, or sequel, to 2001's "It's all a Dream", by Orlando and Gilli However, Orlando left for Europe, and so Gilli took those pieces as the basis for the album, and added several more by her and daevid, most of which are entirely new. Some have guitars by Josh and Makoto from AcidMothersGong, from the You'n'gong time in 2OO3, worked by Orlando into soundscapes ('Memory', 'Time Dilation').

Gilli conceived and produced the album, (production on their individual songs by daevid and Orlando), it was engineered by Greg McClain and the cover Art is by daevid. There are many contrasts and surprises in some of the landscapes, interspersed by themes of great beauty, as there has generally been with Gong music, innovating, not following any one style.

tracks

  1. End St. Station Gilli Smyth
  2. Sacrifice daevid allen/Gilli Smyth
  3. Melting Love Orlando Allen
  4. Slinky Ones Orlando Allen
  5. River Song daevid allen/Harry Williamson
  6. Ship of Fools daevid allen
  7. Midnight Sun Orlando Allen
  8. Undeniably Orlando Allen
  9. Time Dilation Orlando Allen, Lyrics Gilli Smyth
  10. Hungry Lion Orlando Allen
  11. Mechanical Schoolmistress daevid allen
  12. Palestine music : Al Khimiya Band; lyrics : Gilli Smyth
  13. Memory

personnel

  • Gilli Smyth spoken word 1 8, vocals 9 12, backing vocal 6, wolf voice 4
  • daevid allen glissando guitar 5, uitar: 6, vocals 2 6
  • Orlando Allen backing arrangement & synthesiser 6, strings 7
  • Harry Williamson 12-string guitar 5 8
  • Josh Pollock guitar 9 13
  • Kawabata Makoto guitar 9 13
  • Scott Tinkler trumpet 3
  • Simon Crosbie harmonica 1
  • Sam McClain drums 2, sound effects/announcement 1
  • Aryun Carkeet bass & guitar 2
  • Dave Ades sax 3
  • Clara Quennfranc song 1, vocals 2 4
  • Efendi Jaenudin Penpen flute, gamela, other instruments 7
  • Ren Waterfall tablas 8
  • Gerard Lunton drums 8
  • Steve Holt sazta & flute 12