Language Of StoneEx Reverie : The Door Into Summer (US,2008)***°
Different from to the other Language Of Stone releases, is that for the first three tracks there are undertaken musical adventures towards more progressive “rock” moves, with fine fuzz guitar mixed with chamber arrangements, taking the foundations of nu-folk surrounding the label and related groups to reach forward to a different further lying area, something which even 70s progressive hard (prog)rock lovers would love to hear as well. I guess also Greg Weeks will be partly responsible for this interpretation, and as always, the arrangements fit perfectly. After this surface the songs are more sparsely arranged, subtle as well. I didn’t go into the concept well enough yet, but since there has not been undertaken not many efforts into promoting the label, I will leave it with this sparse information this time.
Ex Reverie is led by singer/multi-instrumentalist Gillian Chadwich (voice, acoustic & electric guitars, dulcimer, lead guitar, shakers and bells, fender Rhodes piano, handclaps). She is also part of the duo Woodwose (together with Jessica Weeks, who also appears on The Valerie Project, Grass), and part of the group Golden Ball. Close companion is David Chadwick on bass guitar, string arrangements (2,3). In Studio we also had Greg Weeks on acid leads (1,2,5,6), backing vocals, recorders, univox organ, metalophone, shakers (4), handclaps, string arrangements (1,2,6) ; Julius Masri : drum kit, pandeiro, shakers ; Margie Wienk : cello, string arrangements (8) ; Katt Hernandez : violin (2,3,6) ; Gretchen Lohse : violin (2,3) ; Jessica Weeks : flute, handclaps.