Private Green Mistletoe : Linga Silvarum (US, 2004)***
Surprising to hear there exist similar bands like Stone Breath, like Green Mistletoe for instance. This music is performed by minor key acoustic guitar & flute accompanying improvisations, some handpercussion, baritone whispers. I notice also pagan like associations. I personally think it should interest any Stone Breath fan. One of the main inspirations is “the greening Christ”. This can be an occasion to educate some conservative Christians, so we can say once more : “No, the “greening Christ” hung on a tree is NOT a blasphemy. It has associations with much older European & Germanic symbolism. Odin/Wodan was the first initiator, symbolised by the hangman on a tree. He was also struck by the spear, and was resurrected after his going to the underworld. This well-accepted symbol was adapted by European Christianity ; in this way symbols of Christ and the personal initiator through nature became interconnected. This was the reason that in early European Christ statues, you can still see him hung on a tree, in the form of a symbol which now still can be seen in the middle of the peace-sign, instead of a cross. Further we hear on this album, beside one minimalist medieval dance tune, a couple more songs, this time with real –baritone- singing, sometimes with a (dark) mystic flavour, always connected with nature, and perhaps also some ancient associations with nature. Besides the music is alternated by various shorter tracks a few times with rather psychedelic mixes of acoustically recorded sounds and inspirations.