Daniel Patrick Quinn – The Winter Hills (Suilven, 2003)

Daniel Patrick Quinn
The Winter Hills

2xCDr Suilven Recordings SUILVEN001 (UK, 04-2003)

1-1. The Winter Hills
1-2. Pathways
1-3. Of Things to Come
1-4. Pilgrims’ Way
2-1. For her Atoms
2-2. Towards the Sun
2-3. The Stonecutter
2-4. Red Roads
2-5. A Coastal Journey

Daniel Patrick Quinn (born 26 February 1981, Ipswich, England) is best known as a British musician, composer, producer and performer. Founder of the experimental Edinburgh-based record label Suilven Recordings (2003 – early 2006) which released his own works and that of postminimalist ambient American composers DAC Crowell and Kurt Doles, with whom he also collaborated. Quinn’s work is difficult to pigeonhole, seemingly taking influence from many genres including European folk and folklore, pastoral ambient, punk and post-punk, minimalism, classical, spoken-word, jazz, world and avant-garde. His 2005 composition The Burryman, which includes narration by Duncan Grahl regarding the Scottish custom of the Burryman was featured on the Sonic Arts Network compilation curated by comedian and writer Stewart Lee. More recently he founded the London-based group One More Grain, whose second album, Isle of Grain, was released 28 January 2008 on White Heat Records to considerable critical acclaim including Sunday Times Album of the Week feature and airplay including BBC Radio 1. Quinn contributed to trumpeter Andrew Blick’s solo project Gyratory System and was working on a new Afrobeat-inspired solo album Acting The Rubber Pig when he announced his retirement from music primarily as a result of lack of substantial industry funding for the group. A posthumous One More Grain 7″ single of the traditional English song Scarborough Fair was released via Static Caravan in 2008. Quinn then moved to Jakarta, Indonesia, and oversaw In Nem, a New York minimalist-inspired gamelan recording project in Central Java as well as writing liner notes for Trance Gamelan in Bali. He is now writer and editor for an Indonesian volcano website Gunung Bagging detailing all peaks in the country with 1000 metres topographic prominence known as the Ribus. (Wikipedia)

The Winter Hills is the haunting debut CD from multi-talented 22-year old Lancanshire, UK native Daniel Patrick Quinn. Drawing on influences such as Brian Eno, Nico, and Jon Hassell, Quinn lays down a deep, swirling, droning soundscape of synthesizer, percussion, cello, bass, and trumpet, all of which he plays himself. This is a double CD, though I’m not sure why, as the first disc is only about 20-minutes and the second is around 30-minutes. Anyway, it makes for a nice full album length, and the two discs do have a difference.
One the first, Quinn sings over his droning webs of sound, with a vocal style that falls somewhere between traditional folk and a male version of Nico. It comes off best when he sings in a slightly lower register, and adds vocal harmonies to the mix, like on Of Things to Come. The result is something that could be called ambient folk music.
The second disc is mostly instrumental, and continues the pattern of spacey drones with slight folk and classical touches. Quinn utilizes the trumpet more on these tracks, bringing out his Jon Hassell influences, though he definitely brings a more wintry, European feel to his pieces, where Hassell would have tended more towards a warm, tropical world beat feel.
The Winter Hills has a cool, spacious feel to it, conjuring up images of bleak, snow-covered landscapes with its innovative and richly evocative sounds.
(Aural Innovations)

FR A la base, ce blog est né pour partager les productions de Suilven Recordings, label aussi merveilleux que négligé (voire oublié). Même si vous saviez déjà à quel point ce label me tient à coeur, cet album inhabituel risque de vous surprendre, avec son ambient-folk entre Brian Eno et Robert Wyatt. S’il en avait eu les moyens, Daniel Patrick Quinn l’aurait certainement sorti en vinyle, à défaut on se retrouve avec un double-CDr, une ‘face’ vocale et l’autre instrumentale.
ENG Basically, this blog was created to share music from Suilven Recordings, beautiful but underrated and almost forgotten label. You already know how much I love this label, but this unusual album still may suprise you. In a perfect world, this would have been released on vinyl, instead we have two CDs: one vocal ‘side’ (pastoral psychedelic folk à la Robert Wyatt) and one instrumental ‘side’ (pastoral ambient this time).

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Un commentaire pour Daniel Patrick Quinn – The Winter Hills (Suilven, 2003)

  1. docteurorlof dit :


    More from Suilven Recordings:
    DAC Crowell & Kurt Doles Rain Temple Garden
    Daniel Patrick Quinn & Beano Jameson Suilven007
    DAC Crowell Harmundum
    DAC Crowell & Kurt Doles Mercury
    Daniel Patrick Quinn Jura
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