This Mortal Coil - Filigree & Shadow

  • This Mortal Coil - Filigree & Shadow

This Mortal Coil - Filigree & Shadow


FormatCD & 2LP
Released7th December 2018
Catalogue DAD3X05
Barcode 652637300512 –

This Mortal Coil was the given name of a strictly-studio project that spawned three albums, conceived and produced by one-time 4AD founder Ivo Watts-Russell.

Over the span of eight years he, along with Blackwing Studios house engineer/ co-producer, John Fryer, and a rotating cast of musicians, created original works, musical links and reinterpretations of impeccably curated songs; introducing a new audience to the talents of a previous generation including Big Star, Tim Buckley, Roy Harper, Spirit, Gene Clark, Dino Valenti, Rain Parade, Emmylou Harris, Syd Barrett and Colin Newman, amongst others.

The new deluxe vinyl versions differ from the original releases with each album having had its artwork reimagined by Ivo Watts-Russell and Vaughan Oliver (4AD’s long-time visual partner). All three are now presented in beautiful, hand finished and high-gloss gatefold sleeves, using remastered audio made from the original analogue studio tapes by the late, great John Dent.

The deluxe CD editions are being manufactured by the Ichikudo company in Japan, coming packaged in striking gatefold paper sleeves which are printed to the highest standard. Originally made available as part of a highly limited boxset back in 2011, these new versions differ by being UHQCDs (Ultimate High Quality Compact Disc) rather than HDCDs (High Definition Compatible Digital).

Released two years after their debut album, This Mortal Coil’s Filigree & Shadow (1986) was no less ornate than its predecessor; a double album with each of its four sides a self-contained unit.

New faces joined the cast for this record, including a variety of singers Ivo handpicked like Alison Limerick, Jeanette, Dominic Appleton (Breathless), sisters Deirdre and Louise Rutkowski (Sunset Gun), and Richenel.

An intense listen, The Quietus called it “tortured yet oddly euphoric… (music which) could easily rip flimsy souls apart.”

A1. Velvet Belly

A2. The Jeweller

A3. Ivy And Neet

A4. Meniscus

A5. Tears

A6. Tarantula
B1. My Father

B2. Come Here My Love

B3. At First, And Then

B4. Strength Of Strings

B5. Morning Glory

C1. Inch-Blue

C2. I Want To Live

C3. Mama K (1)

C4. Filigree & Shadow

C5. Fire Brothers

C6. Thaïs (1)

C7. I Must Have Been Blind

C8. A Heart Of Glass

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