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Your Jewled Footsteps
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CD

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SR 257CD SR 257CD
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RELEASE DATE
10/24/2006

This is a long awaited Martyn Bates best-of collection, sampling a wide selection of his solo and collaborative work from 1979 to 2006. UK-based Martyn Bates founded the post-punk duo Eyeless in Gaza in 1980, along with Peter Becker. During his 20+ year career, after countless releases and against all odds, Bates managed to shape a unique, instantly recognizable form of music based on a deeply rooted, 100% English folk tradition. Often underrated as a songwriter, in his solo work and in EIG, he has developed what can be called an almost Elizabethan style: a combination of angst (a working-class hero) and pure melancholia (time irremediably lost, the loss of idealized love), mixed in with an unconditional love of poetry (Keats, Yeats, Joyce) and authentic popular song stylings. In addition, he possesses one of the most strangely compelling voices imaginable. Your Jewled Footsteps journeys through made-in-England pop, folk, poetry recitation and reconstructions of songs whose origins are long forgotten. In addition to Bates' essential pieces, the collection also includes several previously unreleased tracks, including some pre-industrial sound works predating EIG's formation, in the late '70s.