Swimming With The Ghost Angels – The Delerium Trees
Swimming With The Ghost Angels continues some of the themes explored in the Paradise Will Be album. Six of the songs have vocals, whilst five tracks are instrumentals.
The title track Swimming With The Ghost Angels deals with the composer’s own health issues; Freak Show, Jump Jump, Dry Rivers and Closed Doors refer to political and environmental issues, i.e. climate change, marine pollution and the political mess worldwide. Higher Ground closes the album on a happy note, full of optimism and with a flugel horn making its presence felt.
Joining Drew, on guitars for these tracks is Jack Fox, who adds his own style to proceedings, having mainly played with heavy metal bands. In a change of direction, this is his first album appearance.
The instrumental tracks, Do Angels Dream?, One Day and Fighting The Gods, have been extended and remixed due to demand from radio stations and DJs (One Day was composed when Drew was eight years old – the original manuscript still exists). They also lean to the composer’s classical background and are being orchestrated for performance at a later date.
Two other instrumentals, Sound of 633 and Gliding, were originally radio jingles – they are also extended versions.
The album was recorded at Crackerbox Palace, Turriff and ARC Studios, Mintlaw, Aberdeenshire in early 2019. Heitor Alves mixed and mastered the album. Drew has recorded many times at the ARC Studios, most notably with Gavin Sutherland, John Mackie, the Aden Park Brass Band and Sandy Bain.
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