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UNITED BIBLE STUDIES

Prog Folk • Ireland


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UNITED BIBLE STUDIES are an Irish folk music collective consisting of several core members, augmented on occasion by friends and fellows for live appearances and special projects. The band has amassed an extensive discography of limited and commercial releases, as well as promos, EPs and split discs. The band's music is clearly influenced by older generation psych folk groups like INCREDIBLE STRING BAND as well as newer free folk acts in the vein of SPIRES THAT IN THE SUNSET RISE and LONG LIVE DEATH.

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Stations of the Sun, Transits of the Moon
2003
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The Lunar Observatory
2004
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The Solar Observatory
2005
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The Shore That Fears the Sea
2006
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The Arboreal Observatory
2008
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The Jonah
2009
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Downland w/Jozef van Wissem
2011
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I Am Providence
2012
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Spoicke
2013

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Live at the Warehouse
2006
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Black Colcannon
2007
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The Gascoigne Observatory
2010
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The Dreamlike States of the United Bible Studies
2011
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Live at the Colchester Arts Centre
2012

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Huntly Town
2004
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Airs of Sun and Stone
2005
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The Northern Lights and the Northern Dark
2006
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The Kitchen Session
2010
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A Shatner Observatory
2010

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 Spoicke by UNITED BIBLE STUDIES album cover Studio Album, 2013
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Spoicke
United Bible Studies Prog Folk

Review by octopus-4
Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl Team

— First review of this album —
3 stars Describing the nusic of Universal Bible Study is really uneasy as it's different from everything else but similar to a lot of other things at the same time.

There is folk, but there is dark ambient as well. Let's see how this "Spoicke" looks like.

The album consists in 4 tracks, two lengthy ones (around 15 minutes) and two less long which score about 5 minutes each, but the second is a reprise of the first long track.

"Black Matthew 1" is a long dark ambient track which reminds me a little to the progressive electronic of Richard Rich on which the lectronic is the modulation of acoustic instruments and natural sounds. On this track we can hear harp and sitar together with background noises and sometimes distorted voices. As in a lot of medieval music inspired tunes, there is no rhythm and the mood is calm and sad. I think to some early Clannad or Pentangle. You know those long harp based instrumentals? Well add to those electric guitar in saturation,and various background noises, some electronics (possibly) and ethnic instruments. If you like the genre it's an excellent track. About 16 minutes of dreamy sadness to swim into. If you think to prog-folk don't expect anything like Mostly Autumn.

A bit more "traditional" is the second track. "The Shore That Fears The Sea" is a stupendous folk song with a medieval flavor. I can imagine it sang by Angelo Branduardi as it's more or less the kind of music (and vocals) that you can find on his first albums: some slow finger picking, little piano and harp background and some electric guitar in the instrumental part in the middle of the song with also some wooden flute. Great!

The second long track "Hazelhurst" is of the kind of Black Matthew, but something more happens. If psychedelic folk exists this can be an example. While on the first track there's a basic melody played by the harp, initially here is the harp in background while the other sounds appear disconnected, but after a couple of minutes we are back in line with the first track. More dreamy than sad it is made of little changes so that the listener is not consciously aware of how it's developing. If it wasn't for the harp I would have added this band to progressive electronic. Noting celtic, anyway, especially when, around minute 11, there's some which sounds electronic, but may be the glass harmonica sampled by Michael Tanner.

There's still time for a coda consisting in the second part of "Black Matthew". This time there are vocals, high pitched with some falsetto. Less than for minutes with David Colohan who on this song sounds like the Thinguma-Jigsaw banjoist-singer Seth Buncombe. A quite challenging track.

Three 3-stars pieces, 2 of which long and a 5 minutes 5 stars song. I'm rating it 3, but this band is a really worth trying.

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 I Am Providence by UNITED BIBLE STUDIES album cover Studio Album, 2012
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I Am Providence
United Bible Studies Prog Folk

Review by octopus-4
Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl Team

— First review of this album —
4 stars For a H.P. Lovecraft (the writer more than the band) fan, this album has a very particular meaning.

The band spent a night jamming by the grave of H.P. Lovecraft in Providence, Rhode Island, and this is obviuosly reflected in the music.

The album is opened by a choir containing some little dissonances. The kind of dark rituals often suggested by the novelist. If the choir doesn't sing "Cthulhu Ft'agn" it's only because it could have been too "easy", but it's horrorific enough. I wonder if a footage has been taken. Imagine a dark cemetery and a bunch of people singing this choir...I hope they have informed the neighbours before making it. In the last minute of this "I Am Providence Part I" some instruments add their effort to the choir, and the result is even more weird and horrorific than the choir alone.

Strings and female mute vocals start "Chtonic Spiral". It's not the music of Eric Zann (I know there's an experimental British musician with this name but I mean the Lovecraft's character). It's not because it's not so parossistic as described in the novel. It has a celtic flavor instead. It gives the idea of dancing driads, something that's still in line with the Lovecraft's mythology. When young, the writer was highly fascinated by the celtic legends as well as by the One Thousand and One Nights. Regardless the sensations that it can make emerge, this is an excellent track. For a while I have heard a relationship with the Japanese Ensemble Geinoh Yamashirogumi. I think who likes that band can love this album as well.

Things become more "normal" with the banjo and vocals of "Tributary Of The Styx Under Providence", which is a celtic slow ballad with a bit of psych added. Really a lovely song, quite an elegy. Less than 3 minutes for a two chords song which I think will remain impressed in my memory.

"Swan Point Petrichor" is another slow ballad. Havign vocals but no lyrics makes it a bit darker than the previous, but the feeling perceived is more sadness than other. I didn't know the meaning of the word "Petrichor", which now I know is the "scent of rain". Swan Point is the name of the cemetery. With this information in mind we can fully appreciate this sad and crepuscular song.

The weird choir which started the album is back with "Grave Trudge". There's a bit of electronic noise behind , like ghosts have started waving around the singers. The melody is dark and sad and proceeds very similarily with "I Am Providence Part 2". This reprise is more weird than the previous, more in line with what one can expect from the Providence's night owl. Even if this band is in the prog folk subgenre, this album has a RIO flavor. Who likes Art Zoyd and Shub-Niggurath will probably love this album as well.

For me it's a 4 stars album, and it has been done in one night!

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