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CD The Circle and the Blue Door #18772

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Release Date: April 30, 2013

01. Wake Up Sleepy Head
02. The Contract
03. Spiderwood Farm
04. Sailor's Wife's Lament
05. Leaning on a Bear
06. Tempest and the Tide
07. Mavericks and Mystics
08. Well Spoiled Machine
09. Sapphire Ward
10. Rocking Horse
11. Tragic Catastrophe

There is a magic place where folky warmth meets lurid technicolour horror, where progressive rock complexity and all out skull-crushing doom combines with classic songwriting to flesh out a sinister but romantic vision of twisted dreams and lurking threats hidden just out of view. That place dwells in the debut album by Purson.

The Circle And The Blue Door finds the missing link between Pentangle and Pentagram, by way of David Bowie's dream reality and The Beatles' feel for the perfect melody. And while it owes a debt to front woman Rosie Cunningham's clear love of the late 60s and the early 70s, it is her poetic, evocative lyricism, tight song craft, sonorous vocal style and dedication to deep musicality that takes this wonderful album far beyond the waters of pastiche. Only an original mind could come up with a line like "ex dwellers of Spiderwood Farm, though they live here, they mean you no harm" — and set it against a mellotron solo.

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