album of ethereal dream pop/ambient folk fusion
with an eclectic array of instruments, indigenous/acoustic to
classical and electronic, featuring Louisa's vocals & mandolin.
a veritable joy for the unconditional dreamers that we are"
(Elegy Magazine, France)
"giddily beautiful... innovative... whimsical... sumptuous...
untamed and lovely... mandolin-mad...
conjures an incorporeal and timeless atmosphere"
"Ariel enchants and truly is a masterpiece of the genre"
"bathing our celestial bodies in a pastoral atmosphere
...filled with mysterious, mesmerizing powers"
(D-Side Magazine, France)
Guest musicians include Caerwyn Martin on cello, Samantha Watkins on
and Soundwood Strings quartet with violinist George Vi courtesy of the
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. The project spans four Australian studios,
with kind permission by Brett Taylor, Lindsay Buckland, Harry Williamson
Sean Bowley (founder of the dark-ambient Projekt band, Eden).
Themes include the lure of a will o' the wisp and an ancient seafather
with pearls for eyes. Some of the song-titles are 'Red Balloon' and
'The Garden of Live Flowers', inspired by Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland.
There is also tribute to Nick Drake, in 'Salamander' -
the elemental who lives in fire. "And your cards are all blowing
away in a
Marmalade Parade" - lyric by Louisa, from the song 'Alice in the
of Live Flowers'. Marmalade - a pun on the musical term 'jam' -
irreverently upturns the 'gravy train', the industry loop in which
everyone but the artist cashes in on the produce.
The Queen was in the parlour, eating bread and honey...
so goes the old nursery rhyme, but Alice wasn't intimidated by royalty:
"You are only a pack of cards!" In her garden, flowers speak,
petals scatter, birds steal souls. Out in the ocean, under coral reefs,
an ancient seagod roars. The world is alive and awake.
to an MP3 sample from the track 'Blackbird'