Birds of Passage #4 - Highwaymen in Midnight Masks

Back in April I shared a video for a live version of an absolutely stunning live track by Alicia Merz whose recordings under the name Birds of Passage have reduced me to stunned silence numerous times this past year, now I'm pretty happy to mention that the track, "Highwaymen in Midnight Masks" is to be released on wax.

The outstanding Denovali Records will release a limited three track 10" led by the unbelievable eight and a half minute title track on December 17th (pre-orders open 29th Nov here) and to help pass the time until that release you can download the title-track for free (click on the soundcloud link below).

You should all do that now, the track is simply beautiful, a slowly revealed dark-pop fairytale where Alicia's softly spoken, fragile vocals gracefully guide you through sparse instrumentation, minimalist-drone washes and echo-laden glacial chills that create an intoxicating, dreamlike state that is incredibly evocative and comforting.

If that wasn't enough, there is also the news that Alicia has an another album due later this year, following from March's re-issue of her debut 'Without The World' and October's 'Dear and Familiar' (which completely escaped my attention until I was writing this and has quickly been added to my to listen to list), 'Winter Lady' is also released by Denovali on December 17th, I'll no doubt bring more on that when I hear it! If you haven't got 'Without The World' you can order it in their store now. Three albums in one year, I'd call that prolific!

Late November / December is the perfect time for it's release, Birds of Passage music for me is an incredibly private one, you're not going to use Alicia's music to soundtrack your party but if you're feeling melancholic, weary or tired then grab a blanket, a nice drink and let this incredible artist lull your worries away:

Highwaymen in Midnight Masks by birds of passage

Here's that live track again, prepare for goosebumps:


birds of passage - highwaymen in midnight masks from Sebastien Dehesdin on Vimeo.