NEW ADDITION - HELP US GET TO £1,500 TO ADD A DVD!
If our pledgers are good enough to allow us to reach a further £500 beyond our goal, we will add an additional DVD disc to the package. Containing promo videos, behind the scenes footage, documentaries and insights into the process, production and inspirations behind the album, this should be quite an eye opener!
Here's our video to put you further in the picture:
WHO WE ARE
TALANAS are a British progressive quartet based in London with three releases to their name since 2010, all of which have been distributed worldwide via their own record label, Eulogy Media.
Dubbed “The Gentlemen of Death Metal” by Classic Rock Presents Prog Magazine, TALANAS have become known for providing a distinguished slant on occasionally unlikely musical ingredients. In particular, in 2011 The Guardian newspaper declared that TALANAS had been "overlooked" for a Mercury Music Prize in relation to their first full length album, 'the waspkeeper'.
A full biography, in PDF form, can be found via this Dropbox link.
ASYLUM - AN ACOUSTIC MINI-ALBUM
With this fourth, new release the group now open a window onto their sound when their amps are turned off. Still utilising their full dynamic range of seven string electric (and acoustic) guitars & basses together with drummer Joe Butterworth’s custom, four kick drumkit, the band also worked with hammered dulcimer expert Tim Manning (on ‘my lady white’) and fellow Eulogy Media artist Beth Ryan (on ‘the apostle’).
Recorded at London’s Berry Street Studio, the self produced mini-album’s five songs concentrate on Britain’s rich history of supernatural and occult-based tales of murderous hauntings, possession, witchcraft & insanity. Calling on influences such as Fields of the Nephilim, David Sylvian & Einstürzende Neubauten, it also marks the group’s concerted effort to explore different approaches to songwriting, as frontman Hal Sinden explains:
“Though rooted in extreme metal, TALANAS has always been about creating specific atmospheres regardless of the genre of the result. In this instance, we wanted to make sure we could still invoke the same esotericism without having to rely on volume and distortion, especially since James sodding Blunt has come back out of retirement, whilst getting a chance to work with some truly great guest musicians.”
The mini-album became available digitally from February 22nd 2014 (available for trial & purchase via Bandcamp, here) through Eulogy Media (Rannoch, Dām, interlock), and will shortly be accompanied by a blood-soaked promo video for lead track ‘sister damnable’, a preview for which can be seen here:
Despite 'asylum' now being available through all good digital outlets (Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon etc.), there appears to be a strong demand for a physical version. The reign of the jewel case is over, so now the only reason to 'go to press' with a hard copy would be if it's really something worth keeping...
After some research and good, old fashioned bartering between various duplication outlets, the band have found an opportunity to commission a run of digibooks that will feature the album in full in a CD format. Each would have no less than 20 pages in its inner booklet (containing lyrics, credits, thanks lists and additional information about the album's creation & themes) and the outside binding will be made from high quality, 1200gsm colour card.
The design itself has been created by the band to stand as a collector's item as well an introductory piece for those less accustomed to their usual level of extremity. Alongside the printing costs, it requires a relatively small amount of further financial help to complete final aspects such as photography and additional imagery work.
With a goal of £1,000 for this project to come to fruition, TALANAS are confident that this could be easily reached. Should the goal be exceeded, there are also a series of plans (depending on by how far!) to incorporate as extras to the package.
Risks and challenges
Thankfully, given the nature of the project, there are few obstacles that we anticipate coming up against. However, they still exist and include:
- we're provided with a pretty solid guarantee for a swift turnaround on this run of digibooks (a few weeks at worst), however there is a contingency of other plants that can be considered
- computers blow up, it's a thing. Thankfully, friends can also help with this sort of calamity.
- there are specific images planned for additional artwork. Luckily though, being rather nice chaps, talanas have a few good looking friends that can step in at the last minute where cancellations have occurred.
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Yes; there's really never a bad time for a tie. If people look at you strangely, try offering them a firm and memorable handshake.
There's nothing actually *wrong* with black & white film as a format, in fact at time it can provide a very particular textural quality that simply doesn't appear in colour. Typically, it's people's expectations that mean that the format is linked with 'old' or 'boring' films, which is rather sad.
When 'Psycho' was released, apparently audiences had been quoted aftewards with saying how gory & realistic the colour of the blood was in the now infamous shower scene. If nothing else, that's a fine mark of good film-making, and Hitchcock's decision to avoid using colour when it had been available already for decades is bold and admirable.
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