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Caulbearers


Caulbearers
Synching (Bubbling Spring Remix)
Single Cell Recordings
Release: 5 May 2022

Manchester’s Caulbearers presents ‘Synching (Bubbling Spring Remix)’, a spacious yet vivacious and sanguine offering that is a celebration of the simplicity and wonder of silent meditation practice. The accompanying video was filmed by Ben Taylor with editing, post-production and visual effects by Latent Variables

The original version, released on the band’s ‘More Lie Deep’ EP, is the B-side of Caulbearers’ new funk-rock single ‘Twisted Cord’, an infectious high-frequency funk-rock offering with Stone Roses-eque bass and bittersweet, multi-layered laments. It’s also a vibrant and grounded celebration of this earth and humanity’s interconnectedness. 

Mixed by Seadna Mcphail (Badly Drawn Boy, Jah Wobble, Everything Everything, I Am Kloot, Happy Mondays) and mastered by Jim Spencer (New Order, Johnny Marr, Charlatans, Factory Floor), this follows the slower, more spacious and meditative sound of their 2021 single ‘Burst Through The Borders’ and B-side ‘Solid Supposed’.

Fronted by Damien Mahoney, core members included guitarist Anton Hunter (Beats and Pieces Big Band, Article XI), cellist Stefan Skrimshire and drummer Phil Bennett. Somerset-based ethereal folk artist Ruth Blake also contributes vocals in her ongoing collaboration with the band.

“This song is about how observing our own natural breath and physical sensations in the body can be so effective to access & transform buried emotions. Often we have learnt to ignore our true feelings from a young age and rely on external coping mechanisms to numb pain or to ‘get out if it’, so we can feel disassociated from our bodies at times of stress and anxiety. As the psychiatrist Bessel van der Kolk says, ’The Body Keeps The Score!’” says Damien Mahoney.

“The song asks ‘what’s gonna be your dummy next?’ In my experience, we often subtly try to swap one ‘dummy’ or addiction for another, rather than staying present to really feel what is happening in our bodies.  if we can ‘turn the noise down’ enough to listen, they are an incredible source of wisdom for us.”
 
The song ‘Twisted Cord’ is about how intense events in our lives can act like initiations by shaking up, radically changing and enriching our perspectives and features several acclaimed Manchester musicians, including pianist John Ellis (The Cinematic Orchestra, Stone Roses’ John Squire, Corinne Bailey Rae, Tom Jones, Lily Allen) renowned violinist Olivia Moore (Jason Singh, Stuart McCallum, Suns of Arqa) and bassist Alex Berry (The Earlies, King Creosote, Daniel Johnston, Thea Gilmore, Micah P Hinson).

The single’s cover showcases original artwork by Ben Taylor, a painter and sculptor who combines natural materials and up-cycled gems to create incredible, large-scale pieces of work. These reflect Ben’s reverence for nature, plants & magic, depicting some of the profound experiences of ancient spiritual traditions he has been initiated into.

The ‘Twisted Cord’ single is out now, available across digital platforms, including Apple Music and Spotify. It can also be ordered directly from the artist via Bandcamp.

CREDITS
Written, recorded, produced & edited by Damien Mahoney at Padded Cell Studio (except piano & keys recorded by John Ellis at Limefield Studio)
Mixed by Seadna Mcphail at Airtight Studios
Mastered by Jim Spencer at Eve Mastering
Cover artwork by Ben Taylor
Video directed by Ben Taylor, Damien Mahoney & Latent Variables.
Filmed by Ben Taylor.
Video editing, post-production and visual effects by Latent Variables

Caulbearers – Synching (Bubbling Spring remix)

Caulbearers – Twisted Cord

Caulbearers – Solid Supposed Featuring Ruth Blake

Caulbearers – Burst Through The Borders

Caulbearers – Over Comes A Cloud

Caulbearerslinks:
Band/Artist location – Manchester UK
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Ruth Blake links:
Band/Artist location –
Website – Facebook – You Tube – Soundcloud – Bandcamp – Merch – 
Twitter – Instagram – Apple – Spotify – Amazon – Deezer


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