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Artist: Chris Watson
Title: In St.Cuthbert's Time
Format: CD
Label: Touch (@)
Rated: *****
The setting of this new release by talented wild-life field recordist and co-founder of historical bands Cabaret Voltaire and The Hafler Trio, Christ Watson, who enjoys an excellent reputation inside the paling of his stylistical field due to his skills in ingraining a somewhat personal imprint on his captures, whose succession sounds like a narration, connects two interrelated documentary purposes: its nosey microphones didn't scan the crawling natural setting of the small Lindisfarne isle (also known as 'The Holy Island" off the coast of Northumberland for the tastes of ornithologists (I finally discovered where the cuckoo, which got sampled for an old national radio time signal, which resurfaced from my old memories, could live!), ichthyologists (even fishes could make some noise!), entomologists, other zoologists, meteorologists and whosoever might got entranced or enchanted by natural soundscapes, but tried to render the sensorial context where monk, hermit and later saint Cuthbert retired, whose relics got supposedly commemorated by the so-called Lindisfarne Gospels, a wonderful manuscript gospel book by Eadfrith, a bishop of the Lindisfarne monastery, which is now held by British Library in London and features many illustrations of wildlife. According to the hagiography of St.Cuthbert, it seems that he became so familiar with local fauna that ducks used to nest on his bed, and this immersive listening experience, which Chris divided into four parts ("Winter", "Lechten" - spring -, "Sumor" - summer - and "Haefest - autumn -), one for each season fo the year, could let you feel a similar mystical symbiosis.



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