Cosmic Twig

by Fairway

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about

Viennese band FAIRWAY's newest album "Cosmic Twig" sets classical and contemporary English and American poetry to original compositions and arrangements.

The idea to add music to English poetry of the past centuries is not a new one. Donovan and Angelo Branduardi, for example, laid the groundwork for this concept in the '60s and '70s.

Proof that this approach is still relevant in modern music can be found in Carla Bruni's 2010 Album "No Promises" and the Waterboys' 2011 release "An Appointment With Mr. Yeats".

What these examples have in common is a folky musical realization; these artists paired century old poetry with paralleled traditional musical arrangements.

FAIRWAY takes a different approach.

Influenced by modern psychedelic rock, such as the British Canterbury scene and Scotch-Irish folk-influenced arrangements, FAIRWAY brings the lyrics to life without drifting into purist or sweet folk music.

While FAIRWAY is rooted in a classic rock set up, it extends beyond the traditional by including violin and the occasional accordion, flute, recorder and keyboard. Rock instrumentation with polyphonic singing results in a unique style with high recognition value.

The four FAIRWAY musicians call it "Urban Folk".

FAIRWAY’s “Cosmic Twig” presents the works of classic English and American poets William Blake, Joseph Bruchac, Charles Bukowski, Abraham Cowley, William Empson and Robert Frost, with a timeless presence.

This concept gives the band the flexibility to add contemporary poetry to the classical without causing a musical break in style.

This new album "Cosmic Twig" is the proof.

credits

released September 1, 2016

FAIRWAY musicians

Walter Glößl: e-bass, congas, accordion, recorder
Walter Kuhn: drums, percussion, keyboards, samples
Walter Schleger: e-git, ac-git, vocals
Karl Stepan: violin, ac-git, vocals, harp, double bass

Guests musicians

Susanne Grof-Korbel: additional vocals on all tracks excpet 2 & 8
Georg „Surely“ Swatschina: e-git solos on tracks 2 & 8
Maria Alejandra Baetti: flute on track 3

Engineer & mastering

Jupp Prenn

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Fairway Vienna, Austria

FAIRWAY is an Austrian/Viennese Band, founded in 1980. FAIRWAY plays Urban Folk-Rock.

"Cosmic Twig" Album Release Party: 20 Oct 2016, Replugged/Vienna

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Track Name: As Heavy As Lead
As Heavy As Lead

Music: Walter Schleger
Lyrics: Walter Kuhn

Letters in pencil as heavy as lead
As young as old as living as dead

Each with bated breath came from the brain
As young as old as living as dead
Awaken to a slumber whose depth they dread
In silence and sweet, sweet pain

Letters in pencil as heavy as lead
As young as old as living as dead

The face of the Sphinx and the unmade bed
On the windows after rain
I want the super heroes to play dead
This will never come again

Letters in pencil as heavy as lead
As young as old as living as dead

I have a vision . . locked inside my head
Tomorrow’s tomorrow is birth again
We are still gliding deep into the red
Through the grief, through the pain

Letters in pencil as | heavy as lead
As young as old | as living as dead
Track Name: Mad Song
Mad Song

Music: Karl Stepan
Lyrics: William Blake (1757-1827)

The wild winds weep,
And the night is a-cold;
Come hither, Sleep,
And my griefs unfold;
But lo! the morning peeps
Over the eastern steeps,
And the rustling birds of dawn
The earth do scorn.

Lo! to the vault
of paved heaven,
With sorrow fraught
my notes are driven;
They strike the ear of night,
make weep the eyes of day;
They make mad the roaring winds.
And with tempests play.

In every cry of every man,
In every infant’s cry of fear,
In every voice, in every ban,
the mind-forg’d manacles I hear.

Like a fiend in a cloud,
with | howling woe,
after night I do croud,
and with | night will go;
I turn my back to the east,
from whence comforts have increas'd;
For light doth seize my brain
With frantic pain.

In every cry of every man,
In every infant’s cry of fear,
In every voice, in every ban,
the mind-forg’d manacles I hear.

Like a fiend in a cloud,
with | howling woe,
after night I do croud,
and with | night will go;
I turn my back to the east,
from whence comforts have increas'd;
For light doth seize my brain
With frantic pain.

In every cry of every man,
In every infant’s cry of fear,
In every voice, in every ban,
the mind-forg’d manacles I hear.

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