Monday, October 14, 2019
Severely Blessed Goes to the Dark Side of Final Reflections, the Third Album in the Painted Caravan Trilogy
On this Track, The Peter Ulrich Collaboration Tells the Tale of a Man Who Unhappily Rises From the Dead—a Reluctant Lazarus Figure.
Dark threads have run through all three albums of The Painted Caravan Trilogy from The Peter Ulrich Collaboration, featuring dark folk, world music, gothic and post-rock influences; but never darker than 'Severely Blessed' from "Final Reflections", the third and final album in the Trilogy. As one reviewer puts it… “darkness returns, as beautifully raspy and expressive vocals (Shane Chapman) guide you through the…brilliantly passionate Severely Blessed….Severely Blessed is a fascinating song, with a few subtle yet flawlessly placed elements of artistry and movement; a definite early highlight.”
The Peter Ulrich Collaboration is a collaboration helmed by Peter Ulrich, former percussionist for the iconic Dead Can Dance, the brilliantly innovative band that music historian Ian McFarlane described as world music that "constructed soundscapes of mesmerizing grandeur and solemn beauty... with African polyrhythms, Gaelic folk, Gregorian chants, Middle-Eastern mantras and art-rock". Ulrich met Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard, the founders and cornerstones of Dead Can Dance, in London in 1982 and joined the band on drums and percussion. After leaving DCD and after releasing a string of critically acclaimed releases as a solo artist, Peter's next big step was The Peter Ulrich Collaboration.
The Collaboration mixes folk rock, world rock, art rock and psychedelic music with a world view that encompasses alternative history, fictional universes, Steampunk, and Goth, and recalls the exquisitely crafted soundscapes of Dead Can Dance. The group features songwriting by Ulrich, Lloyd, and New York songwriters Anne Husick, Sara Wendt and Kathy Sheppard among others with vocals by David Steele, Wendt, Ulrich, Jen Elliott, Shane Chapman, Stephanie Linn, Timothy Dark and other bright American and English talents. The vocalists are backed by a crackerjack band playing rock, post-rock, world and folk influenced music. After the release of two albums, thrilled New York Collaboration fans were were treated to a live performance by the band at Manhattan's famous Webster Hall in 2015.
The Peter Ulrich Collaboration’s “Final Reflections”, the final chapter in the well received The Painted Caravan Trilogy, will be available for streaming and purchase on all the major services starting December 3rd, 2019.