Frailty of Dreams

by The Eclipse Trio

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Once in a while a new album is released and a new genre is created to define it. And so it is with The Eclipse Trio’s “The Frailty of Dreams.”
Is this Jazz? Maybe. One moment Martin Bilney’s Oscar Peterson-esque piano tumbles wildly and brilliantly through the air with blinding dexterity, and the next moment he tugs the heartstrings with the subtlest simplicity of touch. This is a rare and wonderful talent.
Is it Folk? Maybe. Fiona Paige’s delicious vocals combine her big band sound with the fragility of Joni Mitchell and melt us with the sadness of unrequited love. This is sad stuff, an autumn of love’s hopes, where dreams are frail indeed.
Is it Rock? Hardly. But Will’s fretless bass weaves myriad bass lines in a sometimes restless dance with the piano, at other times with crafted precision. This is texture. This is care. This is colour.
And all the while there’s Russ’s finger-picked guitar weaving in and out the album, reminding you this might, once upon a time, have started off as folk.
The songs? The lyrics have maturity and depth. If you’ve spent you’re life running, it’s time to come down from the mountain…. If you’ve spent your life pretending, it’s time to get out on the road... And take the melodies with you. These songs speak to you.

So, define this album if you can - one thing’s for sure - this is music where you have to lie back, close your eyes, and let yourself be washed away with the melodies, discover who you are in the lyrics, smile at the inventive subtleties, and above all, listen. Just listen. Because that’s what Lounge Folk is, the feeling you’ve just discovered a secret, hidden path, strewn with familiar riches. It’s a path rarely taken, and you know you’ll be back again for more….


released November 1, 2013

Martin Bilney - Piano
Will Cruttenden - Fretless Bass Guitar and Vocal
Russell Kilmister - Acoustic Guitars and Vocals

Fiona Paige - Vocals
Pete Condon - Trumpet

Alex Bilney - Mixing and Post Production
Lee Fletcher (for Unsung Productions) - Mastering Engineer
Ian Lansley - Artwork

All songs by Martin Bilney, Will Cruttenden and Russ Kilmister (c) 2013
Words by Russ Kilmister

Recorded at the Eclipse Studio, Oxford 12th - 15th April 2013

Special thanks to Blanka Fowkes for scoring the music

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After a brief stint as a six-piece band and the recording of Brief is the Light (available here) we stripped things back to guitar, keys and bass. The trio is now a challenging, creative, mobile unit and we've found it provides a great platform for guest singers and musicians. ... more

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Track Name: Across the USA
You always said your life’s ambition was to walk across the USA.
I always said, “You’ll never make it alone.”
You always said, “I doubt if you ever really cared about anything.”
You wanted to collect memories.
I wanted to ride alone.
You always said, “I ain’t gonna stick around, waste my life and fade away.”
You couldn’t wait to get back out on the road.
I went for the ride. It wasn’t for the money.
I was living out a fantasy.
I couldn’t have chosen better.
You couldn’t have chosen worse.

You were looking for someone (filthy) rich
Out on the road.
I was going somewhere.
One of us had to go.

California Honey, gold and all that money really says it all –
That you belong,
But we had it all a long time ago.
A million dollar ring, honey, isn’t worth a thing.
I’m happy living up here alone.
I couldn’t have chosen better.
You couldn’t have chosen worse.
Track Name: Stormchaser
There’s a storm in the mountains.
You’ve been walking the hills alone.
I know you’re taking the long way home.
You’ve been out chasing rainbows,
Fighting the fears that control you.
I’ve been waiting for you to call.

Stormchaser, when it suits your mood,
When are you coming home?
Stormchaser, when it suits your mood,
Won’t you come on down.

You been walking the fire line,
Where the pyred brown has turned to black -
Weighs you down in your heart, like stone.
Safe, you hide in the half-light,
The shadows, the forest, the fire.
You are perfect alone
And you don’t care.

You’ve been out in the mountains
And I don’t know if I can wait
When your heart is so far from home.
You don’t have to hold out now,
You don’t have to fear new horizons.
Come on out of the night,
Come on home.