Blacksmith's Fire

by Saline Grace

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1.
Autumn Night
2.
The Dream And The Wings
3.
Blacksmith's Fire When a dawn searches Its young morning light And healthy eyes escape From being blind When oceans scream for a water drop’s beat And an organism blazes by a frozen flame’s heat When all horizons burn, struggling for breath And stubborn lungs brave stagnation and death I will see my countenance Tightly closed countenance This vigorous language of silence When a tree searches Essential roots and soil And weak hearts make Substantial blood boil When oceans scream for a water drop’s beat And an organism blazes by a frozen flame’s heat When all horizons burn, struggling for breath And stubborn lungs brave stagnation and death I will see my countenance Tightly closed countenance This vigorous language of silence Suddenly your hands ruffle through my hair We look into each other’s eyes and share Strength like smithery from blacksmith’s fire Far from all appraisement within our human mire We know farewell We know farewell That terrible meal of our conscious mind We know farewell We know farewell Someday forever
4.
Where Our Path Is Going
5.
Sapphire Blue
6.
The Silvery Cross
7.
The Cyclone Of Our Seasons
8.
Down By The Banks Of Oder River
9.
Little Heart
10.
Driftwood

about

Four years after their brilliant album ‘Fog Mountain’, Saline Grace are back with their third and latest Album ‘Blacksmith’s Fire’ and an official video to their song ‘The Dream And The Wings’. Unfortunately, for family reasons co-founder and long-time bass player Ines Hoffmann could apply herself to the album and her instrument severely
limited.
If ‘Fog Mountain’ was strongly dominated by mystically threatening Americana- and Psychedelic sounds, Saline Grace present sophisticated and diverse arrangements without equal on ‘Blacksmith’s Fire’ releasing a tensionfilled album as if made from one piece.
As on their last albums, Saline Grace place value on their familiar, almost exclusively acoustic instruments, which in their interaction, strictly renounce modern styles of music creating a sound that seems to come from between the 1950s and the 1980s.
The extraordinarily filigree, not uncommonly classical guitar techniques and fingerstyle parts, the voluminous mandolin-like ornaments and Ennio Moriccone-like twang sounds are recognisably Ricardo Hoffmann’s, who knows to create pictorial synaesthesias raising nightly panoramas from imaginatively enraptured roadmovies or the imagery of wild and near-natural sceneries.
Subtly woven into a fragile sound stage, mainly consisting of piano, organ, concertina, banjo, classical string arrangements as well as its deeply resonating bass and those jazzy drums, the listener is inevitably getting entangled in a sound experience that is drawing marvellously attention to singer, songwriter and multiinstrumentalist Ricardo Hoffmann’s emotional baritone, who is capable of mastering a falsetto, too.
Hoffmann’s poetry struggles with the great issues of anthropological philosophy, where his protagonists act full of symbolism in front of surreal, near-natural sceneries. He questions the place of man in nature and the progressing estrangement in their artificial environment, their culture as well and quarrels with the all-embracing timeline in our human existence scrutinizing mankind’s forward- or backward-looking behaviour.
The new album shows Saline Grace powerful and on their highest level, performing with virtuosity, vigorous dynamics and haunting melancholy at the same time.
Indeed, ‘Blacksmith’s Fire’ impresses with diversity of its arrangements, variety of vocals and its uniquely captured atmosphere, captivating the listener not only by wonderful melodies, but also by Ricardo Hoffmann’s distinctive voice, who conveys deep melancholy coupled with hidden rage, solitude and, in very few instances, hope as well.

For fans of And Also The Trees, Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, The Doors, Calexico and Tindersticks


DISCOGRAPHY

SALINE GRACE - BORDER TOWN SHADES (CD 2007/DWRCD03)
SALINE GRACE - FOG MOUNTAIN (CD 2013/DWRCD04)
SALINE GRACE – BLACKSMITH’S FIRE (CD 2017/DWRCD05)

APPEARANCES

DARK SPY COMPILATION VOL. 17 (CD 2008/Dark Spy Magazine – Issue No. 23)
MICK MERCER - MUSIC TO DIE FOR (Cherry Red Books 2009)
DARK ORANGE – HORIZONT (2CD 2012/KAL41)
ORKUS! COMPILATION 87 (CD 2013/Orkus! Magazine – Issue No. 03 – March 2013)

RELATED PROJECTS

NOBILITY OF SALT - THE EVENING PRAYER (Demo 1997)
NOBILITY OF SALT - THROUGH CLOUDS AND THOUGHTFUL YEARS (Demo 1998)
NOBILITY OF SALT - THE TREMULOUS SEA (first album 2000/DWRCD01)
NOBILITY OF SALT - THE SILENT SHIP EP (CDM 2002/DWRCDM01)
NOBILITY OF SALT - THOSE NARROW STREETS (CD 2004/DWRCD02

credits

releases September 4, 2017

Ricardo Hoffmann - Vocal, guitar, piano, bass, organ, concertina, banjo, chimes, Percussion and additional keyboards

Ines Hoffmann - Bass on 'The Dream And The Wings'

Saline Grace guest:
Chinaski - Drums

String Arrangements by Ricardo Hoffmann

Words and music written, arranged and produced by Ricardo Hoffmann

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