Mellow Candle's "Swaddling Songs": C or D?

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Okay, I'm rolling up the sleeves now. Anybody on here ever heard this one? Cult folk-rock album from Irish band in the early 70s.

I've owned it for years and thought it merely good, but now I realize it is actually fantastic.

Joe (Joe), Wednesday, 18 December 2002 02:25 (seventeen years ago) link

two words:

endless boogie

gygax!, Wednesday, 18 December 2002 02:28 (seventeen years ago) link

it hovers between classic and dud, suspended in eternal dluassicludness.

your null fame (yournullfame), Wednesday, 18 December 2002 06:52 (seventeen years ago) link

The dudness is really classicness masquerading as dudness. Okay, maybe not, but damn "Boulders on My Grave" is wild.

Joe (Joe), Thursday, 19 December 2002 04:59 (seventeen years ago) link

it's good but not that great, from what i recall the vocals are at times a bit painful. Fairport w/ sandy denny is better, so were the Trees.

g (graysonlane), Thursday, 19 December 2002 22:32 (seventeen years ago) link

four years pass...

i would also like an answer to this question - i keep reading the vocals are great......anyone?

gershy, Saturday, 26 May 2007 21:02 (thirteen years ago) link

like a lot of great albums, you have to be in the right mood to really feel the benefit. when you are, this is arguably the smoothest of the prog-folk rock albums.

oo, Sunday, 27 May 2007 05:38 (thirteen years ago) link

So very classic.

Clodagh is a force of nature (just check the Fovea Hex EPs, she is *still* classic)

Drew Daniel, Sunday, 27 May 2007 06:30 (thirteen years ago) link

i still think i like the virgin prophet more but SS has come up a few notches for me over the past couple of years.

GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ, Sunday, 27 May 2007 08:13 (thirteen years ago) link

this one gets a dud from me... i can't remember why, but i had a pretty intense negative reaction to it.

resolved, Sunday, 27 May 2007 13:35 (thirteen years ago) link

Mellow Candle's interesting but not my favorite Clodagh

her vocals at the end of Mike Oldfield's Hergest Ridge & Incantations are about 70% of what make those records such a part of my life -- the very end of Hergest in particular is like getting to watch yourself drown (in a good way)

and the Fovea Hex eps are beautiful, production & treatments by Hafler Trio & Eno + more, but all at the service of the songs, it's absurd they're being released as expensive limited edition eps but it's the kind of thing where they want to make sure that only the people who really care are getting to them

Milton Parker, Sunday, 27 May 2007 21:52 (thirteen years ago) link

Thanks for the Oldfield recs, Milton. The Fovea Hex stuff is quite special. I hope at some point those EPs are compiled to make longer discs. I think I could do without the Andrew MaKenzie remixes. Part of what I liked about them was that the sound is tightly coiled and very effervescent all at once.

oo, Monday, 28 May 2007 00:07 (thirteen years ago) link

the third ep isn't out yet -- I've got the first two already burned to one disc, I couldn't wait, they already sound more like one album than two distinct eps. I like the McKenzie drone burner remix, just not as often as the songs.

Drew refrained from the self-plug but her appearence on the Matmos 'For Alan Turing' ep is also wonderful. Even if you think you've already heard 'Molly Malone' too many times you probably haven't heard the electronic, clipped out space music soma version yet.

Milton Parker, Monday, 28 May 2007 01:04 (thirteen years ago) link

listening to Incantations again now, her voice really is unbelievable. Fovea Hex debuted live as a trio a few weeks ago, I hear they were a very different beast with two younger singers out front and Clodagh in back with the piano, I hope they can play a few more shows.

Milton Parker, Monday, 28 May 2007 01:06 (thirteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Mellow Candle is great.

I wonder what the context of Gygax's comment upthread was.
The cultural climate of ILX, and SF, and NYC at the time.
What jeans he was wearing.


ian, Tuesday, 12 June 2007 16:35 (thirteen years ago) link

seven months pass...

"Dan the Wing" off of The Virgin Prophet is wonderful!

calstars, Sunday, 20 January 2008 20:23 (twelve years ago) link

seven years pass...

this is such a wonderful song

tayto fan (Michael B), Sunday, 19 July 2015 20:02 (five years ago) link

There's talk of a possible new Fovea Hex EP trilogy btw

StanM, Monday, 20 July 2015 10:59 (five years ago) link

FB link doesn't work, here's what it's about:

StanM, Monday, 20 July 2015 11:01 (five years ago) link

three months pass...

By The Glacial Lake

Everybody knows that time can stretch a bit between one Fovea Hex release and the next (and more on that very soon....) but here's a bit of a treat for us all.

Just recently, Peter Chilvers, who is best known for creating the iOS apps Bloom, Trope and Scape with Brian Eno, and who has also toured with Karl Hyde (Underworld), delivered a beautiful remix of By The Glacial Lake, an archival song by Clodagh Simonds, which last appeared on NOT ALONE, the Médecins Sans Frontières compilation curated by Mark Logan and Current 93’s David Tibet in 2006.

We have made both versions of the song available for free download from the Fovea Hex Bandcamp:

Both tracks are also available on Youtube:



StanM, Thursday, 5 November 2015 19:27 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

StanM, Thursday, 17 December 2015 15:46 (four years ago) link

maybe a mod can change the title of the thread to include Fovea Hex

calstars, Thursday, 17 December 2015 16:41 (four years ago) link

We should have started a dedicated thread years ago imo

StanM, Thursday, 17 December 2015 18:42 (four years ago) link

New Fovea Hex trilogy next year!

alb indys, Thursday, 17 December 2015 18:48 (four years ago) link

Ah, already posted, somehow missed that!

alb indys, Thursday, 17 December 2015 18:49 (four years ago) link

two months pass...

EP1 <3 <3 <3

StanM, Friday, 4 March 2016 16:05 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

StanM, Saturday, 30 April 2016 17:04 (four years ago) link

three years pass...

The Salt Garden III

Ladies & Gentlemen:
it's true. it's done. there's a press release here: and there's a sampler here:

— Fovea Hex (@FoveaHex) November 8, 2019

StanM, Saturday, 9 November 2019 02:25 (nine months ago) link

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