Dust And Gold

by Rachel Taylor-Beales

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As an album Dust and Gold is stand alone but also makes up part 3 of a colour themed trilogy of work, (previous releases being my debut, Brilliant Blue and the follow up Red Tree.)....
The Title Dust and Gold is taken from track 11, but in my mind the rootsy overtones of banjo scattered through some of the songs makes for the dusty image while the jazzier sounds of the soprano sax and piano create the shiny gold texture- and this comes together for the very last song with banjo, sax and piano in ‘Waiting for You.

The album has been recorded, mixed and mastered by Dylan Fowler at his studio Felin Fach in Abergavenny here in Wales- it's a beautiful place, an old converted Mill surrounded by trees and a river running alongside. The studio itself was rustic with sloping ceilings (as Bill saw straight away- no straight lines!) Dylan and his wife Gill were exceptionally hospitable and made the whole experience feel more like some creative retreat rather than the time limited pressure of recording that could have been the case! Dylan also took on the role as producer working closely in collaboration with me on arrangements of the songs. We recorded all of my lead vocal with either guitar, banjo or piano parts as ‘live takes' and a number of tracks were jammed and improvised live with percussion/ accordion/ piano adding on additional overdubs later.....

The style and content of the material draws upon folk, roots, blues, americana, jazz, gospel and singer songwriter genres, and is very much a crossover integration of all the above.
Instrumentation includes, acoustic guitars, mandocello, banjo, soprano sax, piano, percussion, cello, accordion, electric guitar, bass, layered vocal harmony, harmonica and more…

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released May 29, 2010

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Rachel Taylor-Beales Cardiff, UK

Singer songwriter Rachel Taylor-Beales blends folk, roots and jazz with a delicate yet soulful voice and keenly observed narratives. Described as “Musically exquisite and enthralling.” by BBC Radio 4

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Track Name: Come On In
One foot on the line, wrap around slowly
One breath at a time, check you’re alive
Cause when everyone’s gone and the credits role over
Silence sits down like a blanket of ice
You see the brick-a-brac men and the silver screen ladies
All cover their ears and smother their eyes
And you’re down on your knees with the ghosts and the saviours
Down on your knees, just one breath at a time

Come on in, come on in
We’ve all played those parts but nothing stays hidden
And the big yellow sun is going to keep on, she just keeps on rising
You say everything’s lost everyone’s changing
But why do you want to stick around just staying the same
Lord look at you now, with al that you’re losing you’re learning
How to begin, how to begin, how to begin
Again

How fragile these fingers how quietly amazing
That a singular breath keeps on filling this space
So now a handle is turned and a door is swung open
With the grace to imagine a far better place
The revolution of fate, the sum of our choices
To turn round again cast that die to the ground
And all we have left is just one more reason
When all we have left is one foot on the line

So come on in she says come on in
We’ve all played those parts but nothing stays hidden
And that big yellow sun is going to keep on
She just keeps on rising
You say everything’s lost everyone’s changing
But why do you want to stick around just staying the same
Lord look at you now, with al that you’re losing you’re learning
How to begin, how to begin, how to begin
Again