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A Silver Thread (Home Recordings 1979 - 1990)

by His Name Is Alive

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Piano Rev 02:03
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Lliadin 02:55
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Rememory 04:43
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Tape Sound 00:36
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Guitar Rev 02:01
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Tape Slow 03:17
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Echo Lake 03:43
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F Choir 02:06
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Lake Night 02:53
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Piano V 02:11
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To Remember 02:45
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Guitar Echo 03:05
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Chords 00:36
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Descending 01:47
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Whitesnake 01:23
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Gone 01:53
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Princess 02:16
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Either 02:05
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Coldless 03:30
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Liadin 02:55
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Disappear 01:56
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Never 01:37
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Pass 01:32
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Nearby 02:59
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Salendro 03:07
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Porter 02:30
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Still 02:21
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Halo 03:40
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Insiders 03:15
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Dream Piano 02:29
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Sleep 6teen 01:56
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6teen Cheers 02:01
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Angel Waves 03:23
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about

4 disc, 60 track anthology compiling early work by Warren Defever aka His Name Is Alive, prior to signing to 4AD. This set compiles 3 volumes previously released on vinyl, alongside a bonus disc and 36 page booklet.

For the past couple of years the Disciples label has been exploring the His Name Is Alive tape archives, charting the development of their sound over 3 roughly chronological volumes - All The Mirrors In The House, Return To Never and Hope Is A Candle (the latter LP being released alongside this boxset). The full vinyl trilogy is anthologised here, alongside a bonus disc which collects together the best tracks from a series of cassette companion volumes that Defever compiled to go alongside each LP - 6Teen OK, Return Versions and Ghost Tape EXP.

Whilst ‘official’ His Name Is Alive albums are much-loved by fans of the 4AD label in it’s crepuscular Cocteau Twins/This Mortal Coil period, these tentative tracks reveal a different kind of sound, notably losing the layer of prominent female lead vocals to reveal the shadowy instrumental moves going on underneath, with some tracks recorded when Defever was as young as 10.

With help transferring ageing cassettes and annotating the results from Shelley Salant of Tyvek, the unearthed results are revelatory - a gorgeous sequence of gently decaying tone float made with an incredibly primitive DIY set-up. Comes with a 36 page booklet containing essays on each of the vinyl LPs by Mike McGonigal (author of books on My Bloody Valentine, Galaxie 500 and noted for his publications Chemical Imbalance, Yeti and Maggot Brain), alongside beautiful photos from the Defever family album.

Also available: DISC9 His Name Is Alive - Hope Is A Candle (limited edition clear vinyl LP) hisnameisalive.bandcamp.com/album/hope-is-a-candle

credits

released February 12, 2021

Personnel:
Warren Defever: guitar, piano, sampler, echo, phaser
Shelley Salant: tape transfer engineer and archivist
J Rowe: production consultant
Jymn Auge: Guitar on final track of Return To Never

All songs by Warren Defever (Perforate My Heart Music, BMI)
Liner Notes by Mike McGonigal
Photos by my mom and dad, except Hope Is A Candle cover by Angie Carozzo
Thank you John and Matt Defever
Layout by Studio Tape Echo
Commissioned by Disciples

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