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Hope Is A Candle [Home Recordings 1985 - 1990 Volume 3]

by His Name Is Alive

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    [BACK IN PRINT] All copies pressed on clear vinyl, each side plays continuously with no banding between tracks. Colour reverse board outer + printed inner sleeve with full liner notes. Includes download card for the digital edition of the album which is 13 separate tracks

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Princess 02:16
Either 02:05
Coldless 03:30
Liadin 02:55 video
Disappear 01:56
Never 01:37
Pass 01:32
Nearby 02:59
Salendro 03:07
Porter 02:30
Still 02:21
Halo 03:40
Insiders 03:15


The third and final volume in a trilogy exploring the teenage tape experimentation of Warren Defever aka His Name Is Alive. The beautiful ambient sketches and backwards loops of the first two volumes are still in evidence, but this collection sees the artist moving slowly towards more recognisable song forms.

Much of the material contained here was duplicated on the infamous demo tape that caught the ear of Ivo Watts-Russell and led to elements being re-worked into Livonia, the first His Name Is Alive album on 4AD. Having circulated in poor quality form as a bootleg for many years, it’s a revelation to hear this music transferred from the original reels and mastered by Defever himself (who is one of the head engineers at Third Man’s mastering studio in Detroit). Some of the sounds here touch on the kind of dreampop which 4AD was known for at the time - the gauzy textures of the Cocteau Twins or This Mortal Coil, and predicts the saturated textures of the incoming shoegaze sound. But there’s also echoes of older, more esoteric sources: early minimalist works, 80s industrial records, even the blues and folk sounds documented by Folkways. The young Defever trying to interpret formative influences using a primitive home recording set-up and stumbling upon their own unique sound as a result of this tentative experimentation. As the artist recounts in the liner notes: “I wanted to do my own Music For 18 Musicians. But I didn't know 18 musicians; I barely had two friends, and even they couldn't stand me.”

Released alongside a 4CD anthology set that rounds up all the music in the His Name Is Alive home recordings series alongside additional material:


released February 12, 2021

Warren Defever: guitar, piano, sampler, echo, phaser
Shelley Salant: tape transfer engineer and archivist

All songs by Warren Defever (Perforate My Heart Music, BMI)
Lacquer cut by Beau Thomas at Ten Eight Seven Mastering
Liner Notes by Mike McGonigal and Warren Defever
Layout by Studio Tape Echo
Cover photo by Angie Carozzo
Thank you John and Matt Defever
Commissioned by Disciples


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His Name Is Alive Detroit, Michigan

Every Thin Lizzy Guitar Solo 1971 -1983

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