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Caulbearers ~ Twisted Cord

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Caulbearers ~ Twisted Cord

Manchester-based Caulbearers have announced their next release - the upbeat funk-rock single 'Twisted Cord', along with B-side 'Synching (Bubbling Spring Remix)'. This offering sees Caulbearers back with their signature dark funk grooves and bittersweet, multi-layered laments.

Mixed by Seadna Mcphail (Badly Drawn Boy, Jah Wobble, Everything Everything, I Am Kloot, Happy Mondays) and mastered by Jim Spencer (New Order, Johnny Marr, Charlatans, Factory Floor), this follows the slower, more spacious and meditative sound of their 2021 single 'Burst Through The Borders' with B-side 'Solid Supposed'.

With pulsating guitar hooks and distorted drum breaks, the song explores different tonalities usually associated with Flamenco, Arabic music and Indian ragas, enhanced by renowned violinist Olivia Moore (Jason Singh, Stuart McCallum, Suns of Arqa), whose own work fuses jazz with Indian classical music. This track also features such acclaimed Manchester musicians as pianist John Ellis (The Cinematic Orchestra, Stone Roses' John Squire, Corinne Bailey Rae, Tom Jones, Lily Allen) and bassist Alex Berry (The Earlies, King Creosote, Daniel Johnston, Thea Gilmore, Micah P Hinson).

Fronted by Damien Mahoney, core members included guitarist Anton Hunter (Beats and Pieces Big Band, Article XI), cellist Stefan Skrimshire and drummer Phil Bennett. Somerset-based ethereal folk artist Ruth Blake also contributes vocals in her ongoing collaboration with the band.

The lyrics for 'Twisted Cord' explore how intense events in our lives can act like initiations by shaking up, radically changing and enriching our perspectives. Sometimes we need to break down or be broken apart, in order to come back together stronger and with greater understanding. The healing of our wounds over time can transform into wisdom, bringing more colour, depth and detail to the tapestry of our lives.

The song also celebrates the concept of Animism  - the belief that objects, places, and creatures all possess a distinct spiritual essence - a foundational thread for the varied belief systems of many indigenous peoples, who deeply understand the importance of ritual, ceremony, initiation and connection to nature that the majority of us in the west have forgotten.

‘The songs are rarely stories specifically, but more like moods, deep emotional states or parallel worlds that we enter into, where scenarios, perspectives and protagonists can shift and morph with a dream-like quality,” says Damien Mahoney.

Working with a different artist for each single, 'Twisted Cord' showcases original artwork by Ben Taylor, a painter and sculptor who often combines natural materials and up-cycled gems to create incredible, large-scale pieces of work. These reflect Ben’s reverence for nature, plants & magic, depicting some of the profound experiences of ancient spiritual traditions he has been initiated into.

As of February 📌 25, 'Twisted Cord' will be available across digital platforms, including Apple Music and Spotify. It can already be pre-ordered via Bandcamp.

"Impressive... stellar, believable and inspiring.... vocals and lyrics that are heartfelt, hopeful and genuine" ~ Big Takeover Magazine

"Music worthy of top-dog soundtracks.. Caulbearers struts in with a sonic funkadelic swagger and groovy bassline that recalls early works by the likes of RHCP and No Doubt" ~ Spill Magazine

“Funky and original... All music should be this progressive” ~ Jammerzine

"Exploring the spiritual ties that bind us as communities" ~ God is in the TV

'Texturally rich and gorgeously cinematic... It may rest on the creative shoulders of musical giants, but it has its eyes set firmly on the future" ~ The Swindonian



Twisted Cord

Single Cell Recordings

📌 25 February 2022

Written, recorded, produced & edited by Damien Mahoney
at Padded Cell Studio (except piano & keys recorded by John Ellis at Limefield Studio)
Mixed by Seadna Mcphail at Airtight Studios
Mastered by Jim Spencer at Eve Mastering
Single cover artwork by Ben Taylor

by Jan School,
except collage images by Ben Taylor & Latent Variables

Keep up with Caulbearers
Website | Bandcamp | Facebook | Instagram 
 Twitter Soundcloud | YouTube | Apple Music | Spotify 

Keep up with Ruth Blake
Website | Bandcamp | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram 
 YouTube | Soundcloud | Apple Music | Spotify 

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