Sun Scorched Songs of Sorrow EP

Play 01 Play 01 Rags and Questions 4:37
Play 02 Play 02 Two Before the Five 3:43
Play 03 Play 03 Jackdaw 3:55
Play 04 Play 04 Vignette No. 2 3:33

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"Sun-Scorched Songs of Sorrow" is the second in a series of three EPs that will eventually form my next full-length album.

This collection of four songs is loosely themed around our relationship with the physical world. Unsurprisingly, one of the main topics is the climate crisis, particularly in relation to the systems of capitalism that restrict our actions in tackling it, as explored in “Rags and Questions” and “Jackdaw”.

Not all of the songs are sad, though: “The Two Before the Five” is about pivot points, and the redirection of energy into something unexpected.

“Vignette No. 2” is a reworking of an old song from ten years ago, which only had one verse. (You can hear this on my first album, "Roll as a Hexagon".) This new version can stand alone, but also can be viewed as a second verse to the original, documenting another tiny slice of zeitgeist a bit further down the road.

The songs were all written during the last three or four years. At the time of writing them I had not anticipated that I would be releasing them just a few days after the temperature here in the UK had passed 40°C for the first time on record.


Released July 24, 2022
All songs written by Helen Bell, and arranged by Helen Bell and Xenogon
Recorded by Helen Bell and Xenogon
Produced and mixed by Xenogon and Helen Bell

Vocals, viola, violin, keyboards and recorders by Helen Bell
5-string electric bouzouki, bass guitar, drums and temperamental calculations by Xenogon


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