|Released 1979 (1979)|
Release date 1979
Genre Experimental rock
|Recorded November–December 1978|
Artist Art Bears
Label Recommended Records
|Studio Sunrise Studios, Kirchberg, Switzerland|
Producer Art Bears Etienne Conod
Winter Songs (1979) The World as It Is Today (1981)
Similar Art Bears albums, Experimental rock albums
Art bears winter songs 1979 full album
Winter Songs is the second album by English avant-rock group Art Bears. It was recorded at Sunrise Studio in Kirchberg, Switzerland between 22 November and 5 December 1978, and was released in 1979. It was Art Bears' first album to be recorded on their own, the bulk of their first album, Hopes and Fears (1978) having been recorded as Henry Cow.
- Art bears winter songs 1979 full album
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- Recording the album
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The hermit art bears winter songs
Recording the album
Winter Songs comprises fourteen short songs composed by Fred Frith around texts by Chris Cutler that were based on carvings on the dado of the west facade of Amiens Cathedral in France. The whole album was recorded and mixed simultaneously, taking 14 days from start to finish. The group adopted an approach of creating the sound first and committing it to tape immediately, instead of leaving the sound detail to post-production mixing. This method used the studio as a compositional instrument, and Etienne Conod, the studio engineer at Sunrise Studio, played an important part in this process, becoming an indispensable member of the group.
In their review of the album Ground and Sky wrote: "Winter Songs often seems like the third wheel in Art Bears' trilogy of full-length releases; it is neither as overtly political nor as musically diverse as either of the albums that bookend it."
All tracks composed by Fred Frith and Chris Cutler.
Sound and art work
1The Bath of Stars1:45
2First Things First2:50