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This Shelf Is Broken



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duration: 64'28"

1. Minus One 9'26"
Cave Dwellers 1'56"
Everyone Should Be Very Careful 8'44"
Interlude 0'44"
I've Been Having Some Weird Dreams 15'00"
This Shelf Is Broken 9'30"
That Is Different 6'19"
I Didn't Go There Myself 12'30"

Captured during spontaneous live session at Quadelectronic events, held at Quad Studios, Friday Street, Leicester, England,
17 June (1-4), 15 July (5,6), 21 October (7) & 23 December 2008 (8).
Recorded direct to digital. Edit and mix by Alan Freeman 18 May 2009.

Chris Conway: theremin, synths, flutes, whistles, kalimba, voice, effects
Alan Freeman: springs, acoustic CD, guitar, synthesizers, effects
Steve Freeman: acoustic CD, prepared tapes, voice, effects
Simon Styring: guitar/guitar-synth, effects (on 5-8 only)

special guest
Simon Ferraby: acoustic guitar (on 2 & 4 only)

A third Escape Route...

Pretty much a collection of oddments from gigs in 2008, "Columns Of Herakles" was titled before any of it was recorded, and is apt for what may be the final Escape Route release to feature Simon Styring. But, who knows what the future will hold when one has ventured towards "the lost realm of Atlantis" and created music like nothing else on earth?

"The Columns Of Herakles" or "The Pillars of Hercules" (Latin, Columnae Herculis) was the phrase that was applied in Antiquity to the rocks that flank the entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar.

According to Greek mythology adopted by the Etruscans and Romans, when Hercules had to perform twelve labours, one of them was to fetch the Cattle of Geryon of the far West and bring them to Eurystheus, and this marked the westward extent of his travels. A lost passage of Pindar quoted by Strabo was the earliest reference in this context: "the pillars which Pindar calls the 'gates of Gades' when he asserts that they are the farthermost limits reached by Heracles." According to Plato's account, the lost realm of Atlantis was situated beyond the Pillars of Hercules, in effect placing it in the realm of the Unknown.

CD-R - released 2009.
Bandcamp download - released 20/9/2014.
Routenote distributed download - released 10/10/2014.
CD-R second edition - released 18/10/2016.

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