HIGHWAYMEN IN MIDNIGHT MASKS, with it's foreboding atmosphere, minimalist composition, and fairytale lyrics, is a 'Bittersweet Swan Song' that bares the characteristics of a true classic, albeit with a sense of post-modern descent.
On the B-side to this stunning single is FORBIDDEN LOVE: a collaboration with prolific artist, AIDAN BAKER (NADJA, INFINITE LIGHT LTD).
The track juxtaposes Alicia's harsh distorted guitars, with an ethereal flute drone courtesy of Baker. This unassuming contrast of polar opposites has visceral consequences.
Alicia's signature vocals sit on top, telling a story of a dark love affair, while Baker's vocal sits below - reduced to an ambient mantra. The result: a 'Gregorian Chant' for fans of acid drenched drone, a 'Post, Post-rock' love song of epic proportions, a lyrical journey of exploration in to the philosophical depravities of The Marquis de Sade, and finally a mere taste of what's to come on the BIRDS OF PASSAGE forthcoming solo Lp, WINTER LADY.
released 17 December 2011
All music produced by Alicia Merz, except 'Forbidden Love' produced by Alicia Merz and Aidan Baker.
Released by Denovali Records (CD/LP), and Sweat Lodge Guru (CS)