All the Rivers Gold


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In All the Rivers Gold, Oldfield covers traditional Celtic styles on pipes and strings, then augments those elements with deep atmospheric electronics, nature samples, and sweet vocal accompaniment.

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Terry Oldfield

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    “A prolific master of flute and an array of pipes, Terry Oldfield honed his craft as a self-taught musician and spiritual wanderer while traveling Greece, drawing inspiration from its ancient ruins and fecund nature. For All the Rivers Gold, Oldfield turns his attention to the ancient textures and emotions of Ireland, tapping into the deep, brooding, melancholic emotion of Celtic traditional music, windswept rocky beaches, rolling green hills, and murky, glowing grey skies. With Imogen Moore, Katharina Heinrich, and Oldfield’s wife Rhonda contributing vocals, and David Pash on electric guitar and mandolin, this has the feel of a family sing-along meets a meditative walk along the moors as the sun permeates the dark clouds like golden columns holding up the sky.

    With their celebratory feel, the songs on All the Rivers Gold have a casual sense of progression as voices come in and out, joining in on a chorus while the flute sits out and vice versa, with subtle dynamics and cathartic releases. “The Morning Dew” draws upon the wind itself, which seems to blow through Oldfield’s pipes as an angelic chorus even shows up to sing: “May your way be clear of stones / And the moon be full and new / May the morning sun rise up to reach you / On the morning dew.” Celtic harp glides in arpeggios while Pash accents the music with electric guitar. “Emerald Waltz” uses a variation of “Greensleeves,” with Oldfield’s flute merging and emerging from the tones of a violin.

    Certainly All the Rivers Gold is no jump-for-joy party. The Celtic sound never veers from cloudy, emotional depths, but in this it rests calm knowing that sun-drenched exaltation is its reward, for all things balance in the end. “Celtic Lullaby” will woo the little ones to sleep, and “All Shall Be Well” will guide the parents into each other‚s arms, holding closely together as one against the noises of the night. The beautiful singing of Rhonda and company and Oldfield’s pipe can woo even the roaring lions to lie down with the lambs before the glowing ember shadows on the wall, while all dreamers await another misty morn, and another evening song.”

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