The Conversation

Pantaleimon

An offering of peace in our loud, fractured world. A meditation played entirely on Appalachian dulcimer. Tracked and mixed at my home studio in Devon. 'The Conversation' came to me during the pandemic. And after a chain of personal challenges over many years, which had prevented me from releasing new music until now. This single is the first from
An offering of peace in our loud, fractured world. A meditation played entirely on Appalachian dulcimer. Tracked and mixed at my home studio in Devon. 'The Conversation' came to me during the pandemic. And after a chain of personal challenges over many years, which had prevented me from releasing new music until now. This single is the first from a new record due in early Spring 2023

Accompanying video streaming at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yv3qDJlwbuQ
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Music

The Butterfly Ate The Pearl

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The album features Hugo Race, Will Oldham (Bonnie Prince Billy), James Blackshaw, Otto Hauser (Vertiver), Jay Darlington (Oasis, Kula Shaker), Steve Finnerty (Alabama 3), Franco Naddei.

‘The Butterfly Ate The Pearl’ is the follow up to 2008’s remix and collaboration collection ‘Heart Of the Sun’ and features nine new tracks including the
The album features Hugo Race, Will Oldham (Bonnie Prince Billy), James Blackshaw, Otto Hauser (Vertiver), Jay Darlington (Oasis, Kula Shaker), Steve Finnerty (Alabama 3), Franco Naddei.

‘The Butterfly Ate The Pearl’ is the follow up to 2008’s remix and collaboration collection ‘Heart Of the Sun’ and features nine new tracks including the forthcoming video download single 'If I (Was)'.
Recorded and compiled during the last year, and co-produced with Hugo Race (Bad Seeds), the new album is another great collection of hypnotic, magical and understated songs that Degens has become known for, but with ‘The Butterfly Ate The Pearl’ there is a more psychedelic feel and a real progression of sound. It is without doubt the most accomplished release to date.
The multi-talented Andria Degens not only provides vocals, but plays a diverse range of instruments and effects including distorted and delayed dulcimers, guitar, keyboard, Indian harmonium, bass, samples, loops, pedal board, fx, vibra, bells, and sansula. She also brings together an array of eclectic musicians to elevate the dream, evolving the tracks into their full potency – Will Oldham (Bonnie Prince Billy), James Blackshaw, Otto Hauser (Vertiver), Jay Darlington (Oasis, Kula Shaker), Steve Finnerty (Alabama 3), to name a few. The result is a cinematic soundscape, a journey, through terrains, both familiar and unknown, with her gorgeous and heartbreaking voice leading the way, and sounding like nothing else around.
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Tall Trees

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“An absolutely gorgeous four song EP. ...Most of all this reminds me a bit of Anna Domino and Virginia Astley’s mix of atmospherically chilly cool balladry and more brightly pop-like melodic fare. ..... First a short dreamy instrumental introductory piece, then a second instrumental conjuring a gently swaying summer afternoon in a meadow filled
“An absolutely gorgeous four song EP. ...Most of all this reminds me a bit of Anna Domino and Virginia Astley’s mix of atmospherically chilly cool balladry and more brightly pop-like melodic fare. ..... First a short dreamy instrumental introductory piece, then a second instrumental conjuring a gently swaying summer afternoon in a meadow filled with sunlight and glimpses of a joyful eternity with a hauntingly nostalgic undertow. Then follows a song with heartbreakingly gorgeous vocals like some lost outtake from the soundtrack to Twin Peaks or one of Julee Cruise’s Lynch/Badalamenti classics, and ending things with the titular Tall Trees that feels like the lullaby for the end of a perfect day.”- DREAM MAGAZINE #9

Includes bonus items.
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Cloudburst

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Andria plays dulcimer, bouzouki and tambura with a languid touch, eschewing the raw speed that most of those instruments’ handlers evoke in favor of glistening texture. Her notes hang, twisting in the breeze, and the vocals she offers on one track are reminiscent of Christina Carter at her most gravity-defying.” - HARP MAGAZINE NOV 2007

This is a
Andria plays dulcimer, bouzouki and tambura with a languid touch, eschewing the raw speed that most of those instruments’ handlers evoke in favor of glistening texture. Her notes hang, twisting in the breeze, and the vocals she offers on one track are reminiscent of Christina Carter at her most gravity-defying.” - HARP MAGAZINE NOV 2007

This is a kind of minimalist instrumental folk with spiritual undertones. The fourth track, “Numinosum”, is sung by Degens with a quietly centred intensity, somewhere between love song and devotional mantra, with a sedate, droning backing. Its vivid simplicity is, in its own quiet way, quite stunning.”- THE WIRE
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Heart Of The Sun

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While the sound is similar to the music of folks like Fursaxa, Grouper and Christina Carter, there is much more immediacy, focus and a connection to folk history in the songs of Pantaleimon. While less hazy then some of her peers there is a seemingly sonic mist hanging over her songs which stops you in your tracks. There is also a rustic quality
While the sound is similar to the music of folks like Fursaxa, Grouper and Christina Carter, there is much more immediacy, focus and a connection to folk history in the songs of Pantaleimon. While less hazy then some of her peers there is a seemingly sonic mist hanging over her songs which stops you in your tracks. There is also a rustic quality in these stripped down songs that makes us think of Bridget St. John and Hala Strana recording a record together. Plenty of folks help out by adding sounds and ambience but all do so with much subtly and respect. Who knew Andrew W.K. could be so subtle, his tasteful keyboards are heard on the record’s opener, and the list of other contributors/remixers reads like a who’s who of the musical underground (Colin Potter, Andrew Lilies, Stephen O’Malley, Fovea Hex, Lilium, etc). Heart Of The Sun is becoming the record we listen to both early in the morning and then late at night as we surrender to sleep. So beautiful!”- AQUARIUS RECORDS, USA
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Mercy Oceans

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Andria Degens: vocals, Appalachian dulcimer. bouzouki, octave mandola, harmonica drone, tamboura/chanting drones, sound courtesy of flight AB6187 from Berlin to Athens.

Keith Wood: acoustic & electric guitar, backing vocals

Baby Dee: harp

Isobel Campbell: backing vocals, cello, piano, glockenspiel.

John Contreras: cello

Jerome Alexandre:
Andria Degens: vocals, Appalachian dulcimer. bouzouki, octave mandola, harmonica drone, tamboura/chanting drones, sound courtesy of flight AB6187 from Berlin to Athens.

Keith Wood: acoustic & electric guitar, backing vocals

Baby Dee: harp

Isobel Campbell: backing vocals, cello, piano, glockenspiel.

John Contreras: cello

Jerome Alexandre: guitar harmonics
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Trees Hold Time

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“Trees Hold Time” is a lazily strung out series of minimalist compositions driven by dulcimer, bouzouki, singing bowl and vocals. As repeated lullaby phrases are given time to accumulate and build, the effect is similar to the piling tones of Charlemagne Palestine’s piano pieces, with overtones slowly blooming and dying. Elsewhere, the grainy
“Trees Hold Time” is a lazily strung out series of minimalist compositions driven by dulcimer, bouzouki, singing bowl and vocals. As repeated lullaby phrases are given time to accumulate and build, the effect is similar to the piling tones of Charlemagne Palestine’s piano pieces, with overtones slowly blooming and dying. Elsewhere, the grainy sound of bowed dulcimer gives “Trees Hold Time” a real devotional air, sharing a still, contemplative grace that’s almost medieval. On the tracks with vocals, Degens summons the lonesome spirit of the likes of mysterious UK folk legend Anne Briggs, haunted and out of time.”- DAVID KEENAN, WIRE

“I love “Trees Hold Time”. Andria has a lovely pure voice and her spirit is evident in her work. What a soulful collection!”- ANTONY, ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS

“I think “Trees Hold Time” is truly beautiful, a perfect balance of music and space”.- CARTER BROWN, LABRADFORD

“Love your CD. It’s just beautiful. Your music is really good and people will be lucky to see it live”.- JEAN-YVES TOLA, 16 HORSEPOWER
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Live in Barcelona (feat. James Blackshaw)

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Pantaleimon Live at the La Apolo, Barcelona 23rd Nov 2008,
featuring James Blackshaw.

During rehearsals for this show, Andria and James came up with new versions of some of the songs. These are the only recordings of these interpretations.

Andria Degens - vocals, octave mandola, Appalachian dulcimer, Shruti boxes.
James Blackshaw on 12 string
Pantaleimon Live at the La Apolo, Barcelona 23rd Nov 2008,
featuring James Blackshaw.

During rehearsals for this show, Andria and James came up with new versions of some of the songs. These are the only recordings of these interpretations.

Andria Degens - vocals, octave mandola, Appalachian dulcimer, Shruti boxes.
James Blackshaw on 12 string and 6 string guitars, E-bow.

DIgital download-only release. This special Bandcamp release includes gig flyer
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