"Witty, melancholy songs, arranged and performed with such careful skill and a natural unforced originality; David Garland and his friends have done it again!"
-- Robert Wyatt (Soft Machine, etc., etc.)
"David Garland has quickly become one of my favorite contemporary composers. Like many great songwriters before him, he pushes the limits of acceptable harmony and dissonance, yet never at the expense of beauty. He is able to take the listener through what might otherwise be quite perplexing musical architecture, and guide them along as if floating effortlessly on a cloud. 'Conversations with the Cinnamon Skeleton' is clearly the result of a lifetime spent investigating the relationship between notes and chords and words. The fact that Garland is not more known is an indication that much of the world has forgotten why it is we make and listen to music in the first place. If it's not possible for popular music to reach the heights of the great classical masters, it seems no one has told David Garland."
-- Sean Ono Lennon
released 17 January 2012
David Garland: music, lyrics, vocals, string arrangements, 12-string guitar, drone-modified 12-string guitar, clarinet, flute, piano, Dulcitone, bass, etc.
Vashti Bunyan: vocals on Like a Blanket, The Long View, and The Trees Agreed
Sean Lennon: vocals on The Long View, Maybe (We Won't Wait So Long), and Lightning Shine; electric guitar and drums on Maybe (We Won't Wait So Long)
Charlotte Kemp Muhl: vocals on The Long View, Maybe (We Won't Wait So Long), and Lightning Shine; accordion on Maybe (We Won't Wait So Long)
Osso (Rob Moose, Olivier Manchon, Marla Hansen, Maria Bella Jeffers): string quartet on Not There Yet, What I Wanted to Say, and Forever
Otto Hauser: drums on Like a Blanket, What I Wanted to Say, and The Trees Agreed
Kenji Garland: acoustic feedback guitar on What I Wanted to Say; inventor/builder of the drone-modified 12-string guitar.
The Garland family chorus (Anne Garland, Kenji Garland, and David Garland): backing vocals on Splinter Heart, and The Trees Agreed
Produced and mixed by DG.
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