Immediate download of 11-track album in the high-quality format of your choice (MP3, FLAC, and more), plus unlimited mobile access using the free Bandcamp listening app.
Enhanced CD features 6-panel booklet with lyrics and original artwork by Thom Martin, Tony Savarino, and David Samuel Robbins. Also included is the music video for "Afyonkarahisar Battle Cry."
Includes immediate download of 11-track album in the high-quality format of your choice (MP3, FLAC, and more), plus unlimited mobile access using the free Bandcamp listening app.
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In the evening we approach the Black Fortress of Opium. It has taken us years though we have always been here. As the light settles into long shadows the dust upon our weary bodies ignites with the last breath of the day. We have arrived together, and alone. Silence hovering between us, a blind fish great and terrible in the heavy air. As we ascend the cliff’s face, sounds begin to materialize in the atmosphere. With every step we approach the Fortress and the sounds become a melody, the melody becomes a song. The song swells and thickens in our blood and threatens to erase us from within. Suddenly a flurry of blossoms erupts from your throat—swarming from your parted lips into the growing darkness. A hurricane of white petals in the waning hour—sweet cacophony of oncoming night. This is the din of our absolute solitude. This is the unraveling. This is the moment where I see you for the first time as you become water and water becomes starlight and starlight becomes the thing I long for but can never hold. I approach and you vanish away. I grasp you, and you are gone. I am a traveler standing at the gate and you are the city of song. - Janaka Stucky
"Both rootsy and ethereal sounding (think Turkey by way of Texas)" - Andrew Wilson, Boston Band Crush
released 06 March 2012
Ajda the Turkish Queen - vocals, mandolin, tenor banjo, acoustic/classical/electric guitars, flute, keyboards, melodica
Tony Savarino - electric guitars, electric sitar, tabla/tambura iPhone sounds
Dave Yanolis - electric & upright bass
Joel Simches - bass, keyboards, percussion
Rich Cortese - bass
Brian Viglione - drums, percussion
Joe Turner - drums
Recorded by Martin Bisi at BC Studio, Rafi Sofer at Q Division, Joel Simches at V8, Danny Gold at NEIA
Mixed by Martin Bisi at BC Studios in Brooklyn NYC & Joel Simches at Sonic Enhancement Specialists, Ltd.
Additional production by Martin Bisi & Joel Simches
"Afyonkarahisar Battle Cry" produced by Joel Simches
Mastered by Fred Kevorkian at Kevorkian Mastering
All songs © 2012 Black Fortress of Opium/Sul Ross (ASCAP)
"Afyonkarahisar Battle Cry" video directed and produced by Noah Blumenson-Cook with additional production by Jake Hamilton
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