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White Dunes

from Isobel Gowdie by Ex Reverie

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  • Isobel Gowdie // Booklet and CD

    The first edition of the Isobel Gowdie project: a full 8" square 16-page booklet of artwork and lyrics, plus a cd of the album. This concept album is a collaboration between artist Julia Jeffrey and Gillian Chadwick of Ex Reverie. Working closely together for years, Gillian wrote songs and Julia created full-scale paintings inspired by the legendary confessions of Isobel Gowdie. Put on trial for witchcraft in 1662, Isobel's testimonies are infamous and as powerful today as they have ever been.

    Recorded with a version of Ex Reverie composed of some of Glasgow's finest musicians (members of Big Hogg, The Hidden Masters, Trembling Bells, and Trashcan Sinatras) on location in an old mill building in the shadow of castle ruins in Strathaven, Scotland, the album takes a heavy psychedelic trip through the world of a defiant witch. Full of powerful freedom and gleeful malice, Isobel's story is one of raw sexual and magical energy. A woman under heavy societal and religious restrictions, Isobel chose the act of total rebellion in the face of danger and judgement. A complicated and inspiring heroine for our times.

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White dunes on the far horizon meet and tie the sky to the land
I was bound to this place by a force it seemed, as strong as what holds them
The sun wheeled up and down and up again
On that wheel I feared I’d turn until the end

When he comes I’d know his voice
No matter what my eyes can see
For that voice I’d take a torch to this place
Let the dunes look back at me
Let the wheel turn for somebody else
I served my time and I’m out now

The sound is just like the storm striking
Ringing out and in so clearly
Sounding deep into my bones
And calls me to my feet

The sun it seems to hang in mid-air
Called by that same voice to be here
Spilling down my back and burns away the fear

And if it burns me too so be it
Bring the shackles bring the prayer books
Wring your hands and curse my name
I take no shame

And if you offered years of reprieve
Paid out in only cold nights
I’d feed them all to the fire

Let them be the fuel for this light
Let it build let it burn bright
I'll stand here beside

Now the stars burn for me
And the bonfires are circling
To cast my shadow miles

Miles and years let them see me
For within outward burning
Standing upright
And alive


from Isobel Gowdie, released May 1, 2019


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