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Lammas

by Dermaptera

Analog space invaders meet the acoustic porch pluckers.
Genre: Electronic: Chill out
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1. Lammas
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2. Pastel Hearts
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3. Luna Grove
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4. The Hive
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5. Everyday Joy
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6. Orange
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7. Anthem
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This is Dermaptera’s fourth CD, recorded in 2005. Done in a myriad of styles, Moog analog and smooth digital electronic sounds can be found on this album, along with delicate acoustic pieces. Although the dense layers of sound may lead the listener to think there was a lot of overdubbing in the recordings, most of the songs on the album were recorded during live sessions. This album has also been described as sonic flowers in an alien sunrise.

Lammas is the last album in our four CD celebration of the seasons of the year. We are finally back to the lighter side of the year with Lammas (also called Lughnasadh), as August 1st is the time this holiday is traditionally celebrated. The songs reflect the end of summer and beginning of the fall – harvest time, long days of sun, and time for reflection and preparation for the darker days of winter.

Kathy McMenamin and Kevin Hassett are Dermaptera. A husband and wife duo, we have been making music together since the turn of the millennium. Kevin has been playing bass since the early eighties, and has perfected his individual style of playing multiple string chords on the bass. His bass style also usually includes multiple effects processors. Kathy plays the synthesizer, and adds signal processed vocals to some songs. Her background includes a decade of training and performing for voice and piano, but she had been away from making music for several years before Kevin convinced her to start up again. Other instruments that have been known to make surprise appearances on Dermaptera albums include mountain dulcimer, autoharp, hand drums, and an earth plate, so keep your ears open for surprises.

Thanks for your continuing support of and interest in all of our four albums so far. Stay tuned for more mind-bending electronic sounds…


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Helen McMenamin

Love the peacefulness of Lammas, Anthem, the Hive
Dermaptera is a composite of many-moods and fluctuations. It gives great listening pleasure, especially in the quiet peacefulness of "Anthem", the anticipation of "The Hive", and the nature sounds of "Pastel Hearts". The guitars and other instruments, as in "Lammas", were smooth and flowed beautifully. The CD is a pleasure for the ears, as well as all the other senses. Keep up the good work!

Peter McGinn

My Idea of Ambient Music
Mostly I listen to ambient music in two settings: at work with headphones to screen out the buzz of conversations around my cubicle world, and as background music when I am writing novels. For these purposes I prefer more down-tempo music. Overall, Dermaptera's entire quartet of CDs works for me.

This fourth CD in the quartet is a little livelier than the previous three, which makes it more useful to me at home than at work. It is an imaginative collection of pieces of slightly different styles and I do not get tired of listening to it. The only reason I rated it with 4 stars instead of 5 is because my taste, as stated above, is for their other CDs with more slower tempo pieces. It is still better than most ambient CDs I consider purchasing and I will keep listening to it along with the others. If you are trying to decide which one of the four to buy - don't bother - get all four of them.

Valerie Lane

cool, very cool
This album is a delight to listen to. I particularly enjoy its ghostly tones.

Modern Siren

Listened to it for three days straight
Strangely, I completely agree with the first reviewer's track picks. I picked up this CD and put it in at work and ended up listening to it for three days straight. I really enjoyed the ethereal tones in Pastel Hearts. The Hive is very cool and spacey. Anthem is ambient and soothing. This has grown to be one of my favorite "Heart of Space" type CD.

Robert and Amy

Musical Alchemy at its Finest
Lammas and Anthem are two of our favorite songs...and it's very fitting that they bookend another wonderful bunch of songs, including the droning majesty of The Hive! This disc is a beautiful alchemy of acoustic and electronic instruments and worth deeper listening.