Levi Fuller | This Murder Is a Peaceful Gathering

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This Murder Is a Peaceful Gathering

by Levi Fuller

Lovely, spooky, pretty, sad songs. About crows.
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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1. As the Crow Flies
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2. Bread
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3. The Crows Are Getting Smarter
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4. Crow Lady
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5. Crow Meeting
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6. Eyeballs
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7. Migratory Habits (Or the Lack Thereof)
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8. Canary : Coalmine :: Crow : _______
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9. This Murder Won't Hurt You
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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In 2004, inspired by Seattle's ubiquitous Northwestern Crow (Corvus caurinus), Levi Fuller began work on his second album, This Murder Is a Peaceful Gathering, a collection of songs about crows. After several months of writing, he enlisted Brian Deck (Iron & Wine, Califone, Fruit Bats, Ugly Casanova, Modest Mouse, etc.) to produce and mix, and with help from Gillian Lisée (Fruit Bats, Orso, Califone) and Gavin Gregory (Water Kill the Sun), the album was completed over the course of a week at Engine Studios in Chicago. Levi released This Murder Is a Peaceful Gathering on March 7, 2006.

"I don't play the guitar. I do own 2 acoustics and a banjo even - don't have the first notion how to work the damn things, but friends like to come by and strum / pluck 'em every now and then. If I did ever follow the notion I wanted to learn to master these wooden beasts, I'd say I wish I could manage the strings like Levi Fuller. Chiming and bending notes in ways a skilled player should, This murder is a peaceful gathering opens with the hushed & faint swirls of "As the crow flies" - with the ebony bird serving as the albums mascot & overall underlying theme. Having a knowledgeable set of ears and hands around when you're recording an album couldn't harm the path, and Fuller rounded up Brian Deck (yeah, I know!) to produce, mix & perform various instruments on This murder is a peaceful gathering.

"Nowhere near as 'off-kilter' as any of the Red Red Meat catalog (well, the title track comes close), this latest album from the talent that is Levi M. Fuller takes an acoustic base as bridge and - with Deck, I would presume - lays into, under and throughout the albums nine tracks an audible topography that really requires a still room, absolute focus or both to absorb. Take the exceptional fuzzed guitar solo that feeds into "Bread" and escapes through a field of distant percussion, stark cymbals and (I'm guessing) wood blocks. Fullers fitting tone (for an album skirting the reality that is death / murder), is both straight forward and the perfect companion to the array of subsonic layers captured on This Murder.

"Tracks that play out before you like a centuries past poem or mysterious short story (see:'Eyeballs' & 'Migratory Habits,' the later with a true Deck feel to it), I think Poe (Allen, Edgar) would have had this gentleman over for dinner and a eulogy had the dates seen fit.

"Presented in a luxurious Stumptown pressed dual jacket, with multiple winged beings on the disc face - there is 'little left to wish for' says this crow."

-Kaleb, sctas.com


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Michael R. Sanchez (aka The Way It Is)

perfect music for the midnight hour
i got this disk on saturday night at the release show. i finally listened to it late lastnight and genuinely enjoyed it. it's perfect music for the midnight hour. the
instrumentation was terrific, subtle and moody,
song order was dead on with great highs and lows
and levi's voice... well... it has never
sounded better in my not-so-humble opinion.
he's really created a work of art here,
a body of songs that compliment one another's
beginnings and endings to nicely render
a larger and more elaborate theme. well done.

rebecca brown

this is lovely haunting breathy music.
I bought this cd because I couldn't resist the idea of a cd about crows. Also because I really like this very small publishing house called Corvid press, the name inspired by the family of which crows are members, and which publishes literary fiction and nonfiction. Anyway, I love the dreamy but biting swaths of sound here, the whispered lyrics, the homage to dark flying things. The cover art is pretty dreamy too. This whole package is a little gem.

David Cowling, Americana-UK

Corvine themed set has critic raving
Crows, it is said, are the most intelligent of birds (the evidence given for this is their propensity towards monogamy – you could of course take this as evidence for the reverse) anyway these coal black creatures are the inspiration behind this record. The crow is more easily associated with the Goth fraternity, the black plumage, the gathering in flocks, their harsh calls, here though we are in more gentle territory. Acoustic strums introduce ‘As the Crow Flies’ but with Brian Deck at the controls it's not long until he marshals a flock of instruments, soft hammers pecking away with percussive intensity. Aloft on thermals of organ ‘The Crows Are Getting Smarter’ flapping wings of menace draw on folkloric fear of the black-eyed avians. The real test of a set of themed songs is whether or not the concept overloads the songs, here it certainly doesn’t, the excellent short story quality of ‘Crow Lady’ has passages of great beauty that suggest the subjects wheeling lazily above a cornfield.

‘Crows Meeting’ is told from the birds perspective and delineates their contempt for their human counterparts, all the time the steady gentle pulse of the music is flecked through with subtle highlights like the sunlight catching the various textures on a crows wing. The record drips with atmosphere, the whisper of frost nipping your ears on a winters morning, throaty crow talk coming from the trees, the sense of place, the symbiosis and sense of place that we apparently share, ‘Canary : Coalmine :: Crow : ______’ has a funereal pace and an ecological message, guitar notes pile up on themselves like cockerels strutting and fighting, a Beefheartian blues riff turning on itself, a kind of I scream for crow. A lone banjo and some banged tin introduce ‘This Murder Won’t Hurt You’ the vocal hollered from a neighbouring field by an itinerant scarecrow deconstruct the collective noun for a gathering of crows.

Make no mistake, this is a multi-layered undertaking full of wonderful metaphors and musical invention, a concept album about crows that everyone can love.