Wendy Rule | The Lotus Eaters

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The Lotus Eaters

by Wendy Rule

Oceanic, Dreamy and Lush. A mythic journey through the realm of the heart, from bliss to chaos and back.
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1. Horses
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8:01 album only
2. Everywhere and Nowhere
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5:24 album only
3. Penelope
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3:49 album only
4. My Heart Is Like An Open Flower
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1:21 album only
5. Strange Little Soul Birds
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2:55 album only
6. The Lotus Eaters
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5:41 album only
7. La Femme De La Mer
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4:52 album only
8. Circe
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2:41 album only
9. Hecate
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4:07 album only
10. Ulysses
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2:07 album only
11. Calypso
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6:44 album only
12. The Water
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5:08 album only
13. Come to the Lake
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14. The Raven Song
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15. Descend to the Ocean
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Based on the ancient Greek mythic poem of The Odyssey, Wendy Rule's fourth studio album is an epic journey of love, joy and pain, set against a swirling soundscape of vibraphone and cello.

Here's what the press have said:

The 15 tracks on this album are not only captivating, but have enough strength and substance to transport you to an alternate realm....Wendy Rule's vocals accurately attract dark and sensual descriptions, yet it must also be said that they become somewhat entrancing when entwined amid a poignant cello. Wendy has the kind of voice that exists as a complex instrument within itself. The Lotus Eaters marks the point in which Wendy has evidently mastered his unique instrument and elevated it to new heights.Opening with 'Horses' gently lulls the listener into a state of repose and serves as an adequate introduction of the things to come over the remaining fourteen tracks. The consistent themes of water and ocean instill a sense of floating and ensure the journey within The Lotus Eaters is gentle yet guided... The Lotus Eaters is one of those rare albums that have the ability to instantly capture you... Wendy Rule gives meaning to the word unique...

Beat Magazine, Melbourne, Australia

The sea is a dominant influence in Melbourne singer/songwriter Wendy Rule’s latest offering, as one might expect for an album based thematically on the tale of The Odyssey.
The eight minute opener, Horses, arrives with the sound of waves and a clear yearning for freedom, which sets the tone for much of what follows. There is some of the sea’s changeability, with tracks ranging form slow and mournful, to romantic and latin infused, to tribal.
Her smoky voice soars and swoops to incredibly low depths, as illustrated on the a capella “My Heart Is Like An Open Flower”.
Vibraphone, violin, varied percussion and her regular cellist Rachel Samuel provide a rich landscape, taken to operatic levels on the title track.
She references her Pagan beliefs, more overt on her previous three albums, with the stirring tribal homage to Hecate.
With lush production, varied arrangements and emotional range, The Lotus Eaters is a clear sign of an artist moving forward.

The Courier Mail, Brisbane Australia.


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Linda J. Starr

Lotus Eaters
I enjoy this CD while driving in town. It is quiet and meditative, yet spirited and deep. A good way to stay centered while in a hectic driving scene.

Bridgett E Jarvis

The Lotus Eaters
I can't say enough about this album! Wendy Rule is enthralling, enticing, dark, exciting, mysterious, and brings all of that into her music. You are there with her...literally you are transformed.

Ruadhan McElroy

Excellent and Inspired!
Wendy Rule is an amazing talent among Pagan musicians. In a "scene" where effort and intent is often treated as being just as valid as, if not more so than talent, Ms. Rule shows that there _are_, in fact, trult talented and gifted Pagan musicians who have the capabilities of displaying not only excellent skills, but will amaze you with how inspired and heartfelt their lovingly crafted compositions are.

_The Lotus Eaters_ was largely inspired by The Odyssey, but takes bits of inspiration from other well-known and well-loved ancient Greek mythos, and both lyrics and music are crafted in such a way to endear her art to anybody who honours the Gods of ancient Greece -- from eclectic Neo-Pagans with an Hellenic bend to even "hard-nosed" Reconstructionists.

A must-have for anybody who reads Homer for fun!

Zita Christian

The Lotus Eaters
Her voice is evocative of all that lies beneath and beyond. She is the siren who summons the soul.

Bridgett E Jarvis

The Lotus Eaters
Absolutely riveting...to the core.