Saturday, July 9, 2016

new album: CRYPTIDS recording finished! Digital single available now!



We have been writing and recording our new album, CRYPTIDS for many months. The subject matter covers cryptid creatures of all types - mostly those based in Pennsylvania but some ranging from further abroad - as well as some ghosts for good measure.

The lineup this time was Timothy (me), AE Hoskin - who you may remember from Crow Tongue, and Rod Goelz.

Cryptid creatures have been a lifelong fascination of mine. The sightings of such things seem to weave into folklore - it was natural and easy to write folksongs on this subject and I feel like I've written some of my best songs for this record.

As I've been writing the album, I've also been writing a book which covers some of the same topics - though the book is entirely focussed on South Central Pennsylvania (York, Adams, and Lancaster counties to be exact). The book is titled Beyond the Seventh Gate and it will hopefully be published around the same time CRYPTIDS is released.

For now, we are releasing 2 songs from CRYPTIDS as a digital bandcamp-only single.

We wanted to give away a song and have one song for streaming only, but that option isn't available on bandcamp so we've made the single $1.00 - but one of the songs is name-your-price if you just want the one.

You can name your own price at a higher rate too - every bit helps to get the album into production.





Prydwyn and I are working on yet another Stone Breath album which should be released in 2016 as well. More on that later.

Monday, January 4, 2016

The Flight and the Fate of the Horsemen



Our latest release, The Flight and Fate of the Horsemen, is available now from Dark Holler Arts.

The Flight and the Fate of the Horsemen presents over 75 minutes of new music from Stone Breath – taking the form of 4 long songs spread over 4 separate 3″ mini-CDr discs and packaged in a small kraft box with info/lyrics and a hand stenciled patch (on either black or green fabric – randomly inserted).

Post-apocalyptic in theme, these longer more experimental drone-folk pieces call to mind the Devotional songs from A Silver Thread to Weave the Seasons – showcasing multiple instruments and improvisation mixed with arranged sections.

The Flight and the Fate of the Horsemen is intended as a fundraiser for the TWO upcoming Stone Breath albums in 2016. Rather than do a crowd-funding campaign, we thought we would offer this special limited edition set and some new music. (For those kind enough and willing to contribute a bit more to the upcoming albums, we will make a special “producer’s package” available as well.)

All music will be exclusive to this box set for one year and one day from the release date (January 6, 2016). This music will not be available to download until January 7, 2017. At that time we will issue digital codes at request for any who have purchased the physical versions.

The first 33 copies ONLY will come with an extra card-shaped mini-CDr with another (shorter) song, Within the Falling Sands (in its own signed and numbered cover, but it fits in the box as well). This song will remain exclusive to this edition of 33 until the digital release in 2017.



Regarding the PRODUCER PACKAGE:


Since 1995, I have been writing, recording, and releasing acoustic music as Stone Breath. In that time, I have seen many changes come to the music industry – for good and ill. Before crowd-funding became widespread, I ALWAYS considered every single person who purchased anything Stone Breath released as a patron. Whether purchasing a single song via bandcamp or the entire physical catalog, they are patrons. I never much cared for the word “fan.” I feel like it somehow places the artist “above” the listener and I have never felt that way. Stone Breath is lucky to have people who care to listen – and we, as a band – appreciate every ‘ear that hears.’ So, I want to thank all of you who support us at any level. You are all patrons and you are all appreciated. Who is listening? I know some people are, and I try to never take that for granted.

Stone Breath has released albums with labels all over the world, but our first release, and most of our releases since, have been done on our own Hand/Eye label. We are currently in the process of writing and recording TWO new albums for (hopeful) release in 2016. Since recording Children of Hum, I have been hit with many unforeseen expenses. Some of these are of a more personal nature, but many are directly related to recording and running the record label. We’ve always recorded Stone Breath ourselves (o I how wish we could afford time at other studios!), and we are now working with a selection of broken microphones, borrowed equipment, and aging hardware. My great fear is that at some point we will lose part or all of a new album before I could get it mixed, mastered and ready. To me, it already feels like it has been too long since our last full-length and starting over would just delay it further.

Besides this there is, of course, the expenses of producing a new album (or 2) – printing, CD replication (I doubt we will be able to afford vinyl), shipping, and the unpredictable state of the music industry.

Getting closer to the point, I am hoping there are some people who have the means to provide a little more patronage than normal. It might not fix everything or pay for all of the manufacturing – but it will help.

This PRODUCER PACKAGE includes:

• A credit as producer (in print and elsewhere) on the 2 Stone Breath albums we are in process of writing/recording now.

The Flight and the Fate of the Horsemen box set (sent NOW) – along with the bonus Within the Falling Sands mini card-shaped CDr  – IF you are within the first 33 people to order (there are only 33 copies total of Within the Falling Sands available for both the PRODUCER PACKAGE and the standard edition of the box set together).

• BOTH of the in-process Stone Breath albums as they are released.

• A “sneak peek” of the new albums in the form of a CDr with demo/rough mixes of some of the new songs. Some of these will get remixed or added to and find their way onto the new albums – others will get completely re-recorded, so these mixes may be the only record of these performances. This will be sent NOW with the Flight and the Fate… box set.

• One piece of original art/illustration from the upcoming albums – probably NOT the cover art (though maybe) – the choices will be offered on a first-come first-serve basis according to what is available at the time. Should there happen to be more PRODUCERS than available artwork, I will make original art available from past releases or offer art from future releases.

PRODUCERS who are interested in ephemera relative to the new albums (a page from my sketchbook perhaps or original handwritten lyric sheets, etc), should let me know. That sort of thing could easily make its way to you as a bonus.

Lastly, I know not everyone can afford this package. Maybe no one can? Please know that I truly appreciate whatever you CAN do – great or small. Thank you!

– Timothy / Stone Breath / Hand/Eye, January 2016



Monday, December 28, 2015

'In the Cities of Your Eyes' compilation - pre-order available now.


In the Cities of Your Eyes is available now for pre-order. A new benefit compilation to help the refugee camps in Greece. We have written and recorded a new Stone Breath song, The Blood Red God, just for this collection.

Other artists include: Sand Fingers, Cindytalk, Dimitris Panas, Nikos Fokas, Howling Larsons, Martyn Bates, Karyae, Lüüp, AMBOO, Edward Ka-Spel, Pylae, Spires That in the Sunset Rise, Yannick Franck, Susan Matthews and Rainier Lericolais, The Hare And The Moon ft Alaska, Temple Music, Elektronic Meditation, The Gray Field Recordings, TraumaSutra and Peter Geysels, Book Of Shadows, SQE, and Palace Lido.

The compilation will release officially on January 1, 2016.


Monday, October 26, 2015

Grendel Fest / 15% off at bandcamp


Stone Breath
is playing Grendel Fest in Hagerstown MD on Halloween. We'll be playing in the evening - around 7:00pm.

All this week - ending at midnight on Halloween - we are having a 15% off sale on ANYTHING from our BANDCAMP STORE.

We are busy working on the next full length and a lot of other things besides. More soon...

Monday, June 8, 2015

"Dei Sanguis Sanguis Lupi" t-shirts available soon!


By popular demand, we've put the "Dei Sanguis Sanguis Lupi" emblem on black t-shirts. Professionally silkscreened in red and white ink on 100% cotton black t-shirts. Begins shipping in about 2 weeks. We'll throw in a patch of the same design with every order.

(Design will be about 12" high centered on front of shirt. In production now. )

pre-order now via STONE BREATH BANDCAMP

Friday, March 27, 2015

Werewolf Songs + Grave Needs available now!

Stone Breath Werewolf Songs lathe-cut record out now!


LIMITED TO 33 PHYSICAL COPIES.

A 4-song ep from Stone Breath, Werewolf Songs, continues from the folkloric Fire Beyond the Seventh Gate into a new set of intricate and driving lycanthropic songs. Recorded in late 2014, Werewolf Songs is the first studio output of the current Stone Breath live ensemble (Timothy, Matt Jackson, Zach Nace) – with a full length forthcoming in 2015.



This set includes:
• a square WHITE lathe-cut 7″ record
• a CDr with the same songs from the record
• a woven patch of the cover image

AFTER the entire physical edition is sold, the music will be available digitally from the Stone Breath Bandcamp page.

Fire Beyond the Seventh Gate, the first Stone Breath lathe-cut record sold out almost immediately!
A note about the record: do not expect lathe cut records to have the same quality as vinyl records. this record is cut into a white acrylic material. the grooves are somewhat shallower than standard – sometimes it takes a couple tries to situate the needle correctly – but the records do play.

Order Werewolf Songs from Dark Holler Arts or the Stone Breath Bandcamp page.

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also of hopeful interest, Timothy (Stone Breath, Albatwitch) with the help of some talented friends has put together a 2CD set, Grave Needs - the second Time Moth Eye release, following 2012’s Undeath CDr + art booklet with another all-new collection of art and music. 27 songs across 2 CDrs plus a 28 page fully illustrated, hand-lettered lyric booklet. Grave Needs is a brew of anarchist protest, post-apocalyptic folk, and acoustic-drone witchery. 

Limited to 150 copies. Each copy comes with a woven patch of the Ace of Crows from the cover art. 50 copies will also include an Ace of Crows playing card – randomly inserted.

Order Grave Needs from Dark Holler Arts or the Time Moth Eye Bandcamp page.


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

WEREWOLF SONGS limited edition lathe cut record


In the coming months, we will be issuing the second of our limited lathe-cut records, Werewolf Songs. This will be a square 7" ep with the following songs: Wake in Blood, Wolfskin, Skin / The Hunt. The first edition is limited to 33 copies. We may or may not decide to do a second edition. Each record will come with a CDr of the tracks on the 7" and a woven patch.
The patch will also be available separately from the record.

Our first lathe-cut record, Fire Beyond the Seventh Gate, sold out in a matter of days. Quite a few people complained about missing the first record, so we are posting everywhere we can think of to let people know about Werewolf Songs.

The cost will be $25.00 + postage. You can reserve a copy now by contacting us via email, facebook, or bandcamp.

(A note about the record: do not expect lathe cut records to have the same quality as vinyl records. this record is cut into a clear acrylic material. the grooves are somewhat shallower than standard - sometimes it takes a couple tries to situate the needle correctly - but the records do play.)