Zeptepi - Stormclouds

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'Stormclouds' is the 3rd album release from Zeptepi. Unlike its predecessor 'Universality', this album was recorded sporadically over a period of two years between 2008-10, utilising Forge Studios in Reservoir along with the bands own studio facilities. Produced by frontman Phil Dean, this album features guest appearances from many local musicians, including iconic Melbourne banjo player CC Thornley (Black Swans of Trespass, and now part of Zeptepi full time) and Rob McDowell (Plastic Palace Alice). 'Stormclouds' represents all that Zeptepi are about - quality songs, born out of a centuries old folk tradition, with fine contemporary production and musicianship, that captures all the vibrancy and life of one of Australia's most energetic live acts.
Track Listing
Come Home, Sail Away, The Ballad of John Green, The Soldier Song, The Sickness, The Loch Ard, Everything is Everything, The Falling of a Thunderstone, Stormclouds, Nothing Sinks Without a Trace

Zeptepi - Storm clouds
CD review by Chris Spencer

The editor has been kind to me this month! 
Another folk rock CD to review!
I must confess not knowing about Zeptepi before.
Originating in Melbourne, the band consists of 4 musicians, Phil Dean, who takes all the vocals, and on this album plays guitar, mandolin and keyboards, Bernie Dodd on drums, Frank Packer on bass and Hayley Anderson on violin. 
The band have already released a previous album and a few demos.
The album kicks off with “Come Home” and it’s a fine way to introduce the band and the album.  The rumbling of the bass guitar is joined by the driving drums to begin the build up of energy, passion and excitement, all enhanced by the violin. 
Unfortunately I can’t work out what the song is about. 
The phrase ‘dusty body bag’ suggests an anti-war song, or perhaps the home country causing a traveller homesickness.
“Sail Away” is more sedate, but the tempo is still upbeat: it also has a theme of travelling and moving on.
“The Ballad of John Green” has some similarities to “John Barleycorn” in lyrical content, while on “The Soldier’s Song” the band slows the pace to highlight the lyrics about the futility of war.  
I thought the band could have been a bit more subtle and not used sounds that resembled explosions on the battlefield. 
The violin playing is a feature of “The Sickness” and “The Loch Ard” - the latter has a structure of a story telling folk song. 
A lot less frenetic than some other songs on the album.
Sound effects of the ocean are also used on the end of “Stormclouds” and into the intro of the next song “Nothing Sinks Without a Trace”.
Highly recommended to those readers who like their folk loud, intense and passionate.

This product was added to our catalog on Monday 30 August, 2010.


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