H.E.R.R. ‎– Fire And Glass: A Norwood Tragedy

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Cold Spring ‎– CSR74EP
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CD, EP
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A concept release about the Crystal Palace and the Great Exhibition of 1851. Also a metaphor for the rise and fall of the British Empire.

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SyndromShop

June 6, 2010
edited over 9 years ago

H.E.R.R. never really appealed to me until I heard this release. When I lived in Crystal Palace I used to walk amongst the ruins of the old Crystal Palace finding warped relics of molten glass, the derelict site with its abandoned Victorian Sphinx’s - this release brings that all back to me.
The initial track introduces the listener to Victorian London and the design of the great glass structure that would stand looking over South London until its untimely demise in the thirties. Troy Southgate reads his words with a real passion and creates a narrative to a modern classical backdrop. This release is actually an EP with four parts; I feel A Norwood Tragedy is a good introduction to the work of H.E.R.R. Until I heard this I don’t think I would have listened to any of the other recordings, I think I will be obtaining some more CDs. The final track titled Embers creates a dramatic finale to the work creating the illusion of architectural dereliction and decay often found with modern day Victorian structures. This release surprised my and beat my pre-judgment of the project.