Martyn Bates ‎– Mystery Seas (Letters Written #2)



You, Looking To Me For A Sign 5:06
Shorepoem 4:19
Calm Of Dark 5:29
Imagination Feels Like Poison 5:18
Trade Winds 2:33
Over The Waters 4:52
Everywhere There's Rain 4:51
Empty Pages 4:28
Midday Coming Misty 2:53
On The Beach At Fontana 2:15
Sky After All 4:53
Fragment (Little Star #1) 1:37
If I Could See In Everyone 3:10
Of Night 5:48
Gift 1:00

Versions (2)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ASR 018, A-SCALE 018 Martyn Bates Mystery Seas (Letters Written #2)(CD, Album) Ambivalent Scale Recordings, A-Scale Recordings ASR 018, A-SCALE 018 UK 1995 Sell This Version
Shayo 006 Martyn Bates Mystery Seas (Letters Written #2)(CD, Album, RE, RM, Dig) Shayo Shayo 006 Switzerland 2006 Sell This Version


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February 19, 2014
edited over 7 years ago
referencing Mystery Seas (Letters Written #2), CD, Album, RE, RM, Dig, Shayo 006

Reissue from Chayo with fully remastered sound. Unlike from the original album is one - the sound is quite different from the CD released in 1995 by Ambivalent Scale.
I do not like remastered reissues, they are often excessively increased the volume level, until clipping. But in the case of "Mystery Seas" remastered album went only benefit - thus clearly heard audible breathing artist, the touch of his fingers on the keys and overtones organ and melodica. Low frequencies gained volume and clearly. However, at this volume level unfortunately still too high for more than three times. The original disc album's sound was somewhat muffled and choked, it was impossible to hear the quiet intimate details of Martin Bates music and true colors body tone organ and melodica.
Which edition prefer? Hmm, a matter of taste! But personally i prefer CD from Shayo.


May 16, 2012
referencing Mystery Seas (Letters Written #2), CD, Album, ASR 018, A-SCALE 018
Another minimal solo work from one half of EYELESS IN GAZA which casts emphasis on the vocal harmonies & poetry. Based mostly on organ & melodica.

Originally reviewed for Soft Watch.