Transmitter - Richard Skelton - *Skura (DVDr)

After all, cleaning should be beautiful. We met at the age of seven and became best friends after going head to head in the second grade spelling bee. Our friendship stayed strong through college, kids and family, and big careers that spanned the advertising and media worlds. We decided to take our love of great design and combine it with our inner clean-freak tendencies and marketing know-how to bring Skura Style to life. This labor of love became a journey and obsession for true clean.

We never imagined that a passion for details including correct spelling of course would inspire us to lead a kitchen revolution. On the sparse and striking Marking TimeSkelton laments the constant distancing of himself from his past, as insistent piano figures slowly become enveloped within waves of mournful strings.

The skeletal arrangements demonstrate a canny appreciation of restraint, affording Skelton the space to explore his themes without resorting to overwrought emoting. That said, of the triplet of albums released under his Clouwbeck moniker, the first, A Morainestrikes a slightly uneven balance.

Paring his palette down to its Transmitter - Richard Skelton - *Skura (DVDr) essential component, Skelton constructs a gently lulling Transmitter - Richard Skelton - *Skura (DVDr) of ambient strings and, whilst certainly a pleasant listen, the overly reserved feel of A Moraine virtually amelodic, relying solely on subtle, droning harmonies renders it somewhat anonymous.

The latter two Clouwbeck releases are more expansive in their vision, providing an emotional foothold that was previously lacking; Wolfrahm 's a dense knot of strings is haunted by shards of half-remembered melody, and From Which The River Rises is awash with swells of orchestral majesty. These are exquisite recordings, desolate and generously spacious, sounding almost as if they're drifting directly in from the vast West Pennine Moors. The story of Skelton's development as told by SKURA is one of persistent refinement rather than constant innovation, with the Clouwbeck releases providing a microcosm of this steady progression.

Yet the overall sweep of his work is best represented by album Landings. Opening with the stark, blustery 'Noon Hill Wood', which highlights the power and grace of his metallic, sweeping violins, Landings distils Skelton's sound down to its absolute emotional core. The record acts almost as a summary of Skelton's entire output on Sustain-Release — from Transmitter - Richard Skelton - *Skura (DVDr) intimate, lonely guitar of 'Scar Tissue' to the cavernous atmospherics of 'The Transmitter - Richard Skelton - *Skura (DVDr) Leaves' — but throughout the musical language is so direct, so uncluttered, that nowhere does this large-scale work seem to meander or overindulge.

It was such a lovely evening around sunset we decided to take the dogs for another walk while we watched the sun go down. The old school a great subject against the backdrop of the setting sun. Needless to say it rained! Yet another amazing sunset, the colours and the cloud shapes were a fantastic combination for a stunning photograph taken from the bottom of the garden at 9. Sunday 4th July sunset at Skelton Transmitter. After a day of sunshine, showers and strong gusts of wind we enjoyed a sunset Transmitter - Richard Skelton - *Skura (DVDr) warm, tranquil colours.

I took this photograph about 9.

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