is Fred Baty, a young lad well-known to those that have been around with 12rec. for a bit longer. His "Sky Diaries"
EP was a huge success back then and makes hearts melt even today. The accompanying remix album
(in cooperation with Zymogen
netlabel) remains one of the most elaborate projects carried out at this place ever. We are more than happy to have Crepusculum
back with his full-length debut "Sing on in Silhouettes”.
Although the title might point in another direction, nobody really
sings on "Sing on in Silhouettes”. Fred Baty’s intricate, neo-baroque
Folk music is as instrumental as it ever was. Still, Baty enhanced his
palette of instruments and while "Sky Diaries”
was an unpolished diamond, "Sing on in Silhouettes” sounds rich and timeless. Crepusculum
bridges from John Fahey
ca. 1986, bringing forth the melodic complexity of NWOBHM-pioneers Iron Maiden
without being heavy at all.
On "Sing on in Silhouettes", Fred brings to perfection what was his
trademark ever since. Kitsch and emotional weight, musical craftmanship
and a self-taught comprehension in harmonics setting apart Crepusculum
from all guitar music you might have heard before.
Eventually, there is some singing in silhouettes
. For "Abaculus Perceptive” Crepusculum
joins forces with Genevieve Schwartz and Julia Kotowski (a.k.a. Entertainment for the Braindead
) who give out their lovely vocal harmonies. So wow.