Sung, Written, Performed, Composed, Recorded, Mixed and Produced by The Child of A Creek between January and May 2009 with Acoustic Guitars, Electric Guitars, Flute, Zither, Electric Piano, Organ, Little Russian Balalaika, Sinthesizers and Percussions.
Released by the italian label Red Birds Records/Seahorse Recordings, distribuited by Audioglobe in Italy, by Eclipse Records, Autumn Wind Productions and IODA in the US
Notes: “Find A Shelter Along the Path” is a diary that comes out from that wonderful day I spent across the mountains on January last year. Once back home, I’ve tried to remember the noises, the silence, the cold wind who blews on my skin while walking slowly in the snow valley, the white trees and the high winter peaks and I decided to wait for a while before start recording to let these things and the emotions to wake up at the appropriate time together with me. Once ready to do that, I’ve opened the mics”.
Stellar folk with a haunted Gothic touch. The Italians have always done this kind of thing gloriously well – long-time readers will no doubt remember Stefano Giaccone’s Howth Castle (from around 1993). This is the first time I’ve had a chance to hear The Child of a Creek, but his Terrascopic references are impeccable, having gigged with Marissa Nadler, toured with Sharron Kraus and had a song featured on a Silber Records compilation; and his discography is fairly expansive as well, including the CDs ‘Once Upon a Time the Light through the Trees’ from 2005 and ‘Unicorns Still Make Me Feel Fine’ from 2008. A talented one-man multi-instrumentalist, The Child of a Creek’s latest album ‘Find Shelter Along the Path’ is the musical diary of a day spent in the mountains, evoking the sensation of the cold, snow-laden winds blowing across exposed skin, the views of the distant peaks and the sight of frost-whitened trees. The album opens with the beautifully evocative ‘Winterland’. I was immediately reminded on hearing it of the early work of Nigel Mazlyn Jones, which is no bad thing. It was an impression, although no more, which was to carry on throughout the album. ‘Where the Cold Wind Blows’, my personal favourite cut on here – and also the longest, at a little over 5 minutes - features layers of echo-laden guitars. ‘The Golden Light’ follows behind seamlessly, with lyrics that speak volumes of that day on a mountainside. The jaunty instrumental ‘The Silent Valley’ introduces some zither and balalaika, and the closing ‘Secret Passages’ shows the acoustic and semi-acoustic guitar interplay off at its best. I really like this album and sincerely wish I’d heard his / their work before. It’s never too late to catch up though, and I’ll definitely be following The Child of a Creek's future travels with considerable interest. (Phil Mc Mullen/ Terrascope, UK)
To the presence of Child of A Creek all of those music categories such as avant-folk, nu folk, new weird America born in the last 10 years etc stay aside. The album which hides behind the one man band Lorenzo Bracaloni it’s pure acoustic folk with gothic touch created with acoustic guitars, electric guitars, flute, piano, balalaika, synthetizers and percussions with its 70s oriented arrangements (who does remind the use of a zither after Brian Eno’s Days of Radiance?) , with its rich vocal harmonies in a progressive way. “A diary of an experience across the mountains; an impervious path through snow, ice and intimacy in a late winter day” that’s what the author says about the record he has recorded all alone. This album is an intelligent synthesis for who loves things like the apocalyptic folk from Durtro, John Renbourn’s first two records released by Transatlantic and neo-medioevalism from Espers.
(Andrea Prevignano/ Rumore)
“Find A Shelter Along the Path” is the third album by The Child of A Creek and we know that he was born in ’78 in a small noisy industrial town somewhere in Italy. This is a very wonderful record full of inspiration as the author says: “A diary of an experience across the mountains; an impervious path through snow, ice and intimacy in a late winter day”. I don’t know, maybe it’s the moment, but it’s raining outdoor while I’m writing the review; it’s March and the spring knocks on our doors. First of all, are his guitars’s strings to hold mine for joy and emotion: clear, bright, agreeably psychedelic (don’t care if they come from a 12string acoustic guitar or from a 6string acoustic guitar) and they remind to me Conny Veit of Popol Vuh in the “Hosianna Mantra” era and Christina Carter’s liquid dreams. You can hear here and there the reverberated strings of an ancient zither and/or a russian balalaika, the measured and the effective echoes coming out from an electric piano, flute melodies and synthetizers ethereal brushstrokes. And his voice: suffered and intense. To say “Buckley” could be not appropriate, but The Child of A Creek has got the necessary ductility and possibilities. If all of this could be not enough, it’s The Child of A Creek’s songwriting which catches our attention: radiant and poetic at the same time. These songs - Winterland, Where the Cold Wind Blows, The Silent Valley, Aurora, Wolves are Good Friends, the incredible Secret Passages – will be only “wintersongs” for someone to stay in company or to find shelter along the road, but they will be the vivid come back of remembrances, the intimate landscape recall and the scent of its animals, the silences, the forgotten imprints, the secret passages. Enchanting. (Gino Dal Soler/ Blow Up Magazine)
Ever taken a walk in the woods and just wanted something perfect for the trek? Well, here you go. The Child of a Creek is Italian folk artist Lorenzo Bracaloni. He has collected nine microcosmic tracks of his own woodland excursion through the mountains. Nature does something to us. It touches our heart as we gaze upon its humble majesty. It gives us pause for thought as we recognize our insignificance and mortality. And it gives us a peace from the busyness that we have lamentably created for ourselves. Such “vagabond” musings are at the center of Lorenzo’s lyrics. Within “The Golden Light” he declares, “There’s a treasure kept inside a cave; I am looking for, I hope to find; It’s not gold, but consciousness; It’s not gold, but something to better myself, to have nothing to regret.” This kind of romantic yearning for something more, something intangibly satisfying, is a mature renouncement of everything that the banal influence of the media tells us we should seek after. I also love how the acoustic emotionalism bleeds with sincere poetry in its strings. I can just imagine him seated upon a log, a mosaic of leaves blustering around him, and soulfully partnering his voice with his instrument in a duet between his fleshly vocal chords with the organic notes of his wooden guitar. Flute, zither, balalaika, electric piano, minimal synthesizer and percussion also find their way into the forest of his heart. One of the most earnestly genuine albums that I’ve heard in a while. Make sure to take a look at this one. (Dave Miller/ Foxy Digitais, US)
Lorenzo Bracaloni aka The Child of A Creek he’s almost 32 years old and he lives the music with great intensity since 20 years. He’s a guitarist (not only a guitarist) and a songwriter, talented singer with a peaceful and a lunar voice, he’s a DIY and Nature lover. He’s just landed with “Find A Shelter Along the Path” – son of a magical solitary walk across the mountains – to the third album, after his first mini record entiled “Once Upon a Time the Light through the Trees” and his 2nd album entitled “Unicorns still make me feel Fine”. At this point it’s clear that tuscan songwriter moves in the field of a bucolic folk and where its fair and ethereal plots show a light psych breath. Nine suggestive and winding episodes suspended between earth and sky which reminds to the intimate american/scandinavian songwriting, they possess their own soul and together they compose a record of clear beauty, overwhelming in spite of the soft tones here but very effective to evoke Nick Drake as well as Pearls Before Swine as well as early Popol Vuh as well ass Scott Kelly as well as Songs: Ohia or Boduf Songs. (Federico Gugliemi, Il Mucchio Magazine)
I am The Child of A Creek. I've released 8 records up 'till now and have shared the stage together with Artists like Carla
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