Dead Can Dance drummer & This Mortal Coil collaborator’s 1999 album of ethereal folk is reissued on vinyl.
1. Taqaharu’s Leaving
2. Always Dancing
3. Life Amongst The Black Sheep
4. Journey Of Discovery
7. The Springs Of Hope
8. Time And A Word
Widely known for his past work as drummer/percussionist with legendary Dead Can Dance and contributor to 4AD’s This Mortal Coil, on this reissue of his 1999 Projekt release Ulrich emerged as a writer of hauntingly beautiful melodies and deeply poetic lyrics. “Pathways And Dawns” is packed with driving rhythms and meditative ritual patterns of percussion. With some inspired guitar-work, arrangement and production from DCD mastermind Brendan Perry, the result is a pure delight…
The album was recorded in two parts, the first in England in 1990, and the second after a long time break in 1996-97, by Brendan Perry at DCD’s Quivvy Church studio in Ireland. The album was released on CD in 1999 on the US label Projekt and was dubbed by critics as “the album the Beatles might have made had the group signed with 4AD instead of Capitol” and “a wonderful collection of songs that, while in the 4AD school, shimmers with an inner lightness that makes it very different”.
Mastered from Original master takes by Martin Bowes (Attrition).
A selection of quotes taken from published reviews of Projekt’s CD Release:
Pathways and Dawns is an excellent debut… a rich, well-made masterwork.
Losing Today, April 00
His first album is a remarkable piece moving on the edge between ethnic and medieval art pop music.
SideLine, August 99
Pathways and Dawns is a wonderful collection of songs that, while in the 4AD school, shimmers with an inner lightness that makes it very different from any other 4AD album.
Lexicon, September 99
Calming vocals, atmospheric backgrounds and tribal percussions make up a good chunk of this wonderful debut… The recording is top notch and it’s obvious that Ulrich put his heart into it. Do yourself a favor and check this out.
Under The Volcano, December 99
Ulrich makes his own way… from the majestic epic of the ten year old soldier Taqaharu to the joyous celebration of the source of inspiration on The Springs of Hope… dreamy lyrics a la Syd Barrett… This is a fine album by an artist I’d love to hear more from soon.
Ink Nineteen, August 99
It’s beautiful… it’s also very interesting in its choice of world-sound crossovers and skillful lyrics… emotionally poignant, poetic and in its own way, experimental.
New Age Voice, October 99
Ulrich successfully incorporates graceful folk music, powerful tribal beats and soothing synths into one enchanting full length effort.
Outburn, October 99