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Chi Mi Bhuam

by Burd Ellen

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CHI MI BHUAM is the latest single from burd ellen, solo project of Debbie Armour (Alasdair Roberts, Green Ribbons). It was released 5th July as a limited edition clear, lathe-cut 7 inch on Sheffield label Sonido Polifonico. The track is a gentle, experimental vocal work using a fragment of an ode to the Isle of Mull written by John MacFadyen. The B-side is an intricate and impactful remix by long-time Mogwai collaborator Luke Sutherland, under his Rev Magnetic project name.

Debbie says: "I grew up on Mull and I have quite a complicated relationship to the place. I made this work after my last visit as a way to explore my feelings of being stranded and isolated as a young person. The melody and the lyric are so beautiful and I was really drawn to the song, but I was seeking to sort of subvert the idea of the "ode" and look at a more nuanced way of exploring the themes of repetition, perpetuity and situation.

I love the work that Luke has done on the remix. It's such an interesting, full and rich counterpoint to the minimal approach of my version. But no less evocative and emotional."

The video which accompanies the release was also made by Armour using found 16mm footage of wreck diving off Shetland. Stills from the video will come with this download, as well as full sleeve artwork from the original vinyl release.

"I'm immensely proud of this work. It feels like a complete, 360° piece of art. It's a highly personal piece and I'm so grateful to Sonido Polifonico, Luke and my engineer Jer Reid (Painted X-Ray, Claquer, Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra) for holding it all with such love and care."


released December 3, 2019

Air a dhèanamh le Iain MacPhaidein à Muile
Performed by burd ellen

a: Arr burd ellen, Recorded and Mixed by Jer Reid

b: Arr burd ellen & Rev Magnetic, Additional Recording and Mix by Rev Magnetic Mastered by Jer Reid


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Burd Ellen Glasgow, UK

Burd Ellen is a collaborative project featuring Debbie Armour (Alasdair Roberts, Green Ribbons) and Gayle Brogan (Pefkin, Barrett’s Dottled Beauty). The group uses traditional song to explore and evoke dark landscapes and deep stories. Innovative instrumentation, drone and sound-wash support detailed vocal work to create a unique sonic atmosphere. ... more


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