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'Through a Glass Darkly have created an extraordinarily evocative sound world of tone and colour that seems to transcend the space between near and far, and captures that strange ambiguity that can both frighten and comfort us in dreams.'

'Oneiric means to suggest, or relate to, dreams. But here they are not dreams in the romantic sense, or that convey soft-hued narratives. Rather, they are dreams that are made up of the million and one images of life, ordinary life, transfigured into the extraordinary by the diverse and yet sympathetic musical worlds of these three musicians. It's a unique sound that consciously eschews melody and traditional virtuosity. Its images are images of colour and shape and texture that start within, and then look out.

Like dreams, the music was not planned, rather it emerges organically, intuitively, and vibrantly. In that sense, I am inclined to liken it more to the intuitive music of Karlheinz Stockhausen around the turn of the 1970s than with what we commonly think of as improvisation – music that reflects something inner, within ourselves and each other. It's music that gives you a glimpse into private dreams, into shared dreams. Close your eyes and you will find your own dreams emerge as well.

It is a hint of where the ever-transforming expanse of language might take us next.'

- Ian Parsons, The Sound Barrier, December 2016


released June 26, 2017

Sam McAuliffe - guitar
Tony Hicks - woodwinds
Mark Shepherd - moog synth & double bass

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Leo Dale at WeFo studios:

Cover photograph by Caroline Welsh
Cover design by Tony Hicks & Sam McAuliffe

Copyright Sam McAuliffe 2016


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Sam McAuliffe Melbourne, Australia

Sam McAuliffe is a musician from Melbourne, Australia.
He performs across a variety of disciplines including free improvisation, sound art, noise/rock, jazz, blues, and folk.

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