Elements, Cloudland Blue Quartet

Released 5 February 2021


For background and individual credits on each piece, see the notes on the individual tracks.

Guitars, rhythm beds, samples, treatments, elements, cover “6822” (19 January, 2021) by David Reilly

Additional synths, programming, kick drum (2, 4, 7) by Edward Spark

Double Bass (3 pts III & IV) by Tim Webb

Drums (3 pt IV) by Jae Sinnett

Voice (1) by Anne Reilly

Produced by David Reilly for Crispycat Recordings

Executive Producer, Anne Reilly


Crispycat Studio, Edinburgh, UK, 2, 7, 13, 14, 26, 27, 30, 31 January 2021

“The Uncertainty of the Poet (1913)”; “A Mountainous Wooded Landscape with a Torrent (1655)”; “The Immaculate Conception of the Escorial (1678)” by Cloudland Blue Quartet from “Disquietmusik I”, recorded 8, 9 July 2017

“The Awakening Conscience (1853)”; “Reservoir (1961)” by Cloudland Blue Quartet from “Disquietmusik II”, recorded 4 November 2018

“The Stumbling Block (1991)”; “Tree Bones (1974)”; “Requiem for M Oppenheimer (1995)”; “Time Overcome by Hope, Love and Beauty (1627)”; “Industrial Facades (1975-1995)” by Cloudland Blue Quartet from “Disquietmusik III”, recorded 10 November 2019

“Frica As Fear (1950)”; “Vision of Ezekiel (1912)” by Cloudland Blue Quartet from “Disquietmusik IV”, recorded 22 November 2020

“How Do You Like Them Apples?” by Anne Reilly, recorded January 2020

“Bells” by Tim Webb from “Bass Improvisations”, recorded February 2006

Excerpt from “Jazz Drumming Improvisation” by Jae Sinnett 8 June 2016

Intro & Outro from the CBQ Clapping Mix of “Intercession” by Edward Spark (based on a piece by Andy Long), recorded January 2021

Short Wave Radio – Radio Peking (6 November 1970)

Sequencer line from Edward Spark “The Curse”, recorded January 2021

Treated excerpts from the Medici Quartet’s recording of Beethoven’s String Quartet in E flat major Op.74 2nd Movement, Adagio ma non troppo (amended to E Major)

Bonus Material

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For those who choose to download the album, there are ten bonus tracks with a combined running time of 58:06.

These comprise the four original individual parts of “The Uncertainty Block”, the three original individual parts of “Industrial Facades and Torment”, a 138BPM version of “The Uncertainty Block”, the full length version of the “Vision of Ezekiel Clapping Mix” of Edward Spark’s cover of Andy Long’s “Intercession” and the 120BPM version of that same track.

2021 Crispycat Recordings

© 2021 David Reilly

Cloudland Blue Quartet

Elements is a collection of new pieces created in January 2021 by Cloudland Blue Quartet, originally to be included on his long-running weekly podcast on Mixcloud (“Cloudland Blue Eclectic Selection”).

As the album’s title suggests, the pieces comprise “elements” – in this case re-workings, treatments and manipulations – of the “Disquietmusik” guitarscapes created (thus far) between 2017 and 2020 but with added rhythm beds and other inputs, to create these brand new works.

The material on two of the tracks, “Vision of Ezekiel” and “Industrial Facades and Torment” comprises that which CBQ added via his remixes to, respectively, a cover of Andy Long’s piece “Intercession” by Edward Spark and the latter’s own piece, “The Curse”.

For those who choose to download the album, there is a further cache of 10 bonus tracks, with a running time of 58 minutes.