Tarblossom | Enter the Gates (Pilgrim Psalms, Vol. 3)

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Enter the Gates (Pilgrim Psalms, Vol. 3)

by Tarblossom

Tablossom's "Enter the Gates" is the third acoustic EP of "Pilgrim Psalms", consisting of original compositions inspired by old-time and Appalachian string band music.
Genre: Folk: String Band
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1. Come with Me (Prelude)
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2. Zion Hill (Psalm 134)
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3. City of God (Psalm 48)
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4. Who Shall Ascend? (Psalm 24)
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5. Soul Cast Down (Psalm 43)
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6. How Lovely Thy Dwelling (Psalm 84)
3:33 $0.99
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7. Judgment Loves (Psalm 99)
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8. Hallelujah (Psalm 100/150)
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9. The Old Churchyard
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The final volume of Tarblossom's acoustic trilogy of "Pilgrim Psalms", entitled "Enter the Gates", draws musical inspiration from the old-time and Appalachian string band music consisting in banjo, guitar, mandolin, violin, string bass, voice and light percussion. The choice to compose and record Pilgrim Psalms, Vol. 3 in the string band style involved more than just the desire to pay homage to another musical tradition contributing to Tarblossom's signature sound; it is itself integral to the album's concept.

In the previous two volumes of banjo and bottleneck blues tunes, the psalms of ascent formed the musical accompaniment to the pilgrim's travels through a breathtaking yet perilous landscape, from a far country toward the city whose architect and builder is God. Volume 3 finds the pilgrim near the end of his journey, within sight of the holy city perched on Mt Zion, uniting with fellow pilgrims before making the final ascent. As they hear the joyous sound of song and dance emanating from the city, played and performed by those pilgrims who have already preceded them, they join together with their own instruments and voices to call forth the strength and hope that they will need for the final, yet perhaps most arduous, effort.

Indeed, the final enemy to be overcome is death, and so accepting the invitation to "enter the gates" of the Lord will come with a price. In this journey there are no crowns without crosses, no tales of bloodless salvation. These pilgrims know that to find their lives in the end they must first lose them. Thus, they sing these songs in a defiant last stand, confident that death will not have the last word.

All lyrics taken from the 1650 Scottish Psalter, except for "The Old Churchyard" which is an old hymn in the public domain.

Music written, recorded, mixed and mastered by Jonathan Kleis, March–May 2019.

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