PANTALEIMON

 

‘The Butterfly Ate The Pearl’ (Grass Girl Music 2013) is the fourth long player by English singer-songwriter and composer Andria Degens, better known by her stage and recording name Pantaleimon.


The follow up to 2008’s remix and collaboration collection ‘Heart Of the Sun’, it features nine new original tracks including the download video singles 'If I (Was)' and 'Another World'. Written and recorded during 2011/12 in her home studio, and co-produced with Hugo Race, ‘The Butterfly Ate The Pearl’  is a more psychedelic offering and a real progression of sound and without doubt her most accomplished release to date.  Degens not only writes, records and provides vocals, but plays a diverse range of instruments and effects including guitar, keyboard, Indian harmonium, distorted and delayed Appalachian dulcimers, bass, samples, loops, pedal board, fx, vibra, bells, tambourine and sansula. She also brings together an array of eclectic and renowned musicians for this album, to elevate each track to their full potency – Hugo Race (Bad Seeds), Will Oldham (Bonnie Prince Billy),  James Blackshaw, Otto Hauser (Vertiver), Jay Darlington (Oasis, Kula Shaker), and Steve Finnerty (Alabama 3), to name a few. The result is a cinematic soundscape, with her gorgeous and heartbreaking voice leading the way, and sounding like nothing else around.