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Great news from The Joy Of Nature: Two wonderful albums!

Of the best bands of Neofolk is THE JOY OF NATURE from Azores. Our interviews with its mastermind Luís Couto You can read here - and here - Meanwhile, the band has great news - two new albums are out in this January and February: one on CD, another one on a very limited edition (50 copies) of MCs. Let us take a look deeper.

Mindaugas Peleckis
2018 m. Vasario 24 d., 14:06
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Great news from The Joy Of Nature: Two wonderful albums!

“Emptiness Is a Long Story ~ The First 12 Years Revisited” was released on CD. It’s a compilation of songs recorded and released during the first twelve years of The Joy of Nature’s existence. If one counts with the project that was on its origin – The Joy of Nature and Discipline – it’s already twenty years.

All songs feature new arrangements and mixes. Most of the vocal parts were re-recorded and even some lyrics and titles were changed.

The CD comes packaged in digipak, with an eight-page booklet including the lyrics of the songs both in Portuguese and English.

The Joy Of Nature ‎– Emptiness Is A Long Story - The First 12 Years Revisited
Released: 14 Feb 2018
I     Tanchão

    Written-By – Traditional

II     Senhora Do Almortão

    Written-By – Traditional

III     As Três Moiras Encantadas     4:01
IV     Sombras Dos Nossos Ancestrais     6:06
V     Ao Sol     4:11
VI     Twilight Of The Old King     3:02
VII     Winter Is Coming     4:07
VIII     A Song To The Sun     2:42
IX     Canção Do Desassossego

    Lyrics By – Fernando Pessoa

X     Silêncios Correm Nas Minhas Veias     4:00
XI     Breathing Your Name     2:42
XII     As The River Flows     4:25

    Artwork – LC*
    Lyrics By – LC* (tracks: III, IV, VI to VIII, X to XII)
    Music By – LC* (tracks: III to XII)

Track I : traditional from the Azores.
Track II : traditional from Beira Baixa
Track V : lyrics from a traditional Scottish poem

“Another View of The First 12 Years” is a compilation that complements “Emptiness Is a Long Story” and includes both unreleased tracks and new versions of old songs.

It was released on cassette (with its tracks also available on digital format), in a limited edition of 50 copies that comes with a postcard in a custom envelope.

The video of one of its tracks is available on youtube:

The Joy Of Nature ‎– Another View Of The First 12 Years
Released: 26 Jan 2018
A1     O Fogo Dos Ferreiros     
A2     Terra De Lava E De Mar     
A3     The Longest And Deepest Sleep     
A4     The Rain     
A5     The Empty Circle     
B1     This Floating World     
B2     Everything That Happens As A Lifeless Painting     
B3     A Evasão Das Fadas     

Limited to 50 copies.

Released as brown cassette shells enclosed with an O-card. Comes with a card and envelope with the name of each person who buys it.

A compilation of tracks ranging from 2006 to 2018. Featuring new and unreleased tracks, as well as new versions of old tracks.

Along these twelve years, The Joy of Nature was too prolific and, when one is too prolific, sometimes it’s difficult to keep consistency. The songs didn’t always come out the way they should and, only now, with more experience and other technical resources, it was possible to turn the songs into what was desired since the beginning. This is one of the reasons for the existence of these two compilations. The other is related to the fact that a chapter, related to the way the songs are created and recorded, is closed. From now on, maybe there won’t be huge aesthetic changes, but there will be changes in the way the songs are made.

These two records feature the collaborations of Amanda Votta (The Floating World), B. Ardo (Sangre Cavallum), Costa Barbosa (Arde Fero, Triarca), Gr Matteo (Igniis), Lídia Magalhães, Mara Neves (Ladybug), MJ and Troy Southgate (H.E.R.R., Seelenlicht).

Both records are available at:


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P.S. Reviews of the albums will be be published soon.