1. The Siren Songs
2. Dinah & The Beautiful Blue
3. Scars And Glasses
8. For Now
9. Betty Caine
10. All That Numbs You
The exquisite album The Opiates by Thomas Feiner & Anywhen - expanded, beautifully re-packaged and re-mastered. Available exclusively from Samadhisound.
Born in Gothenburg, Sweden, Feiner was the frontman of Anywhen throughout the 90s, working with a core group of Mikael Andersson Tigerström on bass, Kalle Thorslund on drums, and Jan Sandahl on guitar. Originally recorded in 2001, The Opiates was to be the band’s third full-length album, and its last.
For the few that got to hear the original release of The Opiates it was an absorbing, captivating experience featuring the deep, rich vocals of Thomas Feiner – but it was a project that'd once threatened to go unfinished. Whilst the album began as a group effort, the band Anywhen dissolved in the two years it took to complete – leaving Feiner to finish the project alone.
On the Scott Walker-like ballad Dinah and the Beautiful Blue, Feiner tests his lowest register over the brooding strings of the Warsaw Radio Symphony Orchestra. Atmospheric ballads blend seamlessly with more traditional rock songs such as Mesmerene, and the album’s romantic impulses temper its intricate arrangements - like the swirling woodwinds and delusional guitar of Postcard, or the gentle woodwinds on Toy, which echo Mark Hollis’ self-titled album.
This updated, re-packaged and newly mastered edition of The Opiates includes two of Feiner’s more recent songs: Yonderhead, and For Now, which was also featured in the German film Love in Thoughts. For many this will be the first they have heard of Feiner, and it comes several years after Sylvian first heard the album, which he regards as a lost classic since it never came out in many territories.
Sylvian recalls, “The dark, brooding, romantic nature of the material and, in particular, the emotional gravity of Thomas' voice, came as something of a surprise to me as it was quite out of keeping with my listening habits of the time but I couldn't help but be drawn into its widescreen, colour-drained, soundscapes.”
Presented as ever in a beautiful digipak designed by Chris Bigg, featuring exquisite images of Jean Cocteau and Marcel Khill taken by Cecil Beaton.
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Track 5. Yonderhead