Compass Hour

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Troy Schafer and Nathaniel Ritter, our brethren behind the urfolk band Kinit Her and soon to be known for their work as Wreathes, have been collaborating with Eric Bray of Arctic Hospital since 2005. At that point they formed The World On Higher Downs, a band who would go on to release one full length album and one 7" single in 2007. Now this mysterious unit has shifted focus completely and changed their name to Compass Hour. The name change certainly seems appropriate because their music is so dramatically different, though the line up remains the same, Compass Hour is a new and unique band. This trio, with the assistance of Nathan Tarrant and Vincent Wachowiak, sets aside the daylight of their previous project and serve up a shimmering moonlight ritual. Imagine the ritualistic prog of early Algarnas Tradgard or the witchy melodies of Comus filtered through the cyclical sensibilities of the Theatre of Eternal Music. This album is winding songs of pastoral nightwalks through the northern forests. A processional trance folk band decorated in tense and elegaic arrangements, weary strings and brass, exotic percussion pushing the march while leaving behind only the earthly sinister vibrations that pulse throughout.

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released December 28, 2010

Composed, Recorded, & Produced by Troy Schafer, Eric Bray, & Nathaniel Ritter in Wisconsin. 2007-2009.

With the assistance of Vincent Wachowiak & Nathan Tarrant.

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Brave Mysteries Wisconsin

A label currently releasing limited runs of high-calibre experimental musics on tape: The Cassette Qabal; and LPs: Vinyl Mysteries. This is the digital division, where you will find streams of entries in our catalog, exclusive releases, and digital versions of now out of print cassettes. ... more

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