This is an exclusive release for Record Store Day 2017. Recorded in 1978 as a follow up to "Pacific Ocean Blue". Unreleased until 2008. Double gatefold coloured vinyl with new liner notes by Ken Sharp. Mp3 is from the digital download code from the vinyl.
The Russian composer Elena Langer, now resident in Britain, draws on influences from her native country (Shostakovich, especially in the chamber orchestration of these songs), from Britain (from Britten to Thomas Adès), and from continental Europe. As a song composer she is able to convey lightness even when dealing with serious material such as the title song cycle setting poems by Lee Harwood (most of the songs on the album are in English). These songs subtly depict love triangles, some of them with both straight and gay elements. Even better are the genuinely playful pieces.