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6 Degrees Entertainment

Title - Two Rivers
Artist - John Sloman

For those not in the know, former Uriah Heep, Gary Moore Band, and Lone Star front man John Sloman has just released a rather fascinating video for his new single This River Is A Time Machine, taken from his brand new new solo album Two Rivers (out now via Red Steel Music label).

Gifted with a multi-octave vocal range and also a multi-instrumentalist musician, John Sloman is a renaissance man with a singular musical vision brought to mesmeric life on his magnificent new solo album.

As a personal record, Two Rivers documents Johnís journey from his childhood home city of Cardiff to treading the well-beaten path to London and his encounters in the music business fronting major headline bands.

Two Rivers is a compelling cocktail of songwriting that blends crucial chapters of Johnís life in song and verse. In essence, Two Rivers is a distillation of his eclectic musical progress from Lone Star to Uriah Heep, his adventures with UFO and The Gary Moore Band and his Todd Rundgren produced debut solo album Disappearances Can Be Deceptive.

Adopting Cardiffís River Taff and Londonís River Thames as metaphors, Johnís stream of consciousness observations pour forth from his deep well of memories. Populated with sublime songs wrapped around sharply observed personal postcards of a remarkable life Two Rivers simply has to be heard to be believed.

1. Two Rivers
2. This River Is a Time Machine
3. Caerdydd (City on the River)
4. Scenes from An Old Biscuit Tin
5. From the Taff to the Thames
6. Londinium
7. Blackweir
8. When I Go Home
9. Rest in Peace (For Sylvy)
10. Charing Cross Moon
11. 70s Sunday
12. Walking Along the Taff
13. The Last Coalminer
14. Farewell to London Town

This soundtrack to a life less ordinary (where most all tracks have a spoken word intro) opens with the title trackís prophetic opening lines: Two rivers flow through my mind - the one I see before me and the one I left behind," and continues onward with the Eastern-imbibed rhythms of This River Is a Time Machine, the euphoric storytelling within Caerdydd (City on the River), tambourine-laden, hurdy gurdy ambiance of Scenes from An Old Biscuit Tin, the harmonica-driven, fist-clenched From the Taff to the Thames and then we get the theatrically-charged Londinium and the balladry of Blackweir.

Next up is the personal heartbeat felt within the gently frenetic When I Go Home and the languishing gossamer of Rest in Peace (For Sylvy) and they are in turn backed by the troubadour-inspired urgency of heed within Charing Cross Moon, the flashback blues within 70s Sunday, the rhythmically melodical Walking Along the Taff, the album rounding out on the operatic The Last Coalminer, closing on the instrumentally acoustic, yet scattered with vocalized sentiment Farewell to London Town.

As John says, The River Taff and the River Thames have come to personify this unrelenting tug of love I have experienced for most of my adult life. I left the one with a spring in my youthful step. But with so many of those who once walked beside me now gone to that great river in the sky, I regret all the days I was away. This album is for them - and for those of you still being torn in two by your own two rivers.

This memorial theme is taken further on the new single This River Is A Time Machine that explores the memory bank simile of these constant yet fluid and life-giving channels delivered with a heartfelt passion by John.

Revisiting his childhood on the song Scenes From An Old Biscuit Tin, John explains the songís inspiration: On school mornings, as I ate my porridge, I would lose myself in images of Elizabethan London adorning the family biscuit tin, while dreaming that I might one day, go there - London, that is.

And going to London is exactly what John did, which he superbly documents on Londinium and Charing Cross Moon, and achieving a substantial measure of success in doing so that established him as a major player in the late 70s and 1980s rock music scene and his continuing solo career.

There is a pleasant surprise in store for fans of John Sloman with the Avant-garde nature running right through this record. Think experimental Frank Zappa and late-period Scott Walker meeting the acoustic elements of Led Zeppelin and your imagination will be stoked by the captivating contents of this unique and exceptional album.

Two single releases This River Is A Time Machine followed by The Last Coalminer have non-album B sides and both are accompanied by videos for each single release.

A compilation of Johnís solo works, Conspectus, will follow on from the release of Two Rivers as will a remastered series of Johnís solo albums.

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