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Dirty Echo Spark

by The Maple Trail

Flight 01:11
New York 04:48
Crackdown 04:28
Rabbit 03:17
End Titles 06:35
Chandelier 06:32


Recorded at Aidan's home throughout the winter and spring of 2007, Dirty Echo Spark began as a semi-improvised multi-track jam, calling upon the soundscapes and solid folk-pop of On The Beach, Nashville Skyline, Tapestry, Tubular Bells and War of the Worlds

Dirty Echo Spark could be described as a collection of electric-folk epics; ragged and joyous, at times elegiac. The eclectic sounds that populate the songs are as much a part of the instruments used (Aidan having experimented with various forms of piano, mandolin, electric instruments, weird percussion and random household objects such as the barrel of a washing machine – recognizably thumping away in 'New York').

Aidan drew on his musical peers, friends and loved ones to help fill out the album instrumentally. Songwriters, friends and associates including Liam Judson (also of Belles Will Ring), Daniel Holdsworth, Des Miller, Sam Worrad, Mike Lloyd and Pip Smith.


released July 12, 2008

Written and Produced by Aidan Roberts
Mixed by Simon Berkfinger at BJB
Mastered by William Bowden at King Willy Sound

All instruments, vocals & found sounds by Aidan Roberts
Pip Smith on the Alto Sax, Vibraphone, Percussion & Vocals (2,3,7)
Mike Lloyd on the Trumpets (4),
Des Miller on the Violin & Vocals (2,4,10),
Liam Judson on Vocals (2),
Daniel Holdsworth & Sam Worrad on Drums & Bass Guitar (4,7)

Recorded through Winter & Spring,
largely at Aidans home in the Blue Mountains

Artwork by Katherine Brickman at Greedy Hen


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The Maple Trail NSW, Australia

The Maple Trail is something of a personal odyssey, a musical journey that has traversed the ravines of Sydney’s metropolitan limits and rearticulated itself across hundreds of hours of tape and performances.

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