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Constellation of Birds

by Agent Starling

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    CD in cardboard wallet with full artwork. This CD includes all 9 tracks on album Constellation of Birds plus the CD includes 3 bonus tracks, The Northern Lights Trilogy. Note that The Northern Lights Trilogy download is available separately.

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Valley to Mountainside Valley to mountainside high up and look down at sea salt to ozone and fly out and don’t look back Valley to mountainside climb up and look out and tumble back down Valley to mountainside high up and look down at sea salt to ozone and fly out and don’t look back Valley to mountainside climb up and fly out and Don’t look back © Lou Duffy-Howard
Staying in, looking out Looking back, moving on, Looking in, staying out Moving back, staying in Leave no trace, take no more
Paqaratz 03:25
Paqaratz in the city and they’re gnawin’ at each other Gonna round ‘em up and send ‘em off and bring in another Paqaratz in the cabinet what we gonna do Gonna pick ‘em up and pack ‘em off and bring in a new Paqaratz in the city and they’re getting in a stew There’s a sage in the gallery takin’ in the view And the Doc’s in the science lab cookin’ up a brew And the rats in the cabinet are jumpin’ at each other Gonna pick ‘em up and pack ‘em off and bring in another Paqaratz © Lou Duffy-Howard
Midsommer 04:21
Sun, stand still, fires burn, I will swim in waters that shine, and flow towards the rising sun Sun, stand high, and long, come dance through the waves, and hear the song that heralds the dawn Sun, stand still, fires burn, I will herald the dawn © Lou Duffy-Howard
Look at me I’m Julia, this is my tiara Place it gently on my brow, brush my hair to one side Here I come I’m Julia, walking like a princess Very softly spoken, talking like a princess Look at me I’m Julia, my dress is like a ballgown Chiffon and taffeta, crinkles when I spin round Let me in I’m Julia, you know who my mother is? I know who my father is, my birth right, I know it is Julia sashays down the hall Julia flies like a swan Julia stands by the wall Everyone knows she’s the one Everyone knows she’s the swan, she’s the one She’s Julia the princess, stepping through the old town Don’t think she doesn’t know, you’re wishing her to fall down Fall down, fall down Julia the princess get up and beat it, Julia the princess , have your cake and eat it © Lou Duffy-Howard
Shadowland 03:04
When the ship comes in and the moon looks down Let’s raise a glass a glass to the sound of the sea As the waves go dancing over the sand And I catch my breath and raise my hand To the warm wind blowing across the bay Over the hills and far away So raise a glass as the night comes in And steal a kiss in the shadowland © Lou Duffy-Howard
The master mason studies the bare ground and sees the sacred building of his children's future His grandchildren’s house of prayer His great grandchildren’s sanctuary The master mason peers at the rock face and the quire rises up before him He stumbles over a rock fall and the nave emerges from the stones He spots a cairn, and the transept appears before his eyes Crosses a quarry and a tower materialises in the air The master mason hears the bells ring out loud and clear against the exposed precipice The master mason looks at a pile of stones and sees a cathedral Rock by rock in a lifetime the foundations take form Stone by stone a lifetime more to carve the arches To raise the beams, shape the vaults, set the gallery He won’t see it finished But he knows That this magnificent cathedral will live and breathe for generations thereafter That this green and blue planet will live and breathe for generations thereafter The visionary forester catches a spinning seed as it flies by She sees a mighty sycamore stand up tall The forester stakes a lone beech sapling And the dappled light of the future woodland flickers in her eye She gathers a handful of acorns and an ancient oak wood grows high up before her Season by season, little by little the foliage becomes dense, and the forest deepens She won’t see it mature But she knows That this green and blue planet will live and breathe for generations henceforth Rivers will flow clean and clear Oceans will teem with life The air will be fresh and pure Daylight clear and luminous The night sky shimmering with planets Afar © Lou Duffy-Howard


Agent Starling release their second album ‘Constellation of Birds’.

Written and recorded by Agent Starling’s Lou Duffy-Howard and Quentin Budworth the album features seven new original songs telling stories inspired by the environment in the contemporary world and influenced by musical traditions from nations across Europe, together with Agent Starling’s arrangements of two traditional tunes, O’Carolan’s Irish waltz Bridget Cruise and Swedish polska Hälleforsnäsar.

Agent Starling’s original songs span a joyful celebration of the summer solstice - Midsommer, to the song of an alien stranded on Earth - Leave No Trace. Paqaratz is an observation of the band’s dissent with the British government. Shadowland depicts a mysterious chance meeting by the dark sea, while dance track Princess Julia tells a fairy tale of a royal pretender and her secret. Valley to Mountainside, with its compound time signature changes and layered overlapping harmonies extols the beauty of nature, and in the album’s closing spoken word track - The Stonemason’s Dream - Agent Starling call for cathedral-thinking in the modern world to preserve it.

Quentin and Lou both have strong musical provenance. Lou was originally in recently reformed prophetic UK Indie band Red Guitars and has gigged and recorded ever since, currently heading up psychedelic rock band Loudhailer Electric Company. Originally part of Suns of Arqa, hurdy-gurdy specialist Quentin is the force behind world fusion medieval rave band Celtarabia. Agent Starling are preparing to tour in 2023.

Debut album European Howl was internationally well received, making number one in the EthnoCloud Mediterranean music chart 2021.

"Experimental hurdy-gurdy on duo’s impressive debut. European Howl is a complex, immersive and at times disorienting listening experience." (SONGLINES July 2021)

“I doubt very much that you will hear anything quite like this anywhere else in current music... Truly wondrous.” (Review of Northern Lights by Neil March in Trust the Doc Issue 62 December 2022)

“Sounding like the musical offspring of Sufjan Stevens and Steve Reich” Tom Robinson BBC 6 Music

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released February 25, 2022

Agent Starling are Quentin Budworth hurdy-gurdy and Louise Duffy-Howard aka Lou Loudhailer voices & other instruments, also featuring special guest Dexter Duffy-Howard on violin and cello. Recorded in Yorkshire UK by Agent Starling, the album was mastered in Oregon by Kevin Carafa. All songs written and composed by Lou Duffy-Howard and Quentin Budworth with lyrics by Lou Duffy-Howard, except Hälleforsnäsar and O’Carolan’s Bridget Cruise trad arr. Agent Starling. Album cover by Agent Starling based on the original artwork by Karl Wilhelm de Hamilton (1668–1754) The Parliament of Birds.

‘Constellation of Birds’ by Agent Starling is released on Bandcamp on Friday 25th February, with full digital release on March 25th 2022 on the DHM record label, catalogue number DHM032.


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