Thrice Thy Heart Shall Broken Be by Sara Ayers and Jeff Sampson

Sara Ayers and Jeff Sampson

Thrice Thy Heart Shall Broken Be

3 tracks

Running time: 0:18:59
Released: 06/2006

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  01   Thrice Thy Heart Shall Broken Be - 5:49
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  02   Not Even All The Stars - 5:58
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  03   Thrice Thy Heart...Sleepwalking Mix - 7:12
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Jeff Sampson and Sara Ayers, two renowned ethereal vocalists/composers, have collaborated on Thrice Thy Heart Shall Broken Be, a three-song CD EP that is at once haunting, foreboding and luminous.

Created with a sound palette made up entirely of vocals, the three works were composed, performed, recorded and produced jointly by the two musicians in their separate home studios.


Thrice Thy Heart Shall Broken Be – dark chanting, ringing overtones, and ominous vocal washes combine in a sinister yet sparkling atmosphere.

Not Even All The Stars – a plaintive meditation featuring gossamer vocals.

Thrice Thy Heart … (Sleepwalking Mix) – an alternate treatment of the lead track that evolves into a hypnotic and dreamlike journey.

Jeff Sampson, both solo and in his collaborative work with Akrude, Embracing The Glass, SanRenSei, Woosh and Tsuru, specializes in improvisation, live performance and live recording. Eclectic Earwig Music noted that “he can hum, croon, moan, chant like a Tibetan monk, chant like a Western monk, or sing high counter-tenor,” and Wind and Wire characterized his sound as evoking “grey skies, bare trees and lonely spaces.”

Sara Ayers creates unflinchingly intimate soundscapes using her voice -- sampled, layered, looped and pitch-shifted -- combined with occasional guitar washes and a warm bedrock of molten noise. Her richly textured sonic atmospheres vary in tone from the surreal whispers of angels to wall-of-sound banshee wails…. a soundtrack for forgotten dreams. Rhythm and News characterized her sound as “shimmering sonic poetry,” and The Kettle Black described it as “a must-have for fans of angelic voices.”