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Far Off Country is the debut album from Letka. A collaboration between Irish vocalist Sandra O’Neill and English multi-instrumentalist Peter Chilvers with a guest appearance from Brian Eno, it seamlessly combines Country and Ambient influences in a uniquely ethereal way

From the album’s opening Beyond the Fold, featuring backing vocals and production from Eno, to the epic closing track I Dream a Highway, the six spacious tracks are a seamless blend of original compositions, reinterpreted country songs and cover versions. With rich sensual vocals, treated guitars, pedal steel and electronic textures, Far Off Country is a warm reflection of the desolate landscapes of the Mid West.

Peter Chilvers is best known for creating the acclaimed iPhone applications Bloom and Trope with Brian Eno, with whom he has also worked as a musical and technical assistant on projects including the soundtracks to The Lovely Bones and Spore, the collaboration with David Byrne and the Warp releases “Small Craft on a Milk Sea” and “Drums Between the Bells”. He has regularly collaborated with No-Man vocalist Tim Bowness, most notably on their 2001 album “California, Norfolk”, and more recently as Slow Electric. He has recorded several solo instrumental albums, and created the improvising collective A Marble Calm. Many of his albums have been released through Burning Shed, the online label he co-founded in 2001 with Bowness and Pete Morgan.

In addition to her studio albums with Letka, Sandra O’Neill is currently recording her debut solo album showcasing her layered vocals and guitars, and has contributed lead and backing vocals to numerous albums, most recently Jorge Mantas of The Beautiful Schizophonic. Her guest appearance with ambient collective A Marble Calm, was described by Brian Eno as ‘heart-breakingly beautiful’. In 2009 she collaborated with Chilvers on the iPhone app Air. Based on concepts developed by Brian Eno, Air assembles vocal and piano samples into a beautiful, still and ever changing composition, which is always familiar, but never the same.

Previous releases include the albums Embers and Nightshift, released as Alias Grace on Burning Shed.

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