The Painted Caravan is a collaboration helmed by Peter Ulrich, former percussionist for the iconic Dead Can Dance. The album reflects international influences that are ancient, modern or immediately contemporary and may call to mind bands as varied as Dead Can Dance, Cocteau Twins, Pentangle, Pink Floyd, Traffic, The Beatles, Arcade Fire, Mumford and Sons, The Decemberists, Fleet Foxes, Johnny Flynn, Laura Marling and Beirut.
The Painted Caravan is not intended to be merely a collection of tracks. The album hopes to take you on a musical journey. Think of it as a magic caravan exploring mysterious lands, making various stops along the way, visiting exalted cathedrals, dark castles with sometimes terrifying dungeons, cities, towns and villages populated with strange and wonderful folk. It is a magical mystery tour of an entirely different kind.
Some of the scope of the Painted Caravan can be indicated by a brief description of the tracks including "Hanging Man," a tale of jealous love and eternal retribution, "Love's Skeleton," a story of love that never dies, "Starship(Golden Eye)," a recounting of a trip through the universe to find a long-lost love, "Drug of War," a tale of a former soldier's addiction to the adrenalin rush of warfare and "Pureland," a mystic chant that carries one to a place of perfect peace and perfect understanding. As these titles amply reflect, The Painted Caravan is, in part, a portrait of love, in all of its protean manifestations.
And it is with love that The Peter Ulrich Collaboration offers what we think is a very special album to our very special listeners. We hope you enjoy The Painted Caravan.