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10 years after the debut release Carnival Of Soul, the follow-up album Ostara was written and recorded in opposite corners of the world, the songs of Ostara were born in two places: Hannah‘s log cabin at the foot of a mountain in California and Steve‘s home studio in rural Buckinghamshire, England. These two backdrops have produced a family of tracks that boast a unique identity. American grassroots have crept into the bands otherwise English folk-inspired style! Stobart has a lovely ethereal quality to her voice, which shows to advantage in the whole record. Ostara features some delicate and ghostly harmonies, some mandolin and understated guitars providing an understated backdrop to the vocals. Rothery excels himself, playing some fi ne acoustic guitars and when Rothery does let go with one of his trademark solos, he, as ever, makes the instrument sing.
The album was produced and engineered by Rothery and mixed by Michael Hunter,who also produced the two most recent Marillion albums. Hunter also contributed additional keyboards and percussion. The artwork is by Spanish artist Antonio Seijas, who had created the artwork for Marillion‘s Happiness is the Road (2008). Rothery‘s wife Jo and daughter Jennifer are credited for additional backing vocals and cover design, respectively. The drummer is Hannah‘s husband Paul Craddick.