Thurn & Taxis is the only release by Gorodisch, aka Stephen Cracknell. The recordings were put together during 2000 and the early part of 2001, bringing together traditional British folk-song and more synthetic influences, making for a thoroughly contemporary sound that's woozily out of time. With live cello provided by Stephen Wolff and horns by Primal Scream's Duncan Mackay embellishing Cracknell's guitar work and programming, it's an alluring voyage of restlessness and melody.
Thurn & Taxis is a nod to American author Thomas Pynchon's novel 'The Crying Of Lot 49', which traces oblique clues towards a shadowy courier company established in medieval Europe, long since driven underground. Gorodisch's album strongly evokes these ideas of secret communications and the way reality is coloured by the passage of time and memory. Beauty in confusion, if you like.