Kate Bush

Aerial Tal

in Aerial


A sea of honey
A sky of honey

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About "Aerial Tal"

“Aerial Tal” is the sixth installment from the “An Endless Sky of Honey” song suite. Like with tracks like “Prelude” and “The Painter’s Link”, it acts more as an interlude or bridge rather than as an individual song.

The “Tal” of the title is refers to Kate’s incorporation of Indian classical music’s rhythmic structure, “Tala”. Rather than a hand clap or strike of a percussive instrument, Kate uses her voice and the calls of a bird to establish the rhythms of the sing-and-repeat nature of the track. Although each melody appears to get longer in length as the track goes on, musical phrases within each melody tend of have rhythmic groupings of 2, 3 or 4 notes, something also very in common with Tala.

There are no lyrics for the majority of the song, but Kate uses a small choir of background vocals to guide the listener to believe they can hear the phrases “A sea of honey” and “A sky of honey” in the warble of a wood pidgeon. These, of course, are the names of the two suites making up the album, but also lyrics from previous track “Sunset” and act as a symbol of the end of dusk and the beginning of twilight.

The song was later performed live as an extended version in Act Three of the Before the Dawn residency and a live recording was released on the album of the same name in late 2016.

Aerial Tal Track info

Publisher Noble and Brite Ltd.
Copyright © Noble and Brite Ltd.
Phonographic Copyright ℗ Noble and Brite Ltd.
Remastering Engineer Bernie Grundman
Lyricist Kate Bush
Vocals Kate Bush
Engineer Del Palmer
Keyboards Kate Bush
Assistant Engineer Chris Bolster
Mixing Engineer Del Palmer
Mastering Engineer James Guthrie