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Moss Covered Technology :: And His Many Seas

Moss Covered TechnologyAnd His Many Seas” ★ Self-released ★ Released 30 April 2018 ★

‘His Many Seas’ is a personal voyage, as the artist’s father was suffering from cancer at the time of the album being written. A well-travelled man, ‘His Many Seas’ sets sail to quietly conquer and navigate another unexplored, painful continent: the frightening landmass of coming to terms with his father’s illness, steering through the trials of life as well as acting as a dedication to his father’s love of travelling. The illness itself heralded the beginnings of a new journey. Recalling the feel of the Arctic Ocean, ‘His Many Seas’ thematically revolves around exploration, and the release includes vintage nautical Nories tables, Elisha Kent Kane – Arctic Exploration inserts along with ‘famous explorer’ double side prints.

Stepping bravely out into icy waters and leaving behind a port always known, that being a lifetime of familiarity, comfort, and love, Moss Covered Technology paints a cold sea composed of blue tones, the chilled air seeping into the cabins of the heart through cracks in its frost-rimmed windows. Through this crack, feelings of sadness, anxiety and hopelessness slither in, making a nest in the heart of the ship. Some of the background textures clink and creak, like the breaking of ice, and the record charts a melancholic course. ‘His Many Seas’ is the sound of an ending, but it’s also a maiden voyage.

Soaked textures and sparse, frostbitten melodies loop in the frigid air, almost as if they can’t remember their place, or where they are in relation to everything else. The grey sea looks the same. Its horizon never differs. But music can act as a compass, a North Star, in times of trouble, during tempests and unquiet seas, and this ambient Polaris guides the artist back home. Music can return a soul to safe shores after a period of brokenness.

Vacant :: Origins

VacantOrigins” ★ Self-released ★ Released 20 January 2018 ★

Vacant`s first full-length album “Origins” is out now!

Artwork & Photography by Vacant.

Illuminations II (The New Year 2018 Charity Compilation)

➲ Various Artists “Illuminations II” ★ Label: Dronarivm ★ Released 05 January 2018 ★

30 exclusive tracks. About 3 hours of pure illuminations.

All money raised from this compilation will go to 4 Paws for Ability which enriches the lives of children with disabilities by training and placing quality, task-trained service dogs.

OGRE :: MURALS

OGREMURALS” ★ Self-released ★ Released 21 August 2017 ★

Murals is an all hardware performance, captured in one take to a haunted Tascam Portastudio.

A sound painting adventure in Kosmische sequencing, improvisation and imaginary landscapes.

Matteo Uggeri :: Grandpa

Matteo UggeriGrandpa” ★ Label: Fluid Audio ★ Released 04 August 2017 ★

Matteo Uggeri’s approach to musical composition has always been related to his personal experience in life; to recent, or more distant, memories. Differing from other experimental artists who also explore field recordings, he often delves within the walls of his own house, or those of his close acquaintances and family, for inspiration. The recent rediscovery, during his last house move, of an old cassette dating back to the 8th of December 1976, threw him back to the day when Lucio, his paternal grandfather, sort of interviewed Matteo when he was about two and half years old.

That shabby hissing tape became the starting point of a long composition, completed in one long night of July 2016. An ambient composition with a looped four minutes melody (gifted to him by Vincenzo Nava, another Italian musician known as Dramavinile), is interspersed with sparse melancholic notes of a Bontempi toy organ that Uggeri has owned since his early youth. This one-track-long CD, his first attempt at creating this type of musical journey, is now available on Fluid Audio.

The result is a deep and touching dive into blurred memories. The crackling hiss of Vincenzo Nava’s guitar melts into the ‘interview’ speeches of the Grandfather to the child, accompanied by the minimal echoed organ melodies by Matteo himself. The latter element is a very rare attempt at creating music other than through his loved, and hated, computer.

Empowered by the usual careful mastering of James Plotkin, the composition flows slow and crumbling for more than thirty melancholic minutes.

Adrian Lane :: Playing With Ghosts

Adrian LanePlaying With Ghosts” ★ Label: Preserved Sound ★ Releases 18 August 2017 ★

On his album “Playing With Ghosts“, Adrian Lane uses 100-year-old cylinder recordings as the starting point for new compositions – chopping them up, reordering them and playing along to build up a series of completely new compositions.

“I’ve always liked the idea of collage and often include this in my visual art,” says Adrian. “So I wanted to do something that incorporated this approach in my music.”

While the concept of Playing With Ghosts is similar to James Leyland Kirby’s The Caretaker project, Adrian uses the cylinder recordings to build up each piece so that it bears little resemblance to the original.

Piano Cloud Series :: Volume Three

➲ Piano Cloud Series “Volume Three” ★ Label: 1631 Recordings ★ Released 29 March 2017 ★

Piano Day is here!

Lorenzo Masotto :: Aeolian Processes

Lorenzo MasottoAeolian Processes” ★ Label: Dronarivm ★ Releases 17 March 2017 ★

Lorenzo Masotto’s journey with music began at the age of nine when he started playing piano. Graduating from Conservatorio di Verona, he consequently started studying composition and jazz.

He has published two albums, “Silk” in 2015 (Alfa music) and “Rule and Case” in the 2016 (Preserved Sound).

4 panel digipack, gloss finish • Edition of 200.

James Murray :: Killing Ghosts

James MurrayKilling Ghosts” ★ Label: Home Normal ★ Releases 28 February 2017 ★

Killing Ghosts‘ is a superb example of incredible sound design, beautifully textured melodies, and an album so complete in its vision from beginning to end.

Written & Produced by James Murray in the Black Mountains and at Slowcraft Studio.

Artwork by Małgorzata Łapsa-Malawska  Mastered by Ian Hawgood.

CD & Digital Edition • 4 panel reverse board card package in an edition of 500.

Himalaya Collective :: Healing Herbs

➲ Various Artists “Healing Herbs” ★ Himalaya Collective ★ Released 11 February 2017 ★

Healing Herbs – J Dilla X Nujabes Tribute.

In honour of This Two … Second beattape by himalaya collective. Chillout Dilla and Nujabes memorial mix. Almost every beat is exclusive.

Artwork by Coach Motel.

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