Saturday, November 18, 2017

Presenting ... Beyond the Infinite (waag_rel107) by Cousin Silas & Kevin Lyons



I believe in the power of music to inspire and to heal.

That's a bit of a cheesy thing to say, I know, but I believe it to be true.

When I set out on the weareallghosts journey, it wasn't to make money or to strike it big. No, it was to give something back to the DIY music community that has nourished me over the years ... to bring some happiness into an unhappy world ... to light the proverbial candle to shine out in the darkness. I think I have achieved that.

So today, regardless of all the voices that say I am just not good enough ... regardless of all the closed doors ... regardless of what others think ... I can lift my head up and say: I made this happen! I took an idea and brought it into being ... and I did it with the help and support of people I am proud to call my friends.

I couldn't have started weareallghosts without the support of Cousin Silas and I wouldn't have kept going for over 5 years if it wasn't for the encouragement of Kevin Lyons. I am proud, so very proud, to call them dear friends and look forward to our annual meet-ups in deepest, darkest Yorkshire.

It is, then, with the greatest of pleasure to offer out a further instalment in their ongoing partnership: "Beyond the Infinite (waag_rel107)" is their sixth release as a duo and by far one of their best. Their atmospheric ambient music is the perfect accompaniment to the best in science or weird fiction, pairing effortlessly with the likes of H.P. Lovecraft. Delicate, open, and unsettling; their music makes the Cyclopean architecture of such stories as "In the Mountains of Madness" come alive for me, especially the illustrated version by I. N. J. Culbard, which I read while having my first listen to the submission.

Yes, there are beats. "Lost Horizons" is a prime example of Silas and Lyons' measured approach to percussion ... but this is, to me, more about the atmospherics. "Grey Steel Skies" and the title track, "Beyond the Infinite", are truly exemplary of music that is so much more than music, it is feeling ... an eerie, unsettling, weird feeling that I just soak up like a sponge. If that's your kind of thing then this is your kind of thing!

As before, my thanks goes to Cousin Silas ... Warren DalyKevin Lyons ... Adrian Nicholls ... Drew Miller ... and the wonderful waag community ... for their generous support.
A 320kbps version of this release will be available, for free, over on Archive with a lossless version available here on Bandcamp for ‘pay what you want’.

I really hope you enjoy the latest release from Cousin Silas and Kevin Lyons as much as I have.

- Thomas

PS: grateful thanks to Andreas Schwietzke for the use of another of his illustrations, it is so fitting and perfectly in tune with the music.







Sunday, October 22, 2017

Presenting ... Cousin Silas (waag_rel106)




Cousin Silas' music is a familiar constant in my life. His albums hold a place in my heart along with my favourite books and films; and yet I still get excited when I receive an album from him, eagerly awaiting what new direction he has taken or sound he has returned to.

Cousin Silas (waag_rel106) is a fabulous return to the ambient soundscapes of his early weareallghosts releases ... there is something of "The Path Between The Trees (waag_rel001)" in this self-titled release ... a wee sprinkling of magic that makes the hair on the back of my neck stand on end.

This is Cousin Silas' 185th release (not all with weareallghosts, may I add) and it is great to hear the magic is still there, vibrant and pregnant with possibility.

Thanks to the generous support of folks like Cousin Silas ... Warren Daly … Kevin Lyons ... Adrian Nicholls ... Drew Miller ... and the wonderful waag community ... I’m proud to be able to offer a 320kbps version of this release for free over on Archive with a lossless version available on Bandcamp for ‘pay what you want’.

I really hope you enjoy the latest release from Cousin Silas as much as I have. He's still got it and I just know you'll agree!

- Thomas

https://archive.org/details/waag_rel106






Sunday, September 24, 2017

Presenting ... "Permutations (waag_rel105)" by Cousin Silas




Permutations is the second in Cousin Silas' remix projects. As with Recrudescence (waag_rel094) our favourite Cousin has reworked his original soundscapes (the exact ones he will not divulge to me) to create something wonderfully fresh and new that will enthral all who listen.

Permutations consists of seven tracks that vary in length for approximately six and a half minutes through to nearly seventeen. They all have Cousin Silas' delightfully gentle and languid longform vibe but their conciseness and brevity, in comparison with his dronescape work, adds an extra dimension, making for a complete body of work: seven ideas that work as one with a togetherness that inspires;

Thanks to the generous support of folks like Cousin Silas ... Warren DalyKevin Lyons ... Adrian Nicholls ... Drew Miller ... and the wonderful waag community ... I’m proud to be able to offer a 320kbps version of this release for free over on Archive with a lossless version available here on Bandcamp for ‘pay what you want’.

Permutations has quickly become my reading soundtrack of choice. I hope it finds its own wee niche in your life.

- Thomas

https://archive.org/details/waag_rel105





Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Presenting ... "Ornithology (waag_rrl007)" by Cousin Silas and The Glove Of Bones


Originally released on the now defunct digitalDIZZY netlabel ... Ornithology is a delightfully dubby collaboration between Cousin Silas and Adrian Nicholls aka The Glove Of Bones. It is an album that is simply too good to languish in obscurity and one I am proud to re-release on weareallghosts.

Ornithology isn't your usual release for waag: the emphasis on field recordings and found sounds is atypical ... and the drifting dubby, electronic sounds are new to us. 

But, and it is a big but, this is Cousin Silas at his best ... wonderfully experimental and prepared to push boundaries along with his collaborator, graphic artist and card-carrying "twitcher", Adrian Nicholls aka The Glove Of Bones. As such, this is very much a waag release ... one that engages the listener and provides a wonderfully deep sonic experience. 

I don't like to see netlabels go under and I don't like to see good music lost ... I am proud to be able to give "Ornithology" a new home.

Thanks to the generous support of folks like Cousin Silas ... Warren Daly … Kevin Lyons ... and the wonderful waag community ... I’m proud to be able to offer a 320kbps version of this release for free over on Archive with a lossless version available on Bandcamp for ‘pay what you want’ ... you can also stream it on Soundcloud.

I really hope you enjoy "Ornithology" as much as I have.

-- Thomas









Monday, August 28, 2017

Presenting ... "Apollo, Can You Hear Me?" by Brother Saturn (waag_rel104)



How do you follow up 12 hours of creative expression from a master & his friends?

By releasing the best work yet by Brother Saturn, that's how!

I was genuinely worried as to how to follow Cousin Silas' recent magnum opus (a series of recordings that have raised nearly £400 for charity at the time of my typing) but when I heard what Drew Miller aka Brother Saturn had for me, I was delighted.

"Apollo, can you hear me?" is possibly Brother Saturn's best work to date, certainly his best work on weareallghosts. It is an exploration of subtle, dreamy electronics in a languid, luscious longform ambient manner. It is as much about restraint as it is about expression, Miller has not let his wonderfully five-steps-ahead creative mind runaway but has, instead, kept it tightly constrained and, in doing so, created an engaging collection of tracks that are cohesive, coherent and downright enjoyable.

"Apollo..." is best consumed through a good pair of headphones, preferably in a darkened room so as to allow yourself to become full immersed in the otherworldliness of the soundscapes presented. Let your imagination run wild, take the cues in the music and create your own narrative and, in doing so, come to cherish this album, as I have.

Thanks to the generous support of folks like Cousin Silas ... Warren Daly … Kevin Lyons ... and the wonderful waag community ... I’m proud to be able to offer a 320kbps version of this release for free over on Archive with a lossless version available on Bandcamp for ‘pay what you want’

I hope you enjoy this new music from Brother Saturn as much as I have.

-- Thomas Mathie

https://archive.org/details/waag_rel104



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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Presenting ... Silas and Friends | vi | part iii (waag_rel103)


Cousin Silas' sixth compilation of collaborations with his friends completes with the third and final part.

Over the thirty tracks featured in part iii, the variation in sound that started in the first part and is maintained with the second part just keeps on rolling: we have so many different flavours of electronic and ambient music that ensures the mixtape feel continues ... with tracks that stand on their own and really work as part of the album.

As stated before, I would encourage you to compile all the parts of Silas and Friends | vi into a playlist on your listening device of choice ... and have included a cover for the playlist along with the artwork for part iii.

All monies raised from the sale of this album will be donated to Hospice UK. I am both fortunate and grateful to work for an employer who actively matches all donations made ... so everyone purchase will be doubled for the benefit of a very worthy cause.

I really do hope you will enjoy this album as much as I have.

- Thomas

Please Note: due to the fundraising aspect of this album, it will not be added to our collection over at archive.org.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Presenting ... Silas and Friends | vi | part ii (waag_rel102)


Cousin Silas' sixth compilation of collaborations with his friends moves forward with the second of three parts.

As before, it would be unfair to single out any one of the tracks featured ... but it is fair to say the variation in sound that started in the first part continues unabashed: we have Har's vision of sonic punk through to Stephen Briggs' long form ambience with multiple flavours of electronic and ambient music in-between. Part ii sounds like a very best of mixtapes ... a real variety that keeps the listener engaged ... with tracks that stand on their own and work as part of the greater whole.

I would encourage you to compile all the parts of Silas and Friends | vi into a playlist on your listening device of choice ... bring all the tracks together and dive deep into the most wonderful ocean of sound.

All monies raised from the sale of this album will be donated to Hospice UK. I am both fortunate and grateful to work for an employer who actively matches all donations made ... so everyone purchase will be doubled for the benefit of a very worthy cause.

I really do hope you will enjoy this album as much as I have.

- Thomas

Please Note: due to the fundraising aspect of this album, it will not be added to our collection over at archive.org.