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.


Sunday, June 25, 2017

Presenting ... Dronescape 038 (waag_drs038) by Cousin Silas



Cousin Silas shows no signs of flagging as we reach his thirty-eighth ... he takes his signature longform drone sound and creates another deep, drifting soundscape with all the added flourishes that we have grown accustomed to: the waves of guitar  juxtaposed with the choral synth, the apparently random notes on the keyboard that always appear at just the right time, the flashes of brilliance that keep you coming back for more;

I can't get enough of these soundscapes: I find them both relaxing and invaluable when I want to find my flow ... and turn to them everyday. They provide me comfort, something familiar I can hold onto when every thing around me appears to be frantic and chaotic.

I really do hope you enjoy this dronescape as much as have and will ... here's to the next one!

As before, it is important to note that weareallghosts is funded through the money we receive for albums and dronescapes such as this. For us to realistically continue to put out this level of quality in the quantity that we need to levy a small charge for our releases. Please help out by buying the dronescape.

That said, if you aren’t able to then please note a 320kbps version of this release will be available in the next couple of days over on Archive for free.

- Thomas


https://archive.org/details/waag_drs038


Saturday, June 24, 2017

Presenting ... Silas and Friends | vi | part i (waag_rel101)


This is Cousin Silas' sixth compilation of collaborations with his friends ... consisting of twenty five tracks from some of the most interesting characters in the DIY ambient electronic / guitar scene, folks both known and new to weareallghosts. 

It truly amazes me when I consider that this is only the first part of a three part "triptych" ... with the second and third parts due to drop in July ... the quality of the collaborations really does whet the ol' whistle for more.

It would be unfair to single out any one of the 25 friends ... but it is a pleasure to note the variation in sound that is included: we have traditional ambient electronica, deliciously beat-infused downtempo, and feedback-laden guitar sounds all included in a compilation that demonstrates the kind of talent and ingenuity that Cousin Silas has on speed-dial.

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.


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Presenting ... Coefficient of variation (waag_rel100) by Cousin Silas & Øystein Jørgensen


100 releases.

I know there have been more than 100 releases on weareallghosts ... waag has released singles, dronescapes, and even rereleased albums that it was felt needed further attention ... but it has also put out 100 new, original pieces of music during the 5 years of existence.

I'm extremely proud of this fact, very proud indeed. 

I have, through weareallghosts, championed some wonderful music and this collaboration between Cousin Silas and Øystein Jørgensen is the very definition of wonderful ... it is truly extraordinary! It made me gasp when I first heard it ... and it still elates me after multiple listens.

"Coefficient of variation (waag_rel100)" is an outstanding collaboration, one where both parties are so deeply intertwined that it is hard for me to identify where one artist stops and the other begins. There is long-form ambience, Silas' deliciously decadent guitar, and the most glorious of beats ... I know it is a cliche but this is next level stuff ... and I am so proud to release it on waag and for it to be our 100th original album release. As a result, I genuinely cannot wait for Cousin Silas' next "... and friends" album ... if it is anything like "Coefficient of variation (waag_rel100)" then we will all be in for a real treat!

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 next level piece as much as I have.

-- Thomas Mathie (Motherwell, UK)




Saturday, May 13, 2017

Presenting ... Dronescape 037 by Cousin Silas



I always love it when the next dronescape arrives and I can dig deep ... I've been really busy with a new project in my day job and have thoroughly enjoyed diving into the detail with Cousin Silas' 37th longform dronescape to keep my company.

Simply put: it is a delight ... sonic healing for a heavy heart and a congested mind, aural balm for the times we can't quite focus;

Recently the Guardian did an article on ambient music ... in it they described one particular artist as "ambient for the flat white generation". It is purely coincidental that this cover for this dronescape features a flat white coffee, from a fab wee place in Glasgow, Scotland; I designed the cover a day before the article was published.

However, for me there is something there ... for I love my flat whites and I love ambient music ... I savour them both. I really hope you find this dronescape to be particularly palatable!

As before, it is important to note that weareallghosts is funded through the money we receive for albums and dronescapes such as this. For us to realistically continue to put out this level of quality in the quantity that we need to levy a small charge for our releases. Please help out by buying the dronescape.

That said, if you aren’t able to then please note a 320kbps version of this release will be available over on Archive for free.

- Thomas





Monday, May 1, 2017

Presenting ... "Theme Music From The Aether (waag_rel099)" by Glenn Sogge featuring Boson Spin, Cousin Silas, and Candy L



A few months back, Wolfgang Gsell, ambient artist extraordinare and radio show host (www.modul303.com), posted a call for music for his upcoming themed shows. At first, I planned to just do a series of pieces for the shows. Then, I realized that this was a wonderful opportunity to kick-start some collaborations so I created a set of base tracks reflecting the themes listed by Wolfgang:

Winter, Holy and Silent, Memories, Weightless, and Mountains.

Some wonderful ambient composers agreed to collaborate in creating a multi-part 'suite of suites':  Boson Spin (Stan Magendanz, Brisbane, AU), Cousin Silas (Slaithwaite, UK), and Candy L (New York, USA).

Taking a clue from the Monty Python 3-sided record from back in the day, here is the collection of the versions plus the original base tracks. Feel free to build upon the original tracks if you are so inclined (they are licensed "Share Alike"). 

-- Glenn Sogge (Troutdale, OR, USA)

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When Glenn first spoke of his "suite of suites" I was intrigued. I love the concept of collaboration and was eager to hear what he and his collaborators - Boson Spin, our own Cousin Silas, and musical polymath Candy L - would bring to the party. I was not disappointed. 

Deep, dark (in places), and deliciously enthralling this is an album of more that its constituent parts; one that works on so many levels.

I'm grateful to Glenn for bringing this album to weareallghosts, it is so in keeping with our collaborative netlabel ethos.

As a result of the generous support of folks like Kevin Lyons ... Cousin Silas ... Warren Daly … 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 "suite of suites" as much as I have.

-- Thomas Mathie (Motherwell, UK)

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