Sunday, August 14, 2016

Presenting ... Hope (waag_rel091) by Colin Blake



Back in June 2015, Colin Blake released Faith on weareallghosts (waag_rel072) … it was intended to be the first in a three-part series that follows Colin’s original C60 idea - to create 30 minute slices of sci-fi ambient, slices that could easily fit on the side of a C60 cassette tape. Faith was presented as two “sides”: part 1 and part 2, both running near to 30 minutes each and featuring some delightfully mysterious ambient music.

Unfortunately, Hope got sidelined … too many other releases got in the way. WAAG was (and is) a victim of its own success. Hope should have been out sooner and for that, I am sorry.

Just like Faith, Hope is presented as two “sides”: part 1 and part 2, both running near to 30 minutes each. These sides feature feature more of Blake’s signature ambient music … the mysterious, engaging, inspiring kind; I hope (pardon the pun) to feature Charity soon … and look forward to having all three in one playlist.

Here’s what Colin said about Hope at the time he sent the files over:

“Side 1 is called “Hope for Humanity (hope-LESS to hope-FULL)”. The track is in 6 parts: 
1) hopeless - what I tried to do was convey when a personal situation starts to become hopeless. 
2) the despair reached at the bottom of a hopeless situation then, near the end of 2nd part, the first feelings of hope … this is followed by ...
3) a short arp sequence as these feelings become true. 
4) the main piano based section … when hope becomes reality ... the middle part a lapse, then the paino reaffirms hope. 
5) like a ancient ocean euphoria, like waves washes over the human. 
6) final short part fades … I left the ending like that to let the listener decide if hope is found or not. 
Side 2 is called "Hope for our World (Earth and Heaven)” … it is made up of two long parts in a kind of call and response: 
1) a call/plea of hope for all living things on the planet. 
2) a response from the heavens … this I have tried to do in a choral piece. 
Side 2 can also be a continuation of side 1 … resolving hope in man."

I really hope you enjoy these pieces from Colin … I certainly have.

A 320kbps version of this release will be available over on Archive for free with a lossless version available on Bandcamp for ‘pay what you want’. It is important to note that weareallghosts is funded through the donations we receive for albums such as this. To help us to continue to put out this level of quality in the quantity that we do then please donate. Ask yourself, how much would you realistically pay for a CD? …and remember, everyone who gives something for this album can stream it via Bandcamp.

Thomas


https://archive.org/details/waag_rel091





Sunday, July 31, 2016

Presenting ... The Time Dwellers (waag_rel090) by Cousin Silas & Kevin Lyons



"The Time Dwellers" is the third album from Cousin Silas & Kevin Lyons, an album of considerable beauty, one that further cements their creative partnership. This is music for the imagination, music that will inspire uniquely personal connections in each individual.

Silas & Lyons’ pairing particular form of experimental ambient music is tailor-made for listeners who love nothing more than to be fully immersed in otherworldly, expansive aural environments; and it just seems to get better and better … samples, guitars, synths and electronic manipulation are all used to create these deeply atmospheric and imaginative soundscapes; brought together in such a seamless way that the synergy is evident.

A 320kbps version of this release will be available over on Archive for free with a lossless version available on Bandcamp for ‘pay what you want’. It is important to note that weareallghosts is funded through the donations we receive for albums such as this. To help us to continue to put out this level of quality in the quantity that we do then please donate. Ask yourself, how much would you realistically pay for a CD? …and remember, everyone who gives something for this album can stream it via Bandcamp.

Thomas


https://archive.org/details/waag_rel090






Saturday, July 30, 2016

Presenting ... 2 (waag_rel089) by Cousin Silas, Tim Jones & Kevin Lyons




It is almost exactly a year to the day that 2 - the second album from Cousin Silas, Tim Jones & Kevin Lyons - was recorded ... the accumulation of a week of creative experimentation and collaboration between three old friends. Unfortunately I was unable to attend that particular meeting of minds but was delighted with the album when it arrived in my in-box.

Underpinned by Jones’ samples and loops, 2 is a sonically adventurous and wonderfully imaginative journey into more abstract, experimental electronica … whilst Silas’ ambient guitar is present and Lyons’ attention to detail is apparent … this is something more, something rather mysterious and intriguing.

In many ways, this shouldn’t work … three people with three different, distinct styles … but it does and it does in such a way that you don’t know where the extent of the individual contributions reach. This is a collaboration in it’s truest form and it is a real pleasure to listen to.

A 320kbps version of this release will be available over on Archive for free with a lossless version available on Bandcamp for ‘pay what you want’. It is important to note that weareallghosts is funded through the donations we receive for albums such as this. To help us to continue to put out this level of quality in the quantity that we do then please donate. Ask yourself, how much would you realistically pay for a CD? …and remember, everyone who gives something for this album can stream it via Bandcamp.

Thomas



https://archive.org/details/Iwaag_rel089





Saturday, June 25, 2016

Presenting ... Cousin Silas and Friends vol. 5 (waag_rel088)





The idea of collaboration has negative connotations as does compromise … but something truly beautiful can be born from working together, sharing a vision and journeying on the road of creation with one or two close friends. This is evidenced here, on this the fifth volume of collaborations from Cousin Silas and his friends.

Over 5 CDs worth of music … 800+ mb of data if you choose 320kbps MP3 files … Cousin Silas and Friends vol 5 (waag_rel088) is a hefty celebration of truly independent ambient electronic music. It is also a celebration of Dave Hughes, the man behind Cousin Silas, and the friendships he cherishes.

Dave is truly a people person and people gravitate towards his cheeky banter and irrepressible optimism. I am proud to call him a friend and delighted to release this album on weareallghosts. I also greatly appreciate his ongoing support … waag wouldn’t exist without him.

A 320kbps version of this release will be available over on Archive for free with a lossless version available on Bandcamp for ‘pay what you want’.

It is important to note that weareallghosts is funded through the donations we receive for albums such as this. To help us to continue to put out this level of quality in the quantity that we do then please donate.

Ask yourself, how much would you realistically pay for a CD? … and you are getting the equivalent of five in this one release!

Thomas



---

https://archive.org/details/waag_rel088

---



---



Saturday, June 18, 2016

Presenting ... “Unstable Lands (waag_rel087)” by Brother Saturn





“Unstable Lands (waag_rel087)” is the latest release from Drew Miller aka Brother Saturn. It features a deeper, more immersive electronic sound that feeds the imagination … a sound that is less drone-based and more melodic with loops playfully interacting with one another to create dense, otherworldly layers of sound.

This is an album to lose yourself in … and to help you do this, each track features wonderful artwork from Smashy that will help guide your thoughts, if you want to, to places and space off the beaten track.



I hope you enjoy this piece as much as I have.

A 320kbps version of this release will be available on Archive for free with a lossless version available over on Bandcamp for ‘pay what you want’ which does include ‘free’. If you decide to download this album here for free, and you can with our best wishes, then all we ask is that you please tell people about it.

Tx



https://archive.org/details/waag_rel087









Sunday, May 22, 2016

Presenting ... "Micro Dronescapes Vol 1" by Cousin Silas





A number of people have taken Cousin Silas’ Dronescapes series to their heart, myself included. I find them utterly fascinating and eagerly await each instalment like a child on Christmas Eve. This month, rather than release another dronescape in all its longform ambient glory, Cousin Silas has decided to put out 6 shorter pieces that all sit comfortably within the 11 to 13 minute range. These pieces are an utter delight: they are long enough to easily convey their respective ideas but not long enough to become repetitive … they are just right in a way Goldilocks would approve, if longform ambient soundscapes were her thing.

I am uplifted by the music presented, uplifted and refreshed in the way only music can and does. I hope you can connect to the music as I have.

A 320kbps version of this release will be available over on Archive for free with a lossless version available on Bandcamp for ‘pay what you want’ which does include ‘free’. If you decide to download this album here for free, and you can with our best wishes, then all we ask is that you please tell people about it.

Tx



https://archive.org/details/waag_rel086






Thursday, May 5, 2016

Presenting ... "Awakenings (waag_rel085)" by David Gerard





For Pete Namlook [1960-2012] & Edgar Froese [1944-2015]

---

In 2012, ambient composer and musician Pete Namlook died of an apparent heart attack. His passing saddened the ambient music world, and Namlook's music will always stand as a testament to his talent. In 2015, we lost another electronic genius, tangerine dream founder Edgar Froese. I had first come to know Froese through MySpace, and I would send him links to whatever I was working on. Of course, Edgar was supportive of my work, especially my paean to him entitled, “scattered frequencies”, but he hardly saw me as a fledgling musician: “considering how long you have dedicated yourself to your art, I would consider you among my peers. You have developed your own style, and while I am flattered to hear that I have influenced your work, I admire what you have created ... it is uniquely yours.” So I was doubly saddened by his passing – I had really connected with a kindred spirit, and it seemed just as our friendship was growing, he was taken from not only me, but the many ambient artists who were inspired by his group and solo recordings.
Though I never got to converse with Namlook, whenever I listen to his music I get that strange sense of déjà-vu, much like what happened when I reached out to David Borden and Steve Drews of Mother Mallard's Portable Masterpiece Co. They both told me how my music hearkened to their halcyon days working with the inimitable Bob Moog in his studio/factory in Trumansburg, NY. It is an honour and a privilege to get such affirmation from the true pioneers in the electronic milieu. And yet, I had already mastered 2015's “homage” so it didn't seem fitting to just squeeze in some pieces dedicated to both men – besides, what I really wanted to do was less of a homage and more of an album in the classic tradition of electronic recordings, and dedicate the album to them in memoriam. And so that is what I set out to do: a gapless album to realize what those albums would have sounded like in their entirety, without the disadvantage of having to flip an LP or cassette over. I also make the album conform to what albums of that nature generally ran: so, no 60-80 minute extravaganzas – a 47-minute and some change aural odyssey through the universe of my mind. In much the same way previous releases “Bremsstrahlung” and “Music From The Pillars Of The Saints” were, this album ebbs and flows with a quality that is sometimes trancelike, and sometimes outerworldly. In fact, if you play this album in repeat mode, you will find that surprisingly everything comes full-circle as well as being cyclical in nature.
In my heart, I know their spirits are listening. And I can hear them doing so.

David Gerard
Montreal, Quebec, 2016

---

I was intrigued when David Gerard approached me at the start of 2016 with “Awakenings”, pitching it, as he has as a tribute to both Pete Namlook & Edgar Froese. When I received the raw file and listened to it, I was inspired … and a wee bit overwhelmed, if truth be told … it is an exceptional album and a fitting tribute to two giants of electronic music.

Awakenings is electronic music at it’s very best: expressive and utterly beguiling. I really hope you like it as much as I do!

This album will only be available to purchase on Bandcamp.

Tx

PS: Big shout out to Tim Jones from Stone Premonitions. I passed the album to him and he worked his mastering magic … not too soft, not too firm … just right … I should call him Goldilocks! Thanks Tim!

---