Saturday, October 18, 2014

Presenting ... "Turbulence (waag_rel059)" by Merx & Nystada





The day Wolfgang asked me to do a collaboration I felt a bit lost in the big world of music making. Felt so much doubt in the weeks before, but I was happy about the idea to collaborate with him. We thought about one track. That really went well already, so we started another. It went, you assume, well, too. In the end we had seven tracks and each was a pleasure to make. Hope you're enjoying them as much as we did creating them in about one or two weeks.
Thanks for listening!
Nystada

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The actual process of creating this album – finding new song ideas, recording new tracks, mixing the songs and all that – took just nine days. It all went surprisingly well and without a halt. The songs simply fell into our laps, so to speak. The new direction isn't simply the sum of the parts, I think. Although the process went fast, I'm sure this is rather the first step of a lot of new things to come.
W.M.

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I’m very careful not to define weareallghosts’ sound other than to talk very loosely about ambient music. We are a broad church, we encompass a wide selection of electronic sounds that place a concerted and deliberate emphasis on atmosphere and immersive ambience.

“Turbulence (waag_rel059)” by Merx & Nystada is a wonderfully leftfield, experimental album that further expands our sound. It brings Krautrock-inspired synths to the fore that are expertly intertwined with energetic polyrhythms.

Initially I found “Turbulence (waag_rel059)” to be a challenging listen but it really did grow on me. It is an album that rewards  multiple listens, it provides the listener with numerous layers of sound that engage, inspire and ultimately entertain.

I hope you will enjoy the first collaboration between Merx & Nystada. Who knows, with your support, they may be back with more!

An MP3 version of this album is available for free on Archive or a lossless version available on Bandcamp for 'pay what you want' which does include £0.

If you do decide to download this album for free then all we ask in return is that you tell your friends, tweet a link or post it on Facebook, write a review and spread the word.

Enjoy “Turbulence (waag_rel059)”.

- Tx

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Recorded and produced by Nystada at Nystudios and Wolfgang Merx at The Basement. Mixed by Wolfgang Merx at The Upper Room.

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The musicians are: 
Nystada – Synthesizers, Sequences & Drum Programming

Wolfgang Merx – Keyboards, Synthesizers, Sequences, Drum Programming, Bleeping & Droning

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Photography, Design & Logistics by Thomas Mathie for weareallghosts.co.uk

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This is a weareallghosts / New Underground double feature:
weareallghosts.co.uk + weareallghosts.bandcamp.com
newunderground.bandcamp.com

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wolfgangmerx.bandcamp.com + theharddrive.bandcamp.com + soundcloud.com/wolfgang-merx

nystada.bandcamp.com + hearthis.at/nystada + soundcloud.com/nystada

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https://archive.org/details/waag_rel059



Sunday, October 12, 2014

Presenting ... “Moirai (waag_rel058)” by Microvolt





“Moirai (waag_rel058)” is the first release on weareallghosts from experimental electronic musician, Paul Randall aka Microvolt. It is a wonderful collection of delicate soundscapes with an intricacy that has captivated me since I first got to hear them a good few months ago.

Paul Randall presents something beautiful with “Moirai (waag_rel058)”, something that fits nicely with the emerging waag ‘sound’ and yet broadens it too. This is my kind of experimental ambient: captivating and utterly immersive, a series of soundscapes that work really, really well in both the foreground and the back.

I hope you will Microvolt’s first release on weareallghosts. Who knows, with your support, he may be back with more!

An MP3 version of this album is available for free on Archive or a lossless version available on Bandcamp for 'pay what you want' which does include £0.

If you do decide to download this album for free then all we ask in return is that you tell your friends, tweet a link or post it on Facebook, write a review and spread the word.

Enjoy “Moirai (waag_rel058)”.

- Tx



https://archive.org/details/waag_rel058



Saturday, October 11, 2014

Presenting ... "Ghosts We All Are (waag_sng007)" by David Gerard





I’m a huge fan of David Gerard’s music and to have a 15 minute piece from him on weareallghosts is a personal delight.

“Ghosts we all are (waag_sng007)” is his personal tribute to waag … he wrote it especially for my wee label and the community we've built around it ... and I will always be indebted to him for that. It is a vibrant piece that has a distinct ebb and flow, a rhythm that is wonderfully immersive and rather hypnotic.

I love this piece and hope David will be back with more.

An MP3 version of this album is available for free on Archive or a lossless version available on Bandcamp for 'pay what you want' which does include £0.

If you do decide to download this album for free then all we ask in return is that you tell your friends, tweet a link or post it on Facebook, write a review and spread the word.

Enjoy “Ghosts we all are (waag_sng007)” and please, please take time to discover David Gerard’s body of work.

- Tx




https://archive.org/details/waag_sng007




Sunday, October 5, 2014

Presenting ... "Corrugate (waag_rel057)" by Red Pools





"Corrugate (waag_rel056)" is two tracks of roughly the same ilk that I produced in the first half of 2014.

Thanks to Thomas Mathie, Wolfgang Merx, Dario Lozano-Thornton, Phil Begg, Grace Smith, Nichola Stafford, Michael Bridgewater, Adam Denton, Mark Hadman, Crow Versus Crow, Stephen Ferrell, Roo Carpenter, Michael Hann, the twitter community, weareallghosts and others for all sorts of reasons.

Special thanks to Thomas for agreeing to float this boat, and for, as always, making this thing possible.

This will probably the last substantial volume of material from me for a while to take some time away from releasing.

- Sean

I found Corrugate to be a wonderfully engaging electroacoustic journey, one that twists and turns in the most delightfully hypnotic manner.

Both Radium and Erosion (tracks or “sides” 1 and 2 of this release) are a pure, unadulterated celebration of invention and the creative spirit … and come highly commended.

I really do hope you enjoy these pieces from Sean and, while I am a wee bit disappointed at his current hiatus, I am glad I have this release as well as his previous two releases on waag - “Erasal (waag_rel046)” and “Knurled Fog | Agerich (waag_sng005)” - to tide me over.

An MP3 version of this album is available for free on Archive or a lossless version available here for 'pay what you want' which does include £0.

If you do decide to download this album for free then all we ask in return is that you tell your friends, tweet a link or post it on Facebook, write a review and spread the word.

- Tx

https://archive.org/details/waag_rel057



Saturday, October 4, 2014

Presenting ... "Dronescape 021 (waag_drs021)" by Cousin Silas





Welcome to the twenty-first dronescape from Cousin Silas, another post-70 minute piece from someone who I personally think is at the top of their game. Coming off the back of his first CD on weareallghosts, this dronescape provides a fitting rest.

It is an open and spacious drone filled with wonder and the anticipation of the unknown. It is a delight.

I hope you enjoy Dronescape 021 as much as I do.

An MP3 version of this album is available for free on Archive or a lossless version available here for 'pay what you want' which does include £0.

If you do decide to download this album for free then all we ask in return is that you tell your friends, tweet a link or post it on Facebook, write a review and spread the word.

Enjoy 021.

- Tx



https://archive.org/details/waag_drs021



Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Presenting ... "The Sound of Silas (waag_CDr001)" by Cousin Silas ... CD + Download



Just realised I hadn't posted on here about our first CD + Download release ... "The Sound of Silas (waag_CDr001)" by Cousin Silas.

Here are some details on the CD:

The first weareallghosts physical release features photography by Oleg Tishkovets in a beautiful fold out digipack created by Brin Coleman (aka Bing Satellites) for scramsons.co.uk
The music on this double CD was mastered by Tim Jones
The first CD contains remastered 'classics' along with a brand new mini dronescape whereas the second CD contains approximately 70 minutes of brand new music. 
On the inside Kevin Lyons waxes lyrical for the liner notes, giving us food for thought on his pal Silas. 
The physical copy will contain a weareallghosts badge and a postcard with a download code to a remix album with tracks revisioned by Jack Hertz, Kevin Lyons, Bing Satellites, Shane Morris and Ade Hodges. This remix album is only available via this CD. 
This is the first time we have released a CD so please, please be patient. We aim to get the CDs in the post as near to release date as possible. 

When you pre-order the CD, you get 5 tracks now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it's released on the 29th September 2014.

Packages will ship on or just after the 29th September too.

There will only be 100 made ... and I'm pleased to say we have pre-orders for 54 so far. The CDs are £10 + Postage & Packing (which varies depending on where you live).

Here's what the CD looks like:











The album is also available as a download, priced at £8.

Here's what Kevin Lyons had to say about the album ...

Cousin Silas has been creating extraordinarily beautiful ambient music since 2001, drawing inspiration as much from the work of J.G. Ballard and H.P. Lovecraft as from Brian Eno or Michael Brooks. He's so far put his name to over fifty releases and made innumerable appearances on compilations and collaborative works. Highly prolific (he'll very likely have another album out by the time you've finished reading these notes...) and always eager to collaborate, he is pleasingly consistent and his back catalogue is one any musician would be proud to call their own. 
This long-overdue compilation of some of his finest work on the weareallghosts netlabel is the perfect showcase for the breadth of his sound. Blending software synthesisers, piano and guitar into beguiling soundscapes; Silas has the enviable ability to make every release sound distinct from the last, while still retaining the trademarks that mark him out from the ambient crowd. Like all musicians, techniques, styles and ideas recur throughout his work but as you'll discover here, no two pieces are ever the same. 
As you'll find as you navigate your way through the Sound of Silas he is as adept at the darker, more disturbing form of ambient as he at the more uplifting and joyous, ranging from the brooding intensity of the aptly named Into the Dark (parts 1 and 7) to the shimmering tranquillity of Endless Summer. You'll find drones and beats, melodies and abstract sounds all rubbing sonic shoulders in this wide-ranging and endlessly rewarding collection. Disc 2 features all new material, much of it recorded on Silas' impressive collection of guitars using a Fishman Triple Play MIDI pick-up. The mix of synthetic sounds and the organic nature of the guitar give these tracks a life and beauty that a simple keyboard alone could never manage. 
If you're new to the music of Cousin Silas, you're in for a treat. If you're an old hand, you'll already know some of the pleasure you can expect from this collection. Turn out the lights, put on your headphones and immerse yourself - and there's no better word that suits this music than 'immersive' - and revel in the many and varied sounds of Cousin Silas.

Kevin Lyons, 2014

Please take a moment to listen to the five tracks that are currently available and, if you can, please support weareallghosts and Cousin Silas


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Presenting ... In the Green Light (waag_rel056) by Ade Hodges & Cousin Silas





In the Green Light (waag_rel056) by Ade Hodges & Cousin Silas is the next instalment in an ongoing series of collaborations between the two artists. It features six earthy, nearly impenetrable walls-of-sound that are not for the claustrophobic.

In the Green Light (waag_rel056) is an immense album of truly immersive beauty, one that is as spatial as it is aural. There is both a breadth and a density within these tracks that takes the listener's breath away, it is as if Hodges and Silas have recorded the essence of wonder from the natural world and are replaying it for your listening pleasure.

And a pleasure it is. This is music to get lost within, music for escape, and I for one absolutely love it.

I welcome this collaboration and look forward to more from the pairing of Ade Hodges & Cousin Silas. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do.

An MP3 version of this album is available for free on Archive or a lossless version available on Bandcamp for 'pay what you want' which does include £0.

If you do decide to download this album for free then all we ask in return is that you tell your friends, tweet a link or post it on Facebook, write a review and spread the word.

- Tx



https://archive.org/details/waag_rel056