Friday, November 18, 2016

Presenting ... The Three Imposters (waag_rel093) by Cousin Silas | Tim Jones | Kevin Lyons





Arthur Machen, the Welsh author of the 1890s and early 20th century, is best known for his influential supernatural, fantasy and horror fiction. Machen’s most famous work - The Great God Pan - is new to me but is the source of inspiration for Cousin Silas, Tim Jones & Kevin Lyons along with the series of short stories that their latest album is named after, The Three Imposters.

According to Wikipedia, The Three Imposters incorporates several inset weird tales and culminates in a final denouement of deadly horror, connected with a secret society devoted to debauched pagan rites. The three impostors of the title are members of this society who weave a web of deception in the streets of London —relating the aforementioned weird tales in the process—as they search for a missing Roman coin.

It is a book that I yet to read but I am inspired to do so because of it’s impact on Silas, Jones & Lyons; who have taken this impact and created the most wondrous of experimental ambient music. Starting and finishing with a refrain played on a hurdy-gurdy - a sound that sends chills down my spine each and every time I hear it - The Three Imposters is as deliciously dark as the richest of chocolate, as engaging and almost as fattening.

The music featured on The Three Imposters was created during a week together earlier this year. I had the privilege of joining the trio for an overnight. The closest they got to debauchery - while I was there - was watching old horror films (one of which provided the hurdy-gurdy refrain), drinking too much coffee and eating pizza. Whilst I cannot vouch for what happened when I wasn’t there, I’m glad they were inspired by Machen in such a way as to create such a delightful selection of electronic ambience.

Thanks to the support of Cousin Silas and 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’.

Enjoy.

Thomas


https://archive.org/details/waag_rel093






Monday, October 24, 2016

Presenting ... Spiralling Continuum (waag_rel092) by Warren Daly




A luminous concept, warmer than my previous ambient compositions, I wish to evoke a sense of space travel, transcendental meditation, and spatial imagery.

I was heavily influenced by these fine releases:
- William Basinski - The Disintegration Loops
- Miles Davis - In A Silent Way
- Ebauche - Adrift
- Pink Floyd - BBC Archives 1974 (Dark Side of The Moon live SBD)

"Letting the last breath come.
Letting the last breath go.
Dissolving, dissolving into vast space,
the light body released from its heavier form.
A sense of connectedness with all that is,
all sense of separation dissolved
in the vastness of being.
Each breath melting into space
as though it were the last."
(Stephen Levine)

Massive thanks to:
- Alex Leonard and Donn Maguire for their constant encouragement, and without their generous contributions of hardware creating these compositions would not have been possible.
- Dina Chhan for reinforcing my resolve.
- Hal FX for his continued support and inspiration.
- Donard McCabe for his everlasting friendship.
- Thomas Mathie for his enthusiasm, energy, and releasing my creations on WAAG.

- Warren

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I am delighted to welcome Warren Daly to the waag family, someone who knows his ambient electronic music. Daly's own label - Invisible Agent - was one of the inspirations when starting waag and his ongoing encouragement has really buoyed me through some tough times.

This four-track EP is an utter delight: it features two more melodic tracks and two more atmospheric tracks that all work together to make something beautiful.

Welcome Warren!

- Thomas

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Please Note:
- Download includes the video for Spiralling Continuum (in .mov format).
- This EP will not be uploaded to Archive.




Monday, October 17, 2016

Presenting ... Dronescape 034 (waag_drs034) by Cousin Silas




Cousin Silas’ 34th dronescape is another exceptional longform ambient soundscape. At 1 second under 73 minutes, it is an epic piece of ambience … one the draws you in and encourages to take a trip of profound personal discovery. Where it will take you, I don’t know … but it takes me to a place where I am truly present, providing me with focus for the here and now, helping me find my flow.

Dronescape 034 drowns out the distractions of a very busy, demanding world … and let’s me just be in the moment, whether it is as an accompaniment for a book or as a background to work; it also works very well on its own as a focal piece or as an aide to relaxation, softly lulling me to a restful state.

I can’t get enough of this and the other dronescapes in Cousin Silas’ body of work here at weareallghosts … and I commend 34 to you, it really is something beautiful indeed.

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

https://archive.org/details/waag_drs034



Monday, September 12, 2016

Presenting ... "Berlin Evenings (waag_CDr004)" by Cousin Silas




The only thing you can be sure of when you dive into a Cousin Silas release is that you won't always know what to expect. Over the course of fifteen years and close to 100 releases Silas has established himself as the master of modern ambient music. Each album has a flavour and sound all its own and now here he is with his first album length exploration of the "Berlin school" of electronic music. He's dabbled before of course on tracks here and there, but here he dives head first into this most enduring and beloved form of electronica with a stunning collection of pieces built around the characteristic pulsating sequencers, lush Mellotron-inspired pads, authentically retro-sounding leads and of course flashes of that familiar Silas guitar.

What impresses the most here - as it does with all Silas releases - is the breadth of the material on offer. One might expect that, having chosen to focus on one sub-set of electronic music, Silas would have restricted his sonic palette, narrowed his vision, but not a bit of it. This is no slavish pastiche, no simple wallow in nostalgia. This is, as ever with the music of Cousin Silas, vital, uplifting and inspiring music that offers endless rewards with each subsequent play.

- Kevin Lyons, 2016

My sincere thanks to everyone who has supported this journey:
To Tim, Lutz, & Kevin ... it takes a village and we're so glad you reside in ours! To the waag family who have kept us going ... thank you!!! And to Dave ... thanks for your faith in me.

- Thomas Mathie, 2016

Credits
Music by Cousin Silas
Mastering (Tracks 1 - 9) by Tim Jones for Stone Premonition
Photograph by Lutz Thuns, with grateful thanks
Liner Notes by Kevin Lyons
Design by Thomas Mathie for weareallghosts.co.uk
CD Production by promodiscs.co.uk



Saturday, August 20, 2016

Presenting ... "Dronescape 033 (waag_drs033)" by Cousin Silas



It has been a wee while since we had a dronescape from Cousin Silas, partly because he’s been so busy releasing collaborations and albums on other netlabels.

I’ve spoken before about my excitement when I get a dropbox link sent to me … I guess I’m as big a fan as anyone of Dave’s work and still get the feels when I hear a new dronescape from him.

Dronescape 033 is an absolute delight: it is the kind of music you want to hear of an lazy Sunday afternoon or a warm bubblebath, music that lets you switch off and drift away to wherever it is you drift off to. It is wonderfully unhurried, deep and engaging, you cannot fail to relax when this is on. It certainly works for me.

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



https://archive.org/details/waag_drs033



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