Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Presenting ... Dronescape 032 by Cousin Silas





Cousin Silas’ thirty-second dronescape is dedicated to the memory of Dame Zaha Hadid, the exceptional British architect who died recently. According to Wikipedia, Hadid liberated architectural geometry with the creation of highly expressive, sweeping fluid forms of multiple perspective points and fragmented geometry that evoke the chaos and flux of modern life.

I marvel at Hadid’s creations, especially the Riverside Museum in Glasgow (pictured on the album cover) … she was a true visionary.

Dronescape 032 encapsulates the same kind of vision, for me … expressive, fluid sound with sweeping elegant movement … a piece that presents multiple perspective points to aid access.

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_drs032

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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Presenting ... "Black Saturday (waag_rel084)" by Scott Lawlor





Thomas

I was deeply intrigued when Scott first pitched his idea for an Easter-themed album earlier in the year … especially considering the darker subject and proposed sound … I was not disappointed. This album is a melancholic delight … one that is perfect for the dark day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

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

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Scott

This is my interpretation of the legend that Jesus descended into hell during his burial after the crucifixion. This album is a much darker sequel to last year's "Seven Last Words" which was a more meditative approach to the pronouncements made from the cross during the crucifixion itself.

For further reading on the subject matter:

https://vox-nova.com/2012/02/03/descended-to-the-dead-or-descended-into-hell/

Special thanks goes to Wings of an Angel for a superb mastering job.

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https://archive.org/details/waag_rel084




Saturday, March 19, 2016

Presenting ... "Extropy (waag_rel083)" by Matthew VandenBrook





Extropya nounthe theory that cultural and technological development will expand indefinitely and in an orderly progressive manner throughout the universe, the tendency of systems to grow more organised.

I am proud to present a wonderfully atmospheric and very “sci-fi” (as my daughter described it) album from Matthew VandenBrook entitled “Extropy” … more ambient than his previous release, the marvellous “Sound Then Silence (waag_rel064)” released just over one year ago, “Extropy” has an eerie cinematic quality about it that I love.

This is music that paints pictures in my head: abandoned places in the furthest reaches of our imagination, late at night in a Blade Runner-esque dystopian urban expanse of neon and reflection, the chattering of Gibson’s sprawl at dawn … the kind of things that seem to run contrary with the title.

Who knows what the future will bring … will it expand indefinitely? I don’t know. What I do know, however, is that I will enjoy this album for years to come. VandenBrook has surpassed himself.

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_rel083







Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Presenting ... Swirl (waag_rel082) by Cousin Silas





I am particularly fond of Cousin Silas' longform pieces. Whether it is his dronescapes or the rerelease of Owlers Wood, Cousin Silas knows how to make longform music that is both interesting and engaging rather than monotonous and dull. He has raised the bar, at least for me, and graciously keeps feeding what is developing into an insatiable hunger for more.

“Swirl (waag_rel082)” is his latest longform creation, one that explores the vastness of space and time within its 78 minute duration. Sounds appear … a piano ... a guitar ... a heavenly choir … and then are gone like the wisps of a long-forgotten dream that fade into the ether. It all is rather hypnotic but then that’s what I’ve come to expect from Cousin Silas and his longform creations … music that captivates the soul and let’s the listener drift to wherever it is they drift to.

I hope you enjoy this piece as much 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_rel082





Monday, February 22, 2016

Presenting ... “Thirteen Things That Don’t Make Sense” (waag_rel081) by Kevin Lyons





I’ve spoken before of my love for weird fiction and the pleasure I have in pairing the writings of Lovecraft to deliciously “out there” music … with “Thirteen Things That Don’t Make Sense” is Kevin Lyons I now have a new addition to my collection.

This is Kevin Lyons’ latest solo offering on weareallghosts, an album full of the kind of atmospheric ambient electronica that Lyons excels at and I just love to consume. It isn’t an album that can be easily described other than to say the tracks featured paint wonderfully vibrant and imaginative pictures in your mind … if you allow them to.

Take “Not so constant constants” for example: Lyons use of water samples has deep diving in some forgotten cove … a fantastic mental picture or it would be, if it weren’t for my irrational fear of running open water. That said, laying aside my phobia, it is an excellent track.

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_rel081






Saturday, February 13, 2016

Presenting ... Cousin Silas' thirty-first dronescape





I am a huge fan of Cousin Silas’ dronescape series and get rather excited when I receive a link to the latest edition … I am genuinely surprised that we are now on the thirty-first edition AND the soundscapes presented seem to be getting better and better.

The thirty-first dronescape from Cousin Silas has me in space. It is a wet Saturday in Scotland, the 13th February to be exact … I am sitting in my living room looking out to rainy sleet and a greyish sky … and Cousin Silas has me in space, drifting peacefully with no real idea which way up is. Pure, unadulterated escapism!

That’s what I want from a dronescape: an escape. This escape may enable me to concentrate and find my flow … or it may allow me to chill out for 70 minutes … regardless of my personal reasoning, I’m looking to escape and Cousin Silas delivers with Dronescape 031 (as he has with the other thirty).

I hope you find your escape.

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_drs031



Sunday, February 7, 2016

Presenting ... "Tales Of Space Exploration 35​-​42 (waag_rel080)" by Brother Saturn





Brother Saturn continues his “Tales Of Space Exploration” series with a further 8 tracks … picking up where he left off in waag_rel061 and expanding the now familiar themes of travel, desolation, home and of loneliness.

Drew Miller really nails it with these tracks … they have a cinematic quality that I find endearing, I found myself playing this album on repeat and losing myself to the moment.

I would highly recommend you collate all 42 tracks together into one playlist, they are very special to me.

As before, Adam Howie has expertly expressed these themes in his cover art. His piece - “Rest no more, weary traveller” - will be available for sale as a print at devinatArt (kimded.deviantart.com/prints/) and RedBubble (redbubble.com/people/lurchkimded). Please support Howie’s work by buying a print.

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_rel080b