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



Sunday, August 10, 2014

Presenting ... 'Into The Dark | volume iii (waag_rel055)' by Cousin Silas





"The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents... some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the light into the peace and safety of a new Dark Age." 
HPLovecraft - The Call of Cthulu

'Into The Dark | volume iii (waag_rel055)' - the third and final instalment in a trilogy of dark, atmospheric, and decidedly sinister sounding ambient albums from my dear friend, Cousin Silas - is the ideal musical accompaniment to the terrifying vistas of reality that Lovecraft so eloquently described nearly 100 years ago.

'Into The Dark | volume iii (waag_rel055)' is in keeping with its predecessors - the first (waag_rel038) and second volumes (waag_rel045) - this is an album where Cousin Silas continues to explore his darker ambient roots ... an album where he keeps the momentum going, keeps the listener dreaming those deliciously dark dreams.

I hope you enjoy this album as much as I do ... and don't go mad from the revelation contain therein. Please add the albums into a playlist so they can be consumed in one sitting.

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.

We are currently finalising the physical Cousin Silas release - "The Sound Of Silas". The tracks have been mastered and the cover art finalised ... all will be revealed by the end of August but, for now, any funds raised by 'Into The Dark | volume iii (waag_rel055)' will go towards this.

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.

We will post more information regarding the physical release in due course but for now ... dream big and enjoy 'Into The Dark | volume iii (waag_rel055)'.

- Tx



https://archive.org/details/waag_rel055


Monday, August 4, 2014

Presenting ... ScannerWorks (waag_rel054) by Cousin Silas & Kevin Lyons





A collaboration between two of my favourite musicians on weareallghosts - Cousin Silas & Kevin Lyons - is an exciting prospect, one that I am glad to say did not disappoint me. I love their individual sounds and really love their combined effort on "ScannerWorks (waag_rel054)".

"ScannerWorks (waag_rel054)" is the first of hopefully many collaborations between Silas and Lyons ... they have distilled their shared passion for ambient and progressive music, 70s British horror films, and pulp sci-fi novels into 13 distinctive and very 'out there' atmospheric soundscapes.

"ScannerWorks (waag_rel054)" is food for the imagination, sound cues for the theatre of the mind. I can think of no greater recommendation than to listen to this album with a good set of headphones and let your mind wander. Give yourself permission to dream.

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.

We are currently finalising the physical Cousin Silas release - "The Sound Of Silas". The tracks have been mastered and the cover art finalised ... all will be revealed in due course but, for now, any funds raised by "ScannerWorks (waag_rel054)" will go towards this and possibly some extras.

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.

We will post more information regarding the physical release in due course but for now ... dream big and enjoy "ScannerWorks (waag_rel054)".

- Tx

Please Note:
My thanks to Andreas Schwietzke (www.facebook.com/andreas.schwietzke) for the wonderful illustration that accompanies this release. His work fits hand-in-glove with the music Cousin Silas & Kevin Lyons.



https://archive.org/details/waag_rel054


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Presenting ... drone.excursion.005 (waag_dex005) by Scott Lawlor





I hope you enjoyed last week's instalment in Scott Lawlor's ongoing journey into post-sixty minute soundscapes?

Due to some movement in the waag schedule, I am proud to present
"drone.excursion.005 (waag_dex005) aka 'quiet passage'" for your listening please.

Scott's 5th drone in his drone.excursion series is another enjoyable longform drone, one that brings a degree of subtly to the table. This is a low key, melancholic soundscape ... one for late nights or for moments of deep contemplation.

I really do hope you will enjoy it as much as I have ... I found it a worthwhile journey to take.

An MP3 version of this piece is available for free on Archive or a lossless version available on Bandcamp for 'pay what you want' which does include £0 ... and remember, paying supporters on Bandcamp also get unlimited mobile access to the album using the free Bandcamp listening app.

If you do decide to download this piece 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.

- Thomas



https://archive.org/details/waag_dex005


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Presenting ... drone.excursion.004 (waag_dex004) by Scott Lawlor





Scott Lawlor continues on his journey into post-sixty minute soundscapes with the fourth in his drone.excursion series.

drone.excursion.004 (waag_dex004) aka 'harmonic convergence' is a delightful drone that builds in significance in the listener's consciousness. There is a slow evolution in the chords used over the 72 minute duration that together feeds the mind and provides space for contemplation and flow.

drone.excursion.004 (waag_dex004) is another enjoyable longform drone from Scott and I really do hope you will enjoy it as much as I have ... I found it a worthwhile journey to take.

An MP3 version of this piece is available for free on Archive or a lossless version available on Bandcamp for 'pay what you want' which does include £0 ... and remember, paying supporters on Bandcamp also get unlimited mobile access to the album using the free Bandcamp listening app.

If you do decide to download this piece 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.

- Thomas



https://archive.org/details/waag_dex004




Monday, July 14, 2014

Presenting ... Dronescape 020 (waag_drs020) by Cousin Silas





Twenty. Yes, twenty! This is the twentieth instalment in Cousin Silas' Dronescape series and it sees him exploring the darker recesses of ambient music. Clocking in at 72 minutes, this is a deeply immersive journey into the unknown.

I have spoken before of the association I have with Silas' work and the author H.P. Lovecraft, with the Cthulu Mythos, in particular, really sticking with me.

This Dronescape reminds me of the first Lovecraft story that I read: "The Nameless City". I read it because it was the first story in an anthology that I had purchased for pennies for my Kindle. I remember vividly being hooked with the sense of mounting terror that Lovecraft conveys. My mind was brought back to this story when I heard this Dronescape and, in particular, a point where the terror had taken hold and the protagonist recalled the following:

"I repeated queer extracts, and muttered of Afrasiab and the daemons that floated with him down the Oxus; later chanting over and over again a phrase from one of Lord Dunsany's tales - 'The unreverberate blackness of the abyss.'"

The twentieth Dronescape is an excellent form of ambient impressionism, portraying, as it does so well, this quote from Dunsany - 'the unreverberate blackness of the abyss'. It is what came to mind when I listened to Silas' latest offering, for both the quote and the drone complement each other so completely.

I hope you will enjoy this dronescape 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.

We are currently finalising the physical Cousin Silas release - "The Sound Of Silas". The tracks have been mastered and the cover art is in progress ... all will be revealed in due course but, for now, any funds raised by 020 will go towards this and possibly some extras.

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.

We will post more information regarding the physical release in due course but for now ... enjoy 020.

- Tx



https://archive.org/details/waag_drs020