Sunday, December 30, 2012
I love long form drones. I have expressed this love previously when discussing "Stigma (waag_rel006)" by Earlyguard. Longform drones give me space to think and to be within. I know this may sound a bit weird to some folk but it is my experience … longform drones are a very pleasant distraction from the hustle and bustle of daily life … they provide the opportunity to be immersed in sound for an extended period of time … and for this opportunity I am very grateful.
I am grateful to Thomas Park aka Mystified for providing me with one such longform ambient drone. "Coming From The Void (waag_rel013)" is a deeply immersive piece of music … one that entices, enthrals and then enwraps the listener in an otherworldly soundscape.
It is perfect for moments of solitude or for extended periods of deep concentration. It provides the listener with space to think and to become.
As usual … an MP3 version of this release is available on Archive for free … with a Lossless version available on Bandcamp for 'pay what you want'. Any profits from monies raised will go directly to Mystified himself.
Thank you for your interest in weareallghosts and Mystified's release. I hope you will enjoy this piece of music as much as I do. I have embedded a player below to enable you to here this release.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Cousin Silas sent me this track as a 'thank you' for the work I have done for him in 2012. What with releasing his music and designing covers for both weareallghosts and other labels ... he's a taskmaster ... but a gracious one who rewards me with his trust and with his friendship ... two things I treasure deeply. When I heard it I was overcome ... it is a beautiful track and one I just could not keep to myself.
So here it is ... Cousin Silas' 'thank you' to me becomes my 'thank you' to you ... to everyone who has made weareallghosts what it is.
My sincere thanks to the artists who have entrusted their music to me ... to Ade for his artwork ... to everyone who has promoted our work ... to my Olly for her patience ... and to you, the listeners, who have really taken to what we've sought to do here.
Thank you ... and I hope you have a Merry Christmas!
Monday, December 24, 2012
I love a good compilation for two reasons - they are a great way of discovering new music ... and as I like to listen to a variety of music, a well curated compilation with a number of contributors gives me the variety I seek.
This time last year I never dreamed I would have my own netlabel … and I certainly never dreamed I would be putting out my first compilation on said netlabel … a compilation that showcases wonderful independent talent.
Some of the artists featured on this compilation have released music on weareallghosts and I am indebted to them for their generosity in working with me.
Others have been included because they are simply favourites of mine and I wanted to use this opportunity to showcase their talent too. This compilation is more than just a celebration of the musicians on my netlabel … it is a celebration of truly excellent music within the ambient and electronic genres.
I hope, through this compilation, that you will be introduced to the work of artists you previously hadn't heard of … and through this introduction you go off and find their work. Independent music needs all the help it can get and I am proud to do my bit.
I love music. I especially love the music featured on this compilation and my hope is … at the end of 2012 … that you will love it as much as I do.
My thanks go to everyone who has, in some way, made weareallghosts what it is today. Here's to 2013.
The compilation is available for free over at Archive AND also free over at Bandcamp. Have a wee listen below ...
Saturday, December 15, 2012
What can I say about the music of Dominic Giam aka Ketsa? I'm not sure I have the right words to describe his style of ethnic folk music infused electronica. I could call it 'fusion' but that doesn't sound right. I guess it is his music ... and it is quality music that I am proud to present on weareallghosts. I've been a fan of Giam's for a while but his recent album on Invisible Agent really did seal the deal for me - 'Al Kemet' is awesome! (https://soundcloud.com/invisibleagent/sets/ketsa-al-kemet-album).
What makes this album even more remarkable is that Giam lost his wife, Gabrielle, two months before writing this album. It is a tragically bittersweet reminder of her and is dedicated to her memory. I don't know about you but if I were to lose my wife ... I wouldn't be able function let alone create something so utterly beautiful as the music on this album. It really does demonstrate the Giam's strength of character, his devotion to the memory of his wife and his passion for music.
I hope you will find this album as remarkable and as enjoyable as I do.
An mp3 version is and will always be available for free on Archive.org ... with a lossless version available for ’pay what you want’ over on our Bandcamp page. Any profits from monies raised will go to Dominic Giam and the foundation he's created in Gabrielle's honour.
Have a listen below ... and spread the word.