Sunday, May 14, 2017

Presenting ... Coefficient of variation (waag_rel100) by Cousin Silas & Øystein Jørgensen


100 releases.

I know there have been more than 100 releases on weareallghosts ... waag has released singles, dronescapes, and even rereleased albums that it was felt needed further attention ... but it has also put out 100 new, original pieces of music during the 5 years of existence.

I'm extremely proud of this fact, very proud indeed. 

I have, through weareallghosts, championed some wonderful music and this collaboration between Cousin Silas and Øystein Jørgensen is the very definition of wonderful ... it is truly extraordinary! It made me gasp when I first heard it ... and it still elates me after multiple listens.

"Coefficient of variation (waag_rel100)" is an outstanding collaboration, one where both parties are so deeply intertwined that it is hard for me to identify where one artist stops and the other begins. There is long-form ambience, Silas' deliciously decadent guitar, and the most glorious of beats ... I know it is a cliche but this is next level stuff ... and I am so proud to release it on waag and for it to be our 100th original album release. As a result, I genuinely cannot wait for Cousin Silas' next "... and friends" album ... if it is anything like "Coefficient of variation (waag_rel100)" then we will all be in for a real treat!

Thanks to the generous support of folks like Cousin Silas ... Warren Daly … Kevin Lyons ... 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’

I hope you enjoy this next level piece as much as I have.

-- Thomas Mathie (Motherwell, UK)




Saturday, May 13, 2017

Presenting ... Dronescape 037 by Cousin Silas



I always love it when the next dronescape arrives and I can dig deep ... I've been really busy with a new project in my day job and have thoroughly enjoyed diving into the detail with Cousin Silas' 37th longform dronescape to keep my company.

Simply put: it is a delight ... sonic healing for a heavy heart and a congested mind, aural balm for the times we can't quite focus;

Recently the Guardian did an article on ambient music ... in it they described one particular artist as "ambient for the flat white generation". It is purely coincidental that this cover for this dronescape features a flat white coffee, from a fab wee place in Glasgow, Scotland; I designed the cover a day before the article was published.

However, for me there is something there ... for I love my flat whites and I love ambient music ... I savour them both. I really hope you find this dronescape to be particularly palatable!

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





Monday, May 1, 2017

Presenting ... "Theme Music From The Aether (waag_rel099)" by Glenn Sogge featuring Boson Spin, Cousin Silas, and Candy L



A few months back, Wolfgang Gsell, ambient artist extraordinare and radio show host (www.modul303.com), posted a call for music for his upcoming themed shows. At first, I planned to just do a series of pieces for the shows. Then, I realized that this was a wonderful opportunity to kick-start some collaborations so I created a set of base tracks reflecting the themes listed by Wolfgang:

Winter, Holy and Silent, Memories, Weightless, and Mountains.

Some wonderful ambient composers agreed to collaborate in creating a multi-part 'suite of suites':  Boson Spin (Stan Magendanz, Brisbane, AU), Cousin Silas (Slaithwaite, UK), and Candy L (New York, USA).

Taking a clue from the Monty Python 3-sided record from back in the day, here is the collection of the versions plus the original base tracks. Feel free to build upon the original tracks if you are so inclined (they are licensed "Share Alike"). 

-- Glenn Sogge (Troutdale, OR, USA)

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When Glenn first spoke of his "suite of suites" I was intrigued. I love the concept of collaboration and was eager to hear what he and his collaborators - Boson Spin, our own Cousin Silas, and musical polymath Candy L - would bring to the party. I was not disappointed. 

Deep, dark (in places), and deliciously enthralling this is an album of more that its constituent parts; one that works on so many levels.

I'm grateful to Glenn for bringing this album to weareallghosts, it is so in keeping with our collaborative netlabel ethos.

As a result of the generous support of folks like Kevin Lyons ... Cousin Silas ... 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’

I hope you enjoy this "suite of suites" as much as I have.

-- Thomas Mathie (Motherwell, UK)

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Saturday, April 1, 2017

Presenting ... "Dancers at the End of Time (waag_rel098)" by Kevin Lyons





Kevin Lyons and I were daydreaming together, earlier today ... dreaming of opening up a space called "The End of Time" where the beer was microbrewed, the coffee was always fresh and made with v60s, and the music was decidedly ambient in nature with Cousin Silas playing live; Every night there would be a sci-fi film on and the kitchen would serve the best pizzas at any time of the day.

I guess we can dream.

I love Kevin Lyons' music ... it has a special something about it that always captures my imagination. He creates wonderfully vivid soundscapes that are so easy to be caught up in, soundscapes that engage and inspire in equal measure, soundscapes that feed the soul; Whilst Kevin plays well with others ... especially Cousin Silas and Tim Jones ... it is always a pleasure to hear what he's got to say on his own, the distillation of all his nerdy loves into 70 minutes of ambient music. We are, after all, the sum total of our influences and "Dances at the End of Time" is a wonderful summation of all that is Kevin.

As a result of the generous support of folks like Mr Lyons himself ... Cousin Silas ... 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’.

I really hope you will enjoy "Dancers at the End of Time" as much as I do.

- Thomas



https://archive.org/details/waag_rel098


Sunday, March 12, 2017

Presenting ... "The Moorcock Principle (waag_rel097)" by Cousin Silas & Kevin Lyons



I get really excited when I receive an album from Cousin Silas and Kevin Lyons. Theirs is a particularly vibrant collaboration, one that points to the very best of weird and science fiction. "The Moorcock Principle" is their fifth outing and the very name of it speaks of the very best in fantastical writing. I could be wrong but I'm sure track three -  Frank & Jerry's Final Confrontation - refers to Michael Moorcock's character, Jerry Cornelius.

This is my kind of ambient music: evocative and entertaining ... it provides the very best kind of soundtrack for reading or other similarly engaging endeavours. I lose myself in the waves of sound that are presented, the combination of Cousin Silas' ambient guitars and Kevin Lyons' electronics is, most definitely, a match made in the Multiverse.

So too is their ongoing partnership with artist, Andreas Schwietzke; his art so effectively catches the gist of what they are saying with their music. Our thanks go to Andreas, once more, for the permission to use his wonderful work.

As a result of the generous 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’.

I really hope you will enjoy "The Moorcock Principle" as much as I do ... just make sure there are no microbes on Uranus as you do.

- Thomas





Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Presenting ... Dronescape 036 (waag_drs036) by Cousin Silas



Not everyone can write longform music. It's not just a case of repeating a phrase and stretching it out for over an hour to create your drone; you have to make it interesting, and engaging ... it has to grab the listener's attention and keep it ... and it has to, dare I say, entertaining!
To make that kind of music take time and it takes talent ... and, most of all, it takes patience.

I am so glad Cousin Silas has all three!

weareallghosts are proud to present the thirty-sixth dronescape from Cousin Silas, a wonderfully imaginative seventy minute opus  that ticks all the boxes.

I regularly listen to Silas' dronescapes when I'm looking for some me time ... he's never let me down. Whether I need to zone out at work or want some peace and quiet at home or on the train to/from Glasgow ... Silas' dronescapes are a go-to choice. Dronescape 036 is a worthy addition to this rather extensive collection of longform music.

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 then we need to levy a small charge for some of our releases. Please help out by buying the dronescape.

That said, if you aren’t able to pay then please note a 320kbps version of this release will be available over on Archive for free.



https://archive.org/details/waag_drs036


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Presenting ... Scenes (waag_rrl006) by Coloured Lines


Adam Greenhead aka Coloured Lines is a patient man, Scenes, his latest full length album, should have been rereleased on weareallghosts a wee while ago but, for one reason or another, it was delayed ... that is until now. I guess albums on waag are like Wizards, they are never late but arrive exactly when they are meant to. But still, thanks for your patience!

I'm proud to rerelease Scenes for two reasons ... firstly, Scenes is a cracking slice of energetic instrumental electronica that deserves a wider audience (hence it is being rereleased on waag) and secondly, Greenhead is a lovely chap who deserves to be supported in what he does ... not just as Coloured Lines ... but in his latest venture, Bad Bat Records, a netlabel dedicated to helping release and promote independent artists. He's a giver and it's great to give back to givers like him.

As to the music, well it is wonderfully energetic and upbeat electronica that wouldn't be out of place on a Ghostly Records compilation ... it is well crafted and engaging ... a delight from start to finish. It seeks to convey a story with each track tells another chapter in that story ... a story of love and loss enacted under the glare of artificial lighting.

weareallghosts has made it's name on ambient music but it will always seek to stake it's reputation on the adventurous and the out-there. Scenes fits this ... just as the work of Cousin Silas, Delicate Apparatus and Matthew VandenBrook have before it. I hope these albums give you a real taste for what is to come in 2017 from us?

As this album is a rerelease and our intention is to support Greenhead in his endeavours, a small charge will be levied ... Scenes will not be available on Archive ... and all proceeds will go to Greenhead.

Thomas


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Presenting ... Mabinogi (waag_rel096) by Cousin Silas & The Glove Of Bones



Mabinogi
Taking it's title from the Medieval text, The Mabinogion (a loose translation of this being Juvenile Distractions), this work takes on non-narrative considerations about passing time, the joy of travel & landscape. 

Based round film and field recordings made on location in Pembroke, South Wales, this adds three new "branches" to the original stories. Each bears a Welsh language name and are broadly linked to Earth, Water & Air. 

In translation: 
1- Taith Hir (Long Road) 
2- Tonnau Araf (Slow Wave) 
3- Breuddwydion mewn carreg y Pentre Ifan (Stone Dreams at Pentre Ifan) 

The filmed materials provided the flow for the base audio, this then embellished by Cousin Silas, using light touch pads & atmospherics and further on, euphoric guitar parts. More information and the film can be found HERE.

- Adrian Nicholls aka The Glove of Bones

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Mabinogi, the utterly engaging collaboration between Cousin Silas & The Glove of Bones, was created to soundtrack a film by Adrian Nicholls; it features three longform ambient pieces that draw heavily on field recordings and found-sounds. 

This is headphone music, the kind that engrosses me and reminds me of the material Shaun Blezard used to issue on his seminal "Earth Monkey Productions" netlabel back in the day. Don't get me wrong, this isn't easy music ... this is dark, atmospheric and challenging, and not Cousin Silas' usual sound ... but it is also really rewarding.

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’. 

I really hope you will enjoy Mabinogi as much as I do. 

- Thomas



Sunday, January 29, 2017

Presenting ... Retrospective (waag_rrl005) by Delicate Apparatus



If anyone deserves a retrospective it is Chris Newman aka Delicate Apparatus. I’ve been eager to release something of his on weareallghosts ever since I heard his reworking of Cousin Silas's “In one corner of the sky”, the first track of the first album released on waag. I am delighted to feature on Newman’s reworking on this compilation along with a wide and varied selection of his music.

I find Newman’s work reminds me of Vangelis and, in particular, his seminal soundtrack to Blade Runner. Maybe it’s just me, I am known for my obsession with this soundtrack, but I really like the floaty nature of Newman’s music and see parallels that possibly others won’t. Regardless of comparison, I have throughly enjoyed getting to know the pieces contained within this selection and am proud to bring them to the waag audience.

There is real variety on display within this retrospective … from short, expressive synth ideas to deeper, longform dark ambient pieces … and it is in this variety that Newman’s talent is acknowledged.

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’.

I really hope you will enjoy this retrospective of Chris Newman’s work as much as I do.

- Thomas






Sunday, January 8, 2017

Presenting ... Oblique (waag_rel095) by Matthew VandenBrook


Oblique, the latest release by Matthew VandenBrook on weareallghosts, is a fully immersive and adventurous journey ... from the opening atmospherics of "An evolution of the path" to the closing piano of "The Transcience of Beautiful Things" ... the listener is bathed in exotic, otherworldly ambience that enthrals and engages. 

VandenBrook's use of sound is remarkable ... I have always thought this but he really has confirmed it on Oblique ... the quirky notes and electronic patterns that create engaging atmospheres, the drones that bathe the listener in light, the sounds that entertain; Oblique truly is a delight. 

I really hope there is more Matthew VandenBrook in waag's future. I love his music and have throughly enjoyed what he has released through this little netlabel.

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’.

I really hope you will enjoy Oblique as much as I do.

- Thomas




Monday, January 2, 2017

Presenting ... Recrudescence (waag_rel094) by Cousin Silas



According to the dictionary, recrudescence means ... "breaking out afresh or into renewed activity; revival or reappearance in active existence" ... and it is a fitting albeit tongue-tying title for a collection of music by Cousin Silas that he himself has remixed, rearranged and revived. 

Recrudescence means to reopen and make raw again as in to reopen a wound. I see this more as a potter remoulding their clay, reshaping it, reusing it as they see fit. Silas is the potter and his music is his clay.

Our favourite Cousin has reworked his original soundscapes (the exact ones he will not divulge to me) and created something wonderfully fresh and new that will bring delight to all who take a listen.

Recrudescence has eight parts of varying length - from seven minutes to over eleven - and at no point is the source material is identified. This ensures a new experience for even the most avid of listeners. I, for one, thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

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 over on Bandcamp for ‘pay what you want’.

I really hope you will enjoy Recrudescence as much as I do.

- Thomas