Sunday, August 8, 2021

Presenting ... "A Dark Time (waag_rel150)" by James Hoehl




It's been a while ...

It's been a while since the last release on waag ... and in this time James Hoehl has been busy creating a wonderfully dark and deeply atmospheric ambient album that sits effortlessly with the darker music that have come before it.

My love of atmospheric ambient music is well known and "A Dark Time" is a welcome addition to my personal rotation ... it is evocative and immersive, it entices me in with the opening track - "The Dream Stars" - and holds my attention to the closing of the fascinatingly titled and very vivid "Late 1980s Ultra Death Ray".

I am grateful to James for his faith in waag.

I am also grateful to Ian Borthwick whose piece, The Recovery, he kindly allowed for the cover art of "A Dark Time". Please check out his Instagram - @beattockboy - for regular inspiration.

As before, "A Dark Time" will be available for free over on Archive.org ... and for "pay what you want" on Bandcamp.





Sunday, March 28, 2021

Presenting ... Cousin Silas & Friends volume 8 part 5 (waag_rel148)

 

At the start of British Summer Time, we are grateful for the lighter nights ... we have hope in the UK for the future and, as vaccinations continue, we see light at the end of the tunnel ... we'll soon be out of this period of darkness.

And it is in this environment, that Cousin Silas brings the fifth part of his " ... and friends, volume eight", a wonderful mix of delightfully gentle ambience ("Bondservant Ballad" by Cousin Silas & Sergio Mariani or "Interplanetary Drift In Front Of Starfield" by Cousin Silas & Ian Craig); atmospheric ambient soundscapes ("The Birth Of Orpheus" by Cousin Silas & Pete Swinton, "Deep Space" by Cousin Silas & I.v. Martinez, and "Bones Left Bare" by Cousin Silas & Allen Pitts); engaging electronica ("Goodbye Planet Earth" by Cousin Silas & Brian M Talgo or "Intercontinental Guitar Tango" by Cousin Silas & Adam Steinberg); and the vibrant and quirky ("Another Black Cat In The Boatyard" by Cousin Silas & Glove Of Bones or "Jetsam" by Cousin Silas & Glenn Sogge);

I've said it before but this volume really does get better and better. 

As with the previous parts, there is just so much beauty on this album and I, for one, think our world needs this right now. 

- Thomas 

PS ... Volume 8 in all its parts will be "pay what you want" ... I would rather you download this album for free and pay it forward by using the money you may have spent to donate to a charity doing something positive in these strange days. 

I also want this album to be accessible to folks who may have financial concerns as a result of the pandemic ... please take the album for free and may it be a help and blessing to you in these uncertain times. 

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**Tracklist**

01. Cousin Silas & Sergio Mariani - Bondservant Ballad 07:53

02. Cousin Silas & Brian M Talgo - Goodbye Planet Earth 05:01

03. Cousin Silas & Glove Of Bones - Another Black Cat In The Boatyard 06:18

04. Cousin Silas & Adam Steinberg - Intercontinental Guitar Tango 08:28

05. Cousin Silas & Glenn Sogge - Jetsam 10:22

06. Cousin Silas & Pete Swinton - The Birth Of Orpheus 03:48

07. Cousin Silas & I.v. Martinez - Deep Space 20:33

08. Cousin Silas & Allen Pitts - Bones Left Bare 04:26

09. Cousin Silas & Ian Craig - Interplanetary Drift In Front Of Starfield 08:55

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Archive > https://archive.org/details/waag_rel148







Sunday, March 7, 2021

Presenting ... Resonant Arcana (waag_rel147) by Er Go



"Resonant Arcana (waag_rel147)" blurs lines between ambient, neoclassical, experimental electronic, and shifts effortlessly between them ... it explores a pensive and melancholic sound-world that balances orchestral instrumentation, dynamic synthesisers, and esoteric audio manipulation ... and differs from my first album with a darker tone and wider sonic palette. "Resonant Arcana (waag_rel147)" retains the same emphasis on harmonic and textural richness as "Into Air (waag_rel134)", and keeps a restrained melodic sensibility within its ambient leanings ... all seven tracks ebb and flow between movement & stasis, curiosity & contemplation, tension & calm.
- Eric Goldberg aka Er Go

I am proud to present "Resonant Arcana (waag_rel147)" by Eric Goldberg aka Er Go. I was, and am, a big fan of "Into Air (waag_rel134)" and welcome any addition to his canon ... I am particularly taken with this album and look to it as a peer to fabulous work we've seen recently from George L Smyth. I also think of recent work Cousin Silas has released in collaboration with James Lowe and am really buoyed by these kind of soundscapes: pastoral and elegant with an expansive richness, a harmonic and textural richness as Eric says, grounded with an undercurrent of melancholia.

As before, a 320kbps version of this release will be available, for free, over on Archive with a lossless version available on Bandcamp for ‘pay what you want’.
- Thomas






Sunday, February 7, 2021

Presenting ... Air Flows Like Water (waag_rel146) by William Spivey



I am a huge fan of William Spivey's music and when he came to me with this release I was like "YES!!! Now what was it that you wanted to ask?"

I was eager to hear where his music had evolved from our latest outing, "Glimpse (waag_rel051)", back in May, 2014; and I wasn't disappointed: "Air Flows Like Water (waag_rel146)" is a wonderfully meditative album that flows gently along with found sounds and bird song, ambient drones and vibrant synths, verbal prompts, bells and chimes, and throat-singing all in the mix.

What began as field recordings has morphed into the most wonderful set of soundscapes that are perfect for the time we are in ... intentionally unhurried, these pieces resonate with something deep inside and provide calming respite from the anxiety of now.

I have benefitted from this album and I thank William for sending it on. I also extend my thanks to William's son, Paki, for the artwork he made for the album.

A 320kbps version of this release will be available, for free, over on Archive with a lossless version available here on Bandcamp for ‘pay what you want’.

- Thomas

https://archive.org/details/waag-rel146




Sunday, January 3, 2021

Presenting ... Stratus Caster (waag_rel145) by Thomas Jackson Park

 



I'll admit to being new to Generative Music, it is not something I was aware was "a thing" until Thomas Jackson Park pitched the idea to me for his track on last year's compilation, all|is|bright_2020 ... I was intrigued and did a bit of digging. According to Wikipedia, Generative Music is a term popularised by Brian Eno to describe music that is ever-different and changing, and that is created by a system. I was further intrigued and, through our correspondence, Jackson Park let me hear an album of his generative compositions ... I was more than a little impressed with what is now called "Stratus Caster".

During this correspondence, Jackson Park patiently tried to explain his process to me: he uses Python code in a Generative/Iterative context with keywords employed to help him assemble a number of different possible sounds for unique ensemble roles. The code creates a large amount of possibilities that Jackson Park then brings together to create "Stratus Caster".

I find the whole thing fascinating and welcome this new idea to weareallghosts as I welcome back Jackson Park.

I hope you will find something engaging about what has been curated for your listening pleasure.

A 320kbps version of this release is available, for free, over on Archive with a lossless version available on Bandcamp for ‘pay what you want’. 

- Thomas

https://archive.org/details/waag_rel145





Sunday, December 13, 2020

Presenting ... all​|​is​|​bright_2020 (waag_COM005)




When I spoke out loud about my love for the all|is|calm series that Brad used to curate over on his netlabel, FreeFloating, and wondered if we could revive it ... needless-to-say I didn't expect the response I've received: 17 wonderfully diverse tracks that really work together and, for the most part, bring something meditative for this time of the year.

Yes, some of the artists didn't take the direction I gave them of "not too out there" ... but do I care? Not one bit. The music on this, the fifth weareallghosts compilation, is simply delightful and I am rather overwhelmed, if truth be told.

From the fantastic opener from Tim Kays that references rocket launches to the minimal piece from Kevin Buckland, we have a very varied selection of predominately ambient music. The overall theme is downbeat and melodic with some excellent pieces from Allen Pitts, Cousin Silas, George L Smyth, and Pat Pik.

We also have some more atmospheric and abstract pieces from Pendro, Jaime Munárriz, Puppy Bordiga, and Autonomaton that bring something special and really up the interesting level.

Thomas Jackson Park makes a welcome return to waag with one of his generative pieces that acts as an intriguing prelude to his upcoming release on waag in the new year.

There are more sequenced, electronic pieces from Brian Talgo, James Lowe, Ramón Sánchez, and EISENLAGER in the mix too ... all bringing a sense of the upbeat and the euphoric to the compilation.

Lastly, we have a late addition from Jon Johnson that is crazy brilliant in the way all the best Christmas songs are.

All of this combines to make nearly 2 hours of truly exceptional electronic music ... and I thank all the artists for their work!

I also extend my thanks to Cousin Silas for his help with sound levels and sequencing of the compilation.

I would like to give something back with this compilation ... so all monies received will be donated to charity. As such, this compilation will not be available on Archive.

- Thomas





Friday, December 4, 2020

Presenting ... The Changing Of The Seasons (waag_rel144) by George L Smyth





Each season has its own personality, some with aspects both loved and abhorred. However, these seasons do not start and end at specified times, but fold into one another, at times with fits and starts. We start awaiting a season to begin, then experience the season, and finally we feel it slip away.

The Changing of the Seasons is a set of four pieces, each representing a season, and each piece having three parts - awaiting the season, the season, and following the season. Each of the twelve segments offers its own theme, its own representation of the time of year, as it relentlessly moves through our lives.

While each of the four pieces can be played in any sequence, or alone, the recommendation is to start with Spring and end with Winter, like a year waking up and moving through to the point where it again falls asleep, restarting the cycle.

- George

On what is a miserable winter's day, I am proud to release the latest album from George L Smyth, entitled "The Changing Of The Seasons (waag_rel144)".

This is an album that could so easily be the soundtrack to a film ... it features engaging orchestration and scoring, and an effervescent expression that really helps to convey the nuances of the four seasons.

I find this album to be utterly captivating and have had it on repeat as well as interspersed with other modern classical work. I personally think it sits nicely with the work of Max Richter and Leonard Roseman; and makes me dream of the sounds Smyth could make with access to a full orchestra.

This is not Smyth's first release with weareallghosts, his album "Winterfylleth" remains a fave for this time of year and "The Changing Of The Seasons" is definitely cut from the same cloth: warm, accessible modern classical music with a minimalist edge and a romantic tinge.

I really hope you enjoy this album as much as I have and will, no doubt, continue to do over the years.

As before, my thanks goes to the wonderful waag community for their generous support.

- Thomas