Sunday, January 13, 2019

Presenting ... The Emporium Project - 1point3 (waag_rel126) by Cousin Silas & Friends




The Emporium Project 1.3 (waag_rel126) is the third of five albums from Cousin Silas and his Friends, and features another eclectic selection of sounds, opening as it does with a 25 minute longform track entitled "Pas de la Dame Sauvage (Strone Part Three)" from Cousin Silas & Jeff Appleton that is wonderfully atmospheric and sets the scene for the remainder of the album. From there we move to something more melodic, "Mirror Family" by Cousin Silas & Darren Douglas Danahy, that I find captivating and strangely reminiscent of John Carpenter's soundtracks.

As before, I could list all the tracks, for they all mean something to me, but I would be here all day. We go from longform and experimental sounds in all their various guises to Berlin School with OneAmbient4; we have noisy and engaging and resolutely unique sounds ... suffice to say this is another belter of a compilation.

We continue to use this series as an opportunity to give a little back to our wider community. All monies raised from the sale of this album will be donated to Hospice UK. I am both fortunate and grateful to work for an employer who actively matches all donations made ... so every purchase will be doubled for the benefit of a very worthy cause.

I really do hope you will enjoy this album as much as I have.

- Thomas

**Please Note:** due to the fundraising aspect of this album, it will not be added to our collection over at archive.org.




Sunday, January 6, 2019

Presenting ... Vista 2 (waag_rel125) by Eraser Ears



Eraser Ears are on a roll and I am proud to present their latest album, "Vista 2 (waag_rel125)".

"Vista 2" was recorded live at the Hybrid Festival, 21st September 2018; and features their wonderfully improvised, sonically powerful soundscapes that, in some way, remind me of
Tangerine Dream and REDSHIFT.

As I wished before, for their first outing on WAAG, I wish again: to have been there ... at Vista ... soaking up the sounds as they were presented in real time. Who knows, it may happen? But in the meantime, please enjoy parts "Uno" and "Dos".

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

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’.

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Recorded live at the Hybrid Festival, 21st September 2018

Eraser Ears / Orejas Borradoras

Tino Varela: Orbitador, processed micro-percussion.
Richi F. Martin: Maschine, Volca FM.
David Llorente: VCV Rack.
Miguel Oliveros: PureData, Moog DFAM, KaossPad.
Jaime Munárriz: NihilÌfono, Open Tape Scratch, Microbrute, effects.

Eraser Ears is a project of LiSD/Codelab, the image and sound experimental laboratory directed by Jaime Munárriz, based at the Fine Arts faculty, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

Artwork by Jaime Munárriz

Logistics by Thomas Mathie for weareallghosts.co.uk

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https://archive.org/details/waag_rel125

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Monday, December 24, 2018

Presenting ... The Emporium Project - 1point2 (waag_rel124) by Cousin Silas & Friends




"The Emporium Project 1.2 (waag_rel124)" is the second of five albums from Cousin Silas and his Friends, and features another eclectic selection of sounds: Dubby Christmas vibes and the most delightful synths come together with most wonderful soundscape created with bells ... another longform piece in collaboration with Kevin Buckland is juxtaposed against a superbly atmospheric track entitled "Entropy Swamp" ... it is a superb selection.

I could list all the tracks, for they all mean something to me, but I would be here all day. Suffice to say this is another belter of a compilation and I cannot wait for the next instalment.

As before, we will use this series as an opportunity to give a little back to our wider community. All monies raised from the sale of this album will be donated to Hospice UK. I am both fortunate and grateful to work for an employer who actively matches all donations made ... so every purchase will be doubled for the benefit of a very worthy cause.

I really do hope you will enjoy this album as much as I have.

Oh and I have used another of Carrie Favretto's wonderful images to create a Playlist cover. If you are like me ... and have an iPhone ... you will already have a Playlist awaiting this instalment. You now have a cover for said Playlist, another unique image in keeping the series' theme.

- Thomas

Please Note: due to the fundraising aspect of this album, it will not be added to our collection over at archive.org.





Saturday, December 15, 2018

Presenting ... The Emporium Project - 1point1 (waag_rel123) by Cousin Silas & Friends




Coming in at just over two hours long (two hours and nine minutes to be precise) is the first part of the first "The Emporium Project" ... a collection of collaborations that span multiple genres but hold true to their central, uniting force ... Cousin Silas.

On 1.1, Cousin Silas & his Friends bring to the table: longform ambient and unique sounds inspired by ska ... atmospheric soundscapes that use field recordings and tracks that feel like they were recorded in an out-of-the-way Blues club ... dark ambient eeriness and more percussive sounds. It is, without doubt, a varied set, one that will appeal to the curious and the adventurous in equal measure.

As mentioned above, this is the first part of the first Emporium Project ... you can expect four more parts in the coming days and weeks ... roughly ten hours in total and plenty to keep you occupied in the dark days of winter (in the Northern Hemisphere).

As before, we will use this series as an opportunity to give a little back to our wider community. All monies raised from the sale of this album will be donated to Hospice UK. I am both fortunate and grateful to work for an employer who actively matches all donations made ... so every purchase will be doubled for the benefit of a very worthy cause.

I really do hope you will enjoy this album as much as I have.

- Thomas

Please Note: due to the fundraising aspect of this album, it will not be added to our collection over at archive.org.





Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The Fortean Project (waag_rel122) by Cousin Silas & Kevin Lyons



Cousin Silas and Kevin Lyons do it again. With "The Fortean Project (waag_rel122)" they have created another album of dark and atmospheric soundscapes, an album that will soundtrack your wildest Cyclopean nightmares and provide aural accompaniment for your weirdest of unexplainable experiences.

The sounds presented here are deliciously dark and seriously spooky, they have a vibrancy that fans of dark ambient will totally get. I, for one, love them and have spoken before about my fondness for reading HP Lovecraft whilst listening to music of this ilk.

And it is reading that has inspired both Silas and Lyons, reading of the Fortean Times, a British monthly magazine devoted to what is called "anomalous phenomena" on their Wikipedia page. Whilst I am not a reader myself, I can testify to Cousin Silas' love of the publication: he's always talking about it and, when I visit him, he always has a couple of copies lying about. He gets his inspiration from this monthly and I get inspired by him ... and I hope you do too?

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

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’.

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https://archive.org/details/waag_rel122

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Friday, November 23, 2018

Presenting ... Sacred Space (waag_rel121) by Cousin Silas & Kevin Buckland




Of all the music Cousin Silas has released, especially on weareallghosts, I am fondest of his longform pieces. I find his Dronescapes especially fascinating because they have a versatility about them: I listen to them at work when I need to find my flow and block out a busy, open-plan office; I listen to them on the train when I want to dig into a book and block out a busy carriage; I listen to them when I need to rest and block out the busyness of my home and/or my brain; They work for me on a number of levels but, in each occasion, the intention is to escape, to block out, to evade the noise that surrounds me, that could so easily envelop me, if I allowed it to. To me these soundscapes are sacred spaces ... places I can retreat to, my sonic safe-house, so to speak.

It is with this in mind that I approach this appropriately titled collaboration between Cousin Silas and a new entrant to the waag roster, Kevin Buckland. "Sacred Spaces (waag_rel121)" is a series of ambient pieces that provide a place to retreat to ... a place to be alone and to rest and to consider. Pieces that provide respite from the 24-7 always-on culture that appears to pervade every element of our very being.

The collaboration of Cousin Silas' wide-open guitar and Kevin Buckland's equally spacious ambience creates the most wonderful of welcoming soundscapes ... unhurried & unforced, these are pieces for the soul as well as the ears, meditative pieces for taking precious time out, however it is that you do that.

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

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

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https://archive.org/details/waag_rel121c

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Presenting ... Flux (waag_rel120) by Matthew VandenBrook




I have a real fondness for Matthew VandenBrook and his uniquely particular (and particularly unique) version of experimental electronic music.

He pushes boundaries and, at times, challenges me within his prolific expressions ... often leaving me perplexed until (as much through exposure as epiphany) the lightbulb comes on and I get to see (hear) his music through his eyes (ears). "Flux" is such an album.

I cannot begin to describe the sounds featured on "Flux", it truly has to be heard ... to be experienced ... to be worn in. What I will say, however, is that "Flux" is most definitely in keeping with the rest of his body of work and I am proud to present it on weareallghosts.

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

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’.

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https://archive.org/details/waag_rel120

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