Sunday, April 21, 2013

Presenting not one but two releases from Cousin Silas ... "East (waag_rel021)" and "Future Tense (waag_sng002)"

When "Of Passing Days" commenced for the first time all those months ago and I heard those first few bars … I was overcome with the sense of the new along with that familiar feeling of the familiar … it was then that it became apparent to me that this album was going to be very special … and very special it is.

"East (waag_rel021)" is simply wonderful … my kind of wonderful … my kind of special. A double-album of music from an artist who is, in my opinion, at the top of his game.

Haunting synths, gentle lilting percussion, vibrant bass, intriguing field-recordings and vocal samples, and his guitar all come together in such an exemplary manner.

From the upbeat bearing of the title tracks - "East" - through to the mournful and melancholic longform piece - "Slow Rotations" - it is through the variety that is presented here that we can all bear witness to someone whose talent within the ambient musical genre knows no bounds.

I am very proud to have this double-album on weareallghosts and uphold it as a milestone in the label's evolution. This is our 30th release and one truly worthy of its peers. Its sits perfectly with both the overall Silas canon, his work specifically for weareallghosts and the entire body-of-work I am so delighted to have amassed under the waag banner.
Thank you, Cousin Silas.

As before, a copy of this double-album will be available in MP3 format on Archive for free, with a lossless version available here on Bandcamp for "pay what you want".

This album was uploaded to Bandcamp on the 20th April, 2013 aka Record Store Day ... the day music fans and collectors support their local Record Store. Please support independent music in all its glorious forms and, if you can with the same thought in mind, please support the work of both Cousin Silas and weareallghosts. Who knows, with your support, we may see physical releases from waag in our local Record Store in time for some future Record Store Day.

You are, however, welcome to pay £0 for this recording … all we ask is that if you do so ... you promise to tell everyone you know about it.

"Future Tense (waag_sng002)" is the second single on weareallghosts and came about purely by accident. It was meant to be on "East (waag_rel021)" but, due to an oversight on my part, it got missed off the list for uploading.

Rather than add it to the album retrospectively I thought it appropriate to give it a wee bit of its own spotlight. It is a cracking track with some seriously great guitar on there ... one of Silas' best in my opinion ... and I really hope you'll agree it deserves its own space.

So here it is ... "Future Tense (waag_sng002)".

I hope you enjoy these releases as much as I do.


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