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.


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.


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

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

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


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