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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