Sunday, February 24, 2019

Presenting ... Ballard Landscapes 7 (waag_rel129) by Cousin Silas

I think it was the original "Ballard Landscapes" on Shaun Blezard's seminal Earth Monkey Productions imprint that introduced me to the rabbit hole that is Cousin Silas' music. A lot of water has flowed under the bridge since those days and my relationship with our Cousin Dave has flourished and developed in so many ways that I could never have foreseen. In short, I am proud to call him a friend and know, with absolute certainty, that weareallghosts would not be what it is without his input. In fact, it probably would not exist considering it was our favourite Yorkshireman who inspired me to make the move. Yes, it's his fault!

I loved his Ballard Landscapes, back in the day, because I hadn't heard anything quite like them ... whilst I was familiar with Tangerine Dream and considered "Rubycon" as one of my favourite albums, this was different: it had atmosphere and space and a sense of place; it was music I could think to, dream to; it didn't interfere if I didn't want it to, and in a time before I became familiar with Brian Eno's music, it was truly ambient music;

It is with this in mind that I welcome the seventh instalment of Silas' Ballard Landscapes series, atmospheric music inspired by the writing of J. G. Ballard.

It is to my shame that I don't know enough of Ballard's writing but his work IS on my list if it does inspire his readers in such ways. I have certainly been inspired by Silas' Landscapes and am so very grateful that he agreed to release this album on waag.

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 on Bandcamp for ‘pay what you want’.


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