Sunday, August 9, 2020

Presenting ... Cousin Silas & Friends volume 8 part 2 (waag_rel140)

Cousin Silas & Friends volume 8 part 2 (waag_rel140) - Front

 

Cousin Silas & Friends volume 8 part 2 (waag_rel140) - back

In April, I spoke of strange days requiring strange music ... that uneasy listening is ideally for the uneasy times that we experience. 

I didn't think that, in what is now the second-half of 2020, things would remain so utterly weird: 

Whilst our shops and restaurants and cafes and pubs open up ... we have face-masks and hand-sanitiser and still cannot hug our loved ones. Our movements are tracked and whole towns have been locked back down due to a resurgence in the virus. We have people grateful for the relaxation in the rules, trying as best they can to get back to some sense of normality and we also have people protesting having to wear a mask as if looking after both yourself and your neighbour is a bad thing. 

And in response to these strange and uncertain times, Cousin Silas amassed a group of his friends to create, in collaboration and at a distance, another of his exceptional " ... and friends" albums.

Together, alone ... this group of friends has created music that speaks to this day with ambient sounds, beats, guitar and bass. I welcome more music from Cousin Silas and his friends, and thank him for this: the second part of Volume 8 ... may this become the soundtrack to your time at home. 

- Thomas 

PS ... Volume 8 in all its parts will be "pay what you want" ... I would rather you download this album for free and pay it forward by using the money you may have spent to donate to a charity doing something positive in these strange days. 

I also want this album to be accessible to folks who may have financial concerns as a result of the pandemic ... please take the album for free and may it be a help and blessing to you in these uncertain times. 


**Tracklist**

01. Cousin Silas & Glove Of Bones - Intermission 3 - Nails 03:11

02. Cousin Silas & Autonomaton - Storm Of Days 05:04

03. Cousin Silas, Glenn Sogge, Ron Shayler, Puppy Bordiga, & Jaime Munárriz - Urban Suburban 04:45

04. Cousin Silas & Adam Steinberg - Drak Bonsere 06:32

05. Cousin Silas, Tubby Myers, Ron Shayler, & Puppy Bordiga - Where has Everyone Gone 06:01

06. Cousin Silas & computerchemist - Goodbye Home Service 07:40

07. Cousin Silas, Tubby Myers & Altocirrus - Downbeat 07:37

08. Cousin Silas & Wilfried Hanrath - Holy Moly, She Said And.. 08:14

09. Cousin Silas & Pete Swinton - Sharks In Venice (Part 2) 05:03

10. Cousin Silas & Pendro - Leo McKern's Kegs 12:06

11. Cousin Silas & Adam Steinberg - Approaching Metropolis 05:59




https://archive.org/details/waag_rel140b







Sunday, June 28, 2020

Presenting ... "Emporium Sampler (waag_EMP001)" by Cousin Silas


One of my main motivations, when I first talked about setting up weareallghosts, was to bring all the music of Cousin Silas under one roof or, at the very least, give a home to a good, sizeable chunk of it ... I felt Silas deserved some stability.

All these years later and Cousin Silas is finally bringing all his music, well most of his music, under one roof: his own. And, in doing so, remastering then rereleasing some of his seminal works with additional bonus tracks to enjoy.

The reasons for him doing so are varied: we've lost Candy and the future of her netlabel is uncertain ... there is also the desire to refresh the work (with my other hat on, I've been involved ... creating new album covers and seeking to build a unique visual identity for him) ... and a real desire to bring all his albums back together, all bar the ones on waag.

As such, the "Emporium Sampler" is quite simply that: a sampler of the music on Cousin Silas' netlabel ... it is an introduction to his non-waag music in the off-chance that you may not have heard it before now and wish to expand your collection.

I hope you enjoy the music on offer and take some time to explore the music Cousin Silas' has to offer over on his Bandcamp page: https://cousinsilas1.bandcamp.com

This album will not be available on Archive.

Thomas



Sunday, June 14, 2020

Presenting ... Tales of Space Exploration 43​-​50 (waag_rel139) by Brother Saturn



 It's been a while ... more than four years since the last instalment in the "Tales of Space Exploration" series from Brother Saturn aka Drew Miller ... and in that time Drew has grown as a musician and as a person.

We have heard from Drew in the intervening time ... "Unstable Lands (waag_rel087)", "Apollo, can you hear me? (waag_rel104)", and "Music for Sleep (waag_rel130)" ... but there has always been a desire, at least for me, to revisit the familiar themes of travel, desolation, home and of loneliness; the themes the "Tales of ..." series so eloquently describe.

I am so glad that the series continues ... and hope you are too?

I am delighted to welcome Mason Van Kraayenburg who contributes to the track "Night Owls & Hummingbirds" and gives us all the feels with his guitar playing ... it is a collaboration that shows a new level of maturity from Miller, one that I welcome with open arms.

I also welcome Adam Howie's artwork and am so grateful that he agreed to work with us again ... it just wouldn't be the same without his masterful illustration gracing the cover of the latest "Tales of ..." release. His piece - "The Unknown Meaning of the Journey" is available to purchase and I would heartily encourage you to support Howie's art. Go here > linktr.ee/kimded < for more information.

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’.

- Thomas

https://archive.org/details/waag_rel139





Sunday, April 26, 2020

Presenting ... Seclusion (waag_rel138) by Gurdonark




"Seclusion (waag_rel138)", the latest album from my dear friend Robert H. Nunnally Jr aka Gurdonark, was created during the Covid-19 pandemic. It features his futuristic lullabies, collages that have been informed and inspired by the lockdown. A sense of unease and of distance pervades these soundscapes ... a  vast yet wistful emptiness that is expressed through uncertainty and dissonance.

These are uneasy times and this is uneasy music for these uneasy times ... but with the right attitude and a wee bit of effort, I hope you will find Gurdonark's latest a rewarding one.

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’.

- Thomas

https://archive.org/details/waag_rel138b





Sunday, April 12, 2020

Presenting ... Cousin Silas & Friends volume 8 part 1



It could be argued that strange days require strange music ... uneasy listening for uneasy times ... and it can also be argued that one person's uneasy listening is another's vegan quiche.

These are strange days indeed. I doubt anyone could have predicted the first-half of 2020 would have been so utterly weird. 

Social distancing ... quarantine ... self-isolation ... PPE ... safe, not stuck, at home ... pandemic ... lockdown ... furlough ... terms used daily in the common parlance of those working from home along with those who are not, heard on the broadcast media that has become the focal point of our anxiety and our worry, heard on video calls with loved ones or brief conversations held from the top and bottom of a driveway.

And in response to these strange and uncertain times, Cousin Silas has amassed another group of his friends to create, in collaboration and at a distance, another of his exceptional " ... and friends" albums. 

Together, alone ... this group of friends has created music that speaks to this day with ambient sounds, beats, guitar and bass, found sounds, sampled speech, and even the spoken word of Andrew Darlington ... sometimes in the same track, sometimes not.

I welcome this music from Cousin Silas and his friends, and do note with appreciation, that this is only the first part of Volume 8. More is to come.

May this become the soundtrack to your time at home.

- Thomas

PS Volume 8 in all its parts will be "pay what you want" ... I would rather you download this album for free and pay it forward by using the money you may have spent to donate to a charity doing something positive in these strange days. 

I also want this album to be accessible to folks who may have financial concerns as a result of the pandemic ... please take the album for free and may it be a help and blessing to you in these uncertain times.

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TRACK LISTING
01. Cousin Silas with Har, Wilfried Hanrath, Martin Neuhold, & Andrew Darlington - Four Enigmatic Epitaphs Part 1 01:28
02. Cousin Silas with Tubby Myers, Ron Shayler & Jaime Munárriz - Red Sky Capillary 04:39
03. Cousin Silas with Ron Shayler & Glenn Sogge - Who Am I 04:41
04. Cousin Silas with Har, Wilfried Hanrath, Martin Neuhold, & Andrew Darlington - Four Enigmatic Epitaphs Part 2 01:28
05. Cousin Silas with Miriam Christina, Ron Shayler & Jaime Munárriz - Subtile Sprache 07:40
06. Cousin Silas with computerchemist, Tubby Myers, Kevin Lyons, Ron Shayler & Jaime Munárriz - Skyhigh Glideway 10:39
07. Cousin Silas with Har, Wilfried Hanrath, Martin Neuhold, & Andrew Darlington - Four Enigmatic Epitaphs Part 3 01:16
08. Cousin Silas with Asphalt Layer, Glenn Sogge, Ron Shayler & Jaime Munárriz - Soulidify 04:27
09. Cousin Silas & Adam Sternberg - An Underlying Air Of Uncertainty 07:29
10. Cousin Silas with Har, Wilfried Hanrath, Martin Neuhold, & Andrew Darlington - Four Enigmatic Epitaphs Part 4 02:48
11. Cousin Silas & Ron Depaepe - Space Oddity 04:02
12. Cousin Silas & Srigala - Sharks In Venice 03:37
13. Cousin Silas & Gaetano Fontanazza - Dark Escape 04:53
14. Cousin Silas with Ron Shayler & Martin Neuhold - Everywhere Is Grey 03:44
15. Cousin Silas with Doug Lynner, Ron Shayler & Glenn Sogge - Popgun 06:26
16. Cousin Silas & Glove Of Bones - Intermission 4 (Float) 06:41

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Presenting ... Dronescape 044 (waag_drs044) by Cousin Silas



From the magical to the mysterious, it amazes me how Dronescape 043 can be so magical and then the next longform piece in the Dronescape series - "Dronescape 044" from Cousin Silas - can be so eerie, weird and mysterious.

When first I listened to this piece I was immediately taken with its vastness and sense of scale... it made me think of walking in the cyclopian city on the Antarctic plateau that was visited by Professor William Dyer in Lovecraft's seminal tale, "At the Mountains of Madness".

The piece has a breathless, otherworldly nature ... it features a constant drone that is interspersed with weird "moments" that shock the senses and bring a sense of the present to the listener.

This is a piece best listened to at night ... with headphones ... and no distractions ... it will inspire the darkest of dreams.

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 in the quantity that we do, we need to levy a small charge for our releases. Please help out by buying the dronescape.

That said, if you aren’t able to then please note a 320kbps version of this release is over on Archive for free.

- Thomas

https://archive.org/details/waag_drs044


Sunday, February 9, 2020

Presenting ... Scenes from Suburbia (waag_rel136) by Cousin Silas & Candy L



For me, it is wonderfully bittersweet to release "Scenes from Suburbia (waag_rel136)" by Cousin Silas & Candy L so close to  Candy's birthday ... I'm not sure how old she would have been if she had not lost her battle against cancer and, to be honest, it doesn't matter ... what matters is that the world and our wee community of DIY ambient musicians is considerably poorer for her not being with us.

"Scenes from Suburbia (waag_rel136)" was created in collaboration between the adorably prolific Cousin Silas and Candy, who somehow managed to fit in recording her parts to their album while running a netlabel that I, for one, was equally proud and envious of. Candy's work ethic was unparalleled, as was her creative expression. The atmospheric expressions contained within this album are truly extraordinary, they are varied and engaging ... and serve to remind us how much poorer we are for not having Candy in our midst.

This album was earmarked for release on Candy's label - Studio 4632 - but wasn't released due to Candy's untimely passing. I don't think I am alone in thinking that Candy would not have wanted it to languish on the digital equivalent of a dusty shelf, Cousin Silas certainly didn't think so when he offered it to waag. I am proud to give this album a home and hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

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

- Thomas

https://archive.org/details/waag_rel136




Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Presenting ... 11 Tales of Space and Intrigue (waag_rel135) by Cousin Silas & Kevin Lyons




Cousin Silas and Kevin Lyons make the spookiest of sci-fi inspired ambient music and "11 Tales of Space and Intrigue (waag_rel135)" is a superb addition to their body of work.

Theirs are the sounds of abandoned space-stations and far-off moons and the imagined goings-on of the extra-terrestrial stars of loved children's TV shows ... their evocative music is the music that feeds the imagination and inspires daydreams of burning worlds and the most captivating of deserts on the Red Planet.

I, for one, am a huge fan and love nothing more than to sit back with my headphones on, basking in these soundscapes.

I am delighted to see their ongoing partnership with artist, Andreas Schwietzke, continues unabated. As I have said before, his art so effectively catches the gist of what they are saying with their music. Once more, our thanks go to Andreas for the permission to use his wonderful work.

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’.

- Thomas


https://archive.org/details/waag_rel135