Milieu - Beyond the Sea Lies the Stars
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2006. Limited edition of 505.
Mining a provenance of sounds from a distant & disbanded orchestra Milieu reassembles then quietly broadcasts the collected notes into a wide expanse. It is his first full ambient offering to be heard from a library of many hours of sound experimentation in drone, ambient and lush found sound litanies. Beyond the Sea is shrouded in distant fog…there are lights that seem to appear briefly and then are calmly eclipsed. There is a fascination in this nebulous balance of sonorous melodies from decades ago, almost hopeful, yet an undercurrent of a somber theme that is draped over the entire composition…
This is American composer Milieu’s first proper release – following two limited edition releases for the Belgian label U-Cover. Influences include The Caretaker’s ‘Haunted Ballroom’ and from William Basinski’s ‘Disintegration Loops’ series.