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MUSIC, AMBIENCE AND SOUND ART => Other Ambient (and related) Music => Topic started by: APK on January 03, 2011, 08:29:19 AM

Title: new: DISTANT SHADOWS by Anthony Paul Kerby and Tomas Weiss
Post by: APK on January 03, 2011, 08:29:19 AM
Upcoming release on Construct,
a new collaborative label between el culto and DataObscura.

(http://www.dataobscura.com/prodimages/C01_400.jpg)

Anthony Paul Kerby and Tomas Weiss : Distant Shadows

Anthony Paul Kerby and Tomas Weiss are famililar names to followers of quality
ambient electronica. Anthony has many respected recordings under the names
Lammergeyer, Nunc Stans, and The Circular Ruins. Tomas most recently recorded
as Nautic Depths and El Hadra, and is especially well-known for his deep drone
work with Mathias Grassow.

Distant Shadows is their first collaboration and, as might be expected, it is something
very special. Expertly crafted, rich with detail and brooding undertones, the work is
composed as one vast and immersive journey through elaborate sonic landscapes and
northern visions of isolation, serenity, subtle powers and hidden depths.

This is the premier release on the new collaborative Construct label run by
Tomas and Anthony. el culto will provide the pressed CD release, DataObscura will
host the download release.

Titles and MP3 samples

- Distant Shadows (http://www.dataobscura.com/samples/C001_s01.mp3)
- Gathering Memories (http://www.dataobscura.com/samples/C001_s02.mp3)
- Eternal Return (http://www.dataobscura.com/samples/C001_s03.mp3)
- Everything That Can be Said (http://www.dataobscura.com/samples/C001_s04.mp3)
- Deep Time (http://www.dataobscura.com/samples/C001_s05.mp3)
- Figures On A Dark Background (http://www.dataobscura.com/samples/C001_s06.mp3)
- A Final Vision (http://www.dataobscura.com/samples/C001_s07.mp3)

Expected release date is later in February.

There is now a reduced price PREORDER (http://www.el-culto.com/label/construct/index.html)at the el culto portal in Germany.

Please do have a listen.
Comments and questions always welcome.

Thanks !

APK
Title: Re: new: DISTANT SHADOWS by Anthony Paul Kerby and Tomas Weiss
Post by: richardgurtler on January 03, 2011, 09:53:45 AM
Nice cover artwork, Anthony!!! I can't wait to explore the sonics, so I just did my pre-order with Tomas. All the best... :)

Richard
Title: Re: new: DISTANT SHADOWS by Anthony Paul Kerby and Tomas Weiss
Post by: APK on January 03, 2011, 06:24:20 PM
Many thanks, Richard. And very pleased to hear you like the artwork.  :)
Title: Re: new: DISTANT SHADOWS by Anthony Paul Kerby and Tomas Weiss
Post by: mystified on January 03, 2011, 06:33:21 PM
Sounds really neat!
Title: Re: new: DISTANT SHADOWS by Anthony Paul Kerby and Tomas Weiss
Post by: Bill Binkelman on January 03, 2011, 07:32:59 PM
That is one KILLER cover, Anthony! Wow!!! Well done indeed!
Title: Re: new: DISTANT SHADOWS by Anthony Paul Kerby and Tomas Weiss
Post by: Chad Kettering on January 03, 2011, 07:47:11 PM
Very nice textures and sounds. Love the cover art. Very Steve Roach "Dynamic Stillness" like.
Title: Re: new: DISTANT SHADOWS by Anthony Paul Kerby and Tomas Weiss
Post by: APK on January 04, 2011, 09:18:43 AM
Comments much appreciated. Thanks.

Yes, now its pointed out, I see the graphic has a definite Dynamic Stillness look to it.
Its actually a coastal shot I took in British Columbia ... up here in canada land.
Some of you will probably find a few musical similarities to one of Steve Roach's styles too, also not a bad thing  :)

Anthony
Title: Re: new: DISTANT SHADOWS by Anthony Paul Kerby and Tomas Weiss
Post by: APK on January 14, 2011, 09:53:30 AM
Please check out a new video of the 9 minute track Deep Time.

You can see it on my video page here: www.dataobscura.com/APK/videos.htm
Title: Re: new: DISTANT SHADOWS by Anthony Paul Kerby and Tomas Weiss
Post by: petekelly on January 14, 2011, 12:06:57 PM
Very nice video, suitably evocative.

Pete
Title: Re: new: DISTANT SHADOWS by Anthony Paul Kerby and Tomas Weiss
Post by: APK on January 16, 2011, 09:11:53 AM
Glad you enjoyed it, Pete. Thanks for watching.
Title: Re: new: DISTANT SHADOWS by Anthony Paul Kerby and Tomas Weiss
Post by: El culto on January 24, 2011, 09:39:00 AM
Another Track - Another Video

"Gathering memories"

http://www.el-culto.com/label/construct/index.html

Tomas
Title: Re: new: DISTANT SHADOWS by Anthony Paul Kerby and Tomas Weiss
Post by: Joe R on January 25, 2011, 02:01:36 PM
Hey, I hadn't seen this thread until now. Of course I'm going to order this...   the samples have a sort of "hollow" sound that intrigues me.

And yes, the cover art is terrific!
Title: Re: new: DISTANT SHADOWS by Anthony Paul Kerby and Tomas Weiss
Post by: hjalmer on February 26, 2011, 07:58:53 PM
apk


status of this beauty float?


h
Title: Re: new: DISTANT SHADOWS by Anthony Paul Kerby and Tomas Weiss
Post by: APK on February 26, 2011, 08:04:25 PM
Distant Shadows is now being pressed and printed.
Tomas should probably have it back in a week or so.

I'll be sure to post once pre-orders are shipping.

Anthony
Title: Re: new: DISTANT SHADOWS by Anthony Paul Kerby and Tomas Weiss
Post by: richardgurtler on February 27, 2011, 12:50:57 AM
Hi Anthony,

thank you for the updates, I really look forward to "Distant Shadows", so I will keep an eye on my mailbox. All the best... :)

Richard
Title: Re: new: DISTANT SHADOWS by Anthony Paul Kerby and Tomas Weiss
Post by: Joe R on February 27, 2011, 07:07:43 AM
I'm looking forward to this one as well....
Title: Re: new: DISTANT SHADOWS by Anthony Paul Kerby and Tomas Weiss
Post by: hjalmer on February 27, 2011, 09:29:29 AM
apk


dataObscura will
host the download release.

will this still be true and when will it be available



h
Title: Re: new: DISTANT SHADOWS by Anthony Paul Kerby and Tomas Weiss
Post by: APK on February 27, 2011, 10:28:53 AM
Yep, the way we have set up the new Construct label is that Tomas will sell physical albums from Germany through el culto and I will sell the download versions through DataObscura.  The plan with Distant Shadows is to have the download available on the same day as the CD is made generally available. Tomas likes to ship out the pre-orders before making it available on his site. So should be available in March some time if everything goes well with the pressing/printing.

Thanks
apk
Title: Re: new: DISTANT SHADOWS by Anthony Paul Kerby and Tomas Weiss
Post by: hjalmer on February 27, 2011, 05:24:08 PM
apk


thanks for the update

anticipation shimmer




h
Title: Re: new: DISTANT SHADOWS by Anthony Paul Kerby and Tomas Weiss
Post by: abasio on February 28, 2011, 07:51:03 AM
Looking forward to my copy reaching me.
Been half expecting it to be in my mail box every time I come home from work  :-X
Title: Re: new: DISTANT SHADOWS by Anthony Paul Kerby and Tomas Weiss
Post by: El culto on March 18, 2011, 07:22:18 AM
Just a quick update:

Price reduced Preorder ends on Sunday 20.03.

All preorders will be shipped on Monday 21.03. Official release will be two weeks after that

Greetings,
Tomas

Title: Re: new: DISTANT SHADOWS by Anthony Paul Kerby and Tomas Weiss
Post by: richardgurtler on March 18, 2011, 10:13:10 AM
Thank you for your update, Tomas, I really look forward to "Distant Shadows"!!! All the best... :)

Richard
Title: Re: new: DISTANT SHADOWS by Anthony Paul Kerby and Tomas Weiss
Post by: hjalmer on March 18, 2011, 10:20:45 AM
t

is that also the release date
for the download version from apk @datobscura?

calm japanese winds


h
Title: Re: new: DISTANT SHADOWS by Anthony Paul Kerby and Tomas Weiss
Post by: APK on March 18, 2011, 11:18:50 AM
Hi h.
The download version will be released at the same time as the physical album goes on general release. So that will be two weeks this Monday ... which is April 4.

anthony
Title: Re: new: DISTANT SHADOWS by Anthony Paul Kerby and Tomas Weiss
Post by: hjalmer on March 18, 2011, 11:44:14 AM
apk

thanks

excited    h
Title: Re: new: DISTANT SHADOWS by Anthony Paul Kerby and Tomas Weiss
Post by: Joe R on March 18, 2011, 02:02:30 PM
I already have a spot reserved on my CD changer!
Title: Re: new: DISTANT SHADOWS by Anthony Paul Kerby and Tomas Weiss
Post by: Joe R on March 24, 2011, 01:49:55 PM
Hey, i just got the CD in the mail today...   but I'm going up north for the weekend, and won't be able to listen to it until Monday at the earliest.

Beautiful cover photo.
Title: Re: new: DISTANT SHADOWS by Anthony Paul Kerby and Tomas Weiss
Post by: APK on March 24, 2011, 05:02:20 PM
Joe ..... you will simply have to cancel the trip up north !  No other option  :)
Title: Re: new: DISTANT SHADOWS by Anthony Paul Kerby and Tomas Weiss
Post by: Joe R on March 27, 2011, 07:29:58 AM
Heh...

Actually Anthony, I got home and listened to it last night. It sounds just like the cover art! (That's a good thing.)

Saturday, I took a cold walk on a deserted Lake Huron shoreline that looked very similar to your CD photo, and I think that got me in the mood for your disc. It sounds just like that shoreline-  vast and moody and ponderous. Gorgeous!

Of course, the shoreline I walked was still ice-covered. Brrrr...
Title: Re: new: DISTANT SHADOWS by Anthony Paul Kerby and Tomas Weiss
Post by: APK on March 28, 2011, 02:13:26 PM
Yes, this sort of ambient music is all about moods and imagined (sometimes perceived) vistas.
And you know how I like shorelines !
Thanks again, Joe.

Also, hope you don't mind me adding your Now Playing post here ...
good to have it with the album thread.

"Anthony Kerby and Tomas Weiss- Distant Shadows; It's a keeper!
Great slabs of drone drifting across the sky just like the clouds in the cover photo.
Very ethereal and ponderous and solemn and (insert your own favorite adjective)."
Title: Re: new: DISTANT SHADOWS by Anthony Paul Kerby and Tomas Weiss
Post by: Joe R on March 28, 2011, 02:45:17 PM
Fine with me...    I'm thinking others are really gonna like the disc too.
Title: Re: new: DISTANT SHADOWS by Anthony Paul Kerby and Tomas Weiss
Post by: richardgurtler on April 01, 2011, 07:40:39 AM
Hi guys, I just did a little review on "Distant Shadows" for Discogs, so I hope it's possible to post it here:

Anthony Paul Kerby and Tomas Weiss "Distant Shadows" CD

Both, Anthony Paul Kerby and Tomas Weiss, are known as frequent collaborators with other musicians like Robert Davies or Mathias Grassow for example, but this is their first co-work and also premier release on new founded Construct label run by Anthony and Tomas (but both of them run also few other labels). I was immediately catched by the stunning images on the digipak's artwork (photographs by Anthony and by Jesse Harrison) and very soon I realized they fit perfectly the sonics as well as the title of the album. "Distant Shadows" album delivers trully immersive drifting soundworlds evoking remote and spacious landscapes surrounded by dense fog. It opens with shorter title track "Distant Shadows" that sets the drifting atmosphere for the rest of this expansive journey. "Gathering Memories" keeps its slow-motion floating, but it's nicely colored on the background by some organic and industrial field-recordings. Deep, dark and immense, definitely the first highlight! But it goes on, the pure beauty of minimal oriented textures fully unfolds on 13-minute long piece "Eternal Return", magnificent! Nice peaceful, but monumental moody soundwalls with environmental recordings continue on "Everything That Can Be Said". Dense "Deep Time" is gradiose too! "Figures On A Dark Background" is the most organic piece although it features some beautiful and evocative heavenly choirs and voices. As the title also suggests, this is the most mysterious contribution on "Distant Shadows". "A Final Vision" returns to more drifting mode with a hint of dramatic passages, nice finale! "Distant Shadows" is delicate drone music and not only a deep listening experience, but also a highly relaxing one too!!! It's hard to exactly distinguish what Anthony and what Tomas brought to the table, but I don't care about this, because whatever it was, I liked it. Well done teamwork, Anthony & Tomas, and a very promising overture for Construct label!!!

Richard Gürtler (Bratislava, Slovakia)
Title: Re: new: DISTANT SHADOWS by Anthony Paul Kerby and Tomas Weiss
Post by: APK on April 01, 2011, 05:09:37 PM
Many thanks for the review and for posting it, Richard.  8)

The album is now available for a decent price as a download over at DataObscura (320kbs)
www.dataobscura.com/proddetail.php?prod=C001

APK
Title: Re: new: DISTANT SHADOWS by Anthony Paul Kerby and Tomas Weiss
Post by: hjalmer on April 02, 2011, 05:30:23 AM
apk


downloaded this morn
for my saunter in the woods

excited for the drift and the spring tree wisps


thanks so much for you and t art


h
Title: Re: new: DISTANT SHADOWS by Anthony Paul Kerby and Tomas Weiss
Post by: APK on April 10, 2011, 02:23:38 PM
http://www.hr-online.de/website/static/streaming_popup/mp3streamer.jsp?client=hr2

German state radio right NOW. Whole album. Good quality.
Title: Re: new: DISTANT SHADOWS by Anthony Paul Kerby and Tomas Weiss
Post by: El culto on July 16, 2011, 04:05:39 AM
Review from Italy (Ondarock):

"During the last decade, quality ambient music has found in the names of Anthony Paul Kerby and Tomas Weiss, two personalities of great depth who have, discreetly, given to this style a remarkable amount of work at the highest level; the first (APK) hidden behind several pseudonyms for his DataObscura label has been active since 2003, and the second (TW) known primarily from his collaborations with Mathias Grassow.

Over the years both followed two separate paths in respect to form,  but extremely close in intentions, searching and finding in their music romantic, contemplative, and introverted dimensions, and seeking for understanding in the nature around them. It was almost necessary that a collaboration between both followed. In Distant Shadows the ways of the two musicians converge at the peak of inspiration and what results is certainly something with the allure of a masterpiece.

The title track introduces us to the cold, gloomy, windswept panorama which we will face throughout the album, and which also is expressed by the wonderful photograph of the cover packaging. The quality of sound achieved is impressive, as well as the blending of the two musicians, so that it is impossible to separate Weiss from Kerby. What especially strikes the listener is the visual depth and textures that outlines in the mind a very concrete scenario of leaden skies, heavy clouds and north winds to which we trust the flow of our consciousness.

"Gathering Memories" develops slowly for eleven minutes passing through several moods: one of those fleeting spirals of tenderness and calmness, worthy of the best Harold Budd, are shown before disappearing in a dense foggy blanket through which we barely glimpse a synth that is icy and solemn.

 "Eternal Return", on the contrary, proceeds on a drone, a single immovable tapestry, the tension and drama of which are breathtaking.

One may think that our relationship with a severe and hostile nature reaches a point of balance and peaceful coexistence, at least this is what "Everything Can be said", which dissolves in epic Roachian reverberations, makes us believe.

But, once again, it is a momentary illusion, a stage of exploration, because "Deep Time" clears out every trace of pale emotion. So we are swallowed by the cold, we wander without any sense of location, even the laws of gravity are abolished (do we ascend? do we fall?). Only the distant field recordings of "Figures on a dark background" set us free from this ephemeral state. Though nothing is the same as before. In "A final Vision" we turn to view a different landscape, designed by dark drone, in which only emptiness and despair are shown.

Distant Shadows is a long and complex work, with perfections and virtuosities but also deep abysmal suggestions - the result of the power of vision by two mature and passionate musicians."

(Roberto Rizzo, Ondarock - Italy / Translated Version)
Title: Re: new: DISTANT SHADOWS by Anthony Paul Kerby and Tomas Weiss
Post by: jkn on July 20, 2011, 06:19:39 AM
Listened to this again yesterday, really excellent work you two!