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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)

Ein Sophistry and John,

thanks a lot for your response and your words - really appreciated  :D

@John: Indeed - totally disagree with you  ;D


In case somebody is interested:

Tomorrow - Sunday 06 June - the complete album will be played at German State Radio HR-2.

Start: 11:05 pm German Time

They offer also a internet live stream -->

The second link has the best quality (128kBit)


Hello Hjalmer,

with Anthony i made a special deal and i had to compromise since we both run the Construct label. But for all primary el culto labels we will keep physical releases only. Sorry !


Hi Jim,

there is no offending at all for me - you just expressed your opinion which is perfectly fine  :)

As you know, the euro-dollar exchange rate is something which is not in our control and even i donīt like it too i have to except it. A price of a product in general can be always a "discussion issue", depending on the perspective and also from the point of what people are used to. But a price is not only a value for packaging or the CD itself, but also - speaking for me/us - how worth i see the complete work. I strongly belive that anybody has to judge this "value/worth issue" for any available work on its own and then make a decision if its worth or not.


Another track from "Ornaments" album: "The return journey"


Updated the topic - the special Bundles are sold out !

Official Edition now on Preorder for a reduced price:


A short video cut (Emotone) from the concert  :)


Thanks John  8)

I deleted by mistake the video trailer for El Hadra....

Updated the post/topic....see at the top !


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: El Hadra: Ornaments - 2011
« on: April 17, 2011, 04:17:36 PM »
Anthony and Phobos,

thanks a lot for your words !  8)

Was really wanting to listen to this but couldn't get the damn player to work even after downloading additional plug ins. Bet it was a great night though. Any chance of a repeat somewhere more accesible? :(

Sorry about this Phobos !

As Anthony said the radio-station had a problem to get a stable connection in the room. Anyway, all is recorded and we will offer something of it (for free) as soon as we have all the complete files :-) Since iīm not regulary here please check either el culto or Databloem site !

In any case, thanks a lot for your interest and effort !


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: El Hadra: Ornaments - 2011
« on: April 17, 2011, 11:28:45 AM »
Hey, thanks for your words !

The release date is not fixed yet - but expect it in +/- 1 months

Some additional infos:

"El Hadra is founded by Tomas Weiss and it also involves several guest musicians. The first El Hadra release "Ornaments" is made in collab with Mathias Grassow ! The music is based on hypnotic as well as rhythmic elements, and it is intended for all deep states of trance and meditation."


Hey Richard,

thanks a lot for your review and your wishes for the concert !!!!!

In case you want to listen to the live stream...keep in mind that Athens is 1 hour for you it starts at 21:00

All the best wishes

Listen to the concert LIVE via the Internet on Tripradio, Athens !!!

06. April 2011, starting at 10pm Athens (CET + 1 / GTM + 2)

Windows Player:

Mac Player


Live in concert:

:: Tomas Weiss
:: Emotone
:: Con_Sense


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


Hello there,

latest release from us - 4 long tracks without any "cd marker gaps" between.

Video "Aestrata IV":

Website & Audio Player:

Best wishes

Everything and Nothing / Re: Forum upgrade notes
« on: January 29, 2011, 06:34:35 AM »
Hi Tomas
You experienced this recently, since the upgrade 2 weeks ago, or just before that?

Not far as i remember since i registered here. The solution for this is: Logout/Login again/Reply and not use the preview button.


Everything and Nothing / Re: Forum upgrade notes
« on: January 27, 2011, 06:58:00 PM »
A issue i experienced for a while on this forum....

logged a thread...clicked on reply...write a text, push "preview" and then post....result:

"The following error or errors occurred while posting this message:
Your session timed out while posting. Please try to re-submit your message"


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