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the LOW POINT (ambient/drone/experimental) release thread
« on: November 21, 2008, 02:28:03 AM »
*following recent posts about multiple spam messages, i'm consolidating all the Low Point/Gareth Hardwick news/release posts into one all-encompassing thread which will be the one i update when neccessary.  Feel free to join in/contribute!*

Available Low Point releases as of Feb 09, most recent first;

LP023 - Mariska Baars, Robert Deters, Rutger Zuydervelt - Gris Gris cd



‘Gris Gris’ is a collaborative release between Dutch musicians Mariska Baars (who also writes and performs as soccer Committee) Robert Deters (of Vance Orchestra) and Rutger Zuydervelt (also known as the highly prolific Machinefabriek).

The material for ‘Gris Gris’ (named after Robert’s cat and also the term for a Voodoo amulet that protects the wearer from evil or brings luck) was recorded during a single day in late August 2008.  The session consisted of using Mariska’s voice as source material with Robert and Rutger adding further processing, field recordings and electronics.
Whereas previous collaborations between Machinefabriek and soccer Committee used processing principally to supplement the minimal framework of Mariska’s songs, here her voice is used to generate a whole spectrum of different pitches and timbres.  At times the source material is almost unrecognisable, transformed and buried under layers of manipulation, whilst at other moments slithers of untreated tones appear as if they’re part of some vaporous radio broadcast.
The end result is some of the three artists most minimal, slow and eerie music to date.

Cd packaged in a matt two-tone folding card wallet featuring illustrations by Mariska Baars. Ltd edition of 500 copies.

On sale for £6 plus shipping to your part of the world. To listen to sound samples and to order, please head to http://www.low-point.com/LP023.html

LP021 - Apalusa 'Obadiah' cd



Following on from his warmly received cdr releases of 2007, ‘Obadiah’ is the second full length album by Apalusa, aka Nottingham based musician Dan Layton.

Over the course of 50 minutes, these three long-form tracks focus on darker territory than previous releases, with sub-bass rumbles and minor-key chord progressions augmenting the multiple layers of Apalusa’s trademark processed guitar drones and field recordings to form an all-encompassing listening environment.

With Layton’s use of raw sounds and processing techniques now forging an identity for himself which is very much his own, the end result is the most focused and realised Apalusa release to date.

CD packaged in a letter-pressed 'Arigato Pak' card sleeve courtesy of Stumptown Printers of Portland, Oregon. Ltd edition of 300 copies. On sale for £6 plus shipping to your part of the world. To listen to sound samples and to order, please head to http://www.low-point.com/LP021.html


LP020 - Gareth Hardwick & Taiga Remains - Split 10"EP



A meeting of minds from across the Atlantic, this release pairs UK resident Gareth Hardwick with Taiga Remains of the USA for two sides of solo experimental guitar.

Gareth Hardwick’s contribution to the release, “High Tension”, continues to demonstrate his unique take on guitar-based ambience. The patented smears of processed guitar are still present, whilst more dissonant elements including fuzz, hiss and static have also been introduced to bolster and underpin the nature of the composition.
Taiga Remains is the solo guise of Alex Cobb, label head of Students of Decay and resident of Cincinnati, Ohio. The Taiga Remains track, ‘Pantomime Bodies’ presents an intricate listening environment that through layer upon layer of sound reveals new depth and tones with every play.

10" vinyl EP packaged in a heavyweight antique green paper sleeve. Ltd edition of 300 copies. Everyone who purchases the EP will also be able to download a copy of the tracks in 192kb encoded mp3 format. On sale for £4.50 plus shipping to your part of the world. To listen to sound samples and to order a copy, please head to http://www.low-point.com/LP020.html


LP019 - Freiband & Machinefabriek 'Oahu'



‘Oahu’ is a collaborative release between Dutch sound artists Freiband
(the latest project of Frans de Waard, founder of the Korm Plastics
label and member of Kapotte Muziek, Beequeen and Goem to name but three)
and Machinefabriek (the prolific Rutger Zuydervelt).

The genesis of the project was a 90 second recording of improvised
acoustic lapsteel (the Oahu of the title) played by Martin Luiten. From
this initial recording, segments of music, each lasting 30 seconds in
length, were created then passed back and forth between de Waard and
Zuydervelt over a period of four months for further processing, editing
and refinement. Finally, with a collection of 20 of these segments, each
artist composed their own 20 minute mix using these pieces.

Though the nature of processing and reprocessing applied to the initial
recording of the lapsteel makes it at times almost unrecognisable, the
harmonic and melodic essence of the instrument is retained and utilised
throughout. And whilst unified by the source material at their disposal,
these two tracks have a distinct feel and identity that manage to
perfectly encapsulate the work of both artists.

Cd packaged in a matt printed digipak case. Ltd edition of 450 copies.

On sale for £7.50 plus shipping to your part of the world.

To listen to sound samples and to order a copy, head to
http://www.low-point.com/LP019.html


LP018 - Helm - Impasse 3"cdr



Helm is the solo project of Luke Younger, one half of the London/Berlin noise duo Birds of Delay and guitarist for avant-weirdos Spin Spin The Dogs.

Drawing equally upon noise and ambient elements, the music on Impasse illustrates Younger’s continuing development within the field of experimental electronics and drone composition. Utilising synths, feedback systems and effects, these two long-form tracks offer a dense mixture of blistering yet melodic walls of sound.

3"cdr packaged in a white mini-dvd style case with colour wrap-around artwork. Ltd edition of 80 copies.

On sale for £3 plus shipping to your part of the world. To listen to sound samples and to buy a copy, please head to http://www.low-point.com/LP018.html

LP017 - Strategy - Electric Soup 12"EP *Note: Price reduced!*



Building upon the multi-genre musical narrative established on last years critically acclaimed 'Future Rock' album, 'Electric Soup' is the latest release from Portland, Oregon based Strategy, aka multi-instrumentalist, programmer and DJ Paul Dickow.

The compositions feature material initially road-tested during his whistle-stop tour of the UK and France in October 2007, which were then refined through a studio process that fuses old-school analogue equipment with modern digital sound design and manipulation.  It is this blend of the old and new, combined with Paul's own retro-futurist outlook which makes the songs on Electric Soup seem instantly familiar yet still unreservedly unique.

From the Kosmiche of 'Unconventional Wisdom' through to the final theremin squeals of 'Primordial Soup' (which also features a guest appearance by Nudge cohort Brian Foote on additional guitar and synth duties), the almost dizzying array of textures, themes and musical motifs blended into the 24 minute running time provides food for the senses.  Anyone for soup?

12" vinyl EP packaged in a full colour printed sleeve designed by The Speeding Train.  Ltd edition of 450 copies.   Everyone who purchases the EP will also be able to download a copy of the tracks in high-quality (192kb) mp3 format.

On sale for £4.00 plus shipping to your part of the world.  To listen to sound samples and to order, please head to http://www.low-point.com/LP017.html
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« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2008, 12:03:35 PM »
As the festive period is just about upon us, Low Point is offering a special Buy One, Get One Free deal!

So, if you buy any one of the following Low Point releases;

LP014 - Gareth Hardwick & Machinefabriek - Split LP £7.50
LP019 - Freiband & Machinefabriek - Oahu cd £7.50
LP020 - Gareth Hardwick & Taiga Remains - Split 10" £4.50
LP021 - Apalusa - Obadiah cd £6.00


You can choose one of these releases for FREE;
LP010 - Last of the Real Hardmen - Darkness cdr
LP012 - Chris Herbert & Felix - Split 7"
LP017 - Strategy - Electric Soup 12"ep
LP018 - Helm - Impasse 3"cdr
LP022 - Eyeballs - Europa cdr
Gareth Hardwick 'Carnations' cassette (released by Peasant Magik)
Gareth Hardwick/Eyeballs split cassette (released by Blackest Rainbow)

Cool!
If you want to take us up on this offer, please e-mail me ( gareth AT low-point DOT com ) what items you'd like so that i can work out the total inc. shipping costs for you.

Coming up in 2009;

LP023 - Machinefabriek, Mariska Baars and Robert Deters - Gris Gris cd
LP024 - Fabio Orsi & Seaworthy - cd
LP025 - Gareth Hardwick - Aversions cd (remix/collaboration album featuring Apalusa, Chris Herbert, Machinefabriek, Steinbruchel, Strategy & Xela)

Take it easy!

Gareth
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« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2008, 04:57:16 AM »
running low on some copies of the free items, so if you'd like to order, make it quick!
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« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2009, 09:37:35 AM »
Out Now!!!

LP023 - Mariska Baars, Robert Deters, Rutger Zuydervelt  - Gris Gris cd



‘Gris Gris’ is a collaborative release between Dutch musicians Mariska Baars (who also writes and performs as soccer Committee) Robert Deters (of Vance Orchestra) and Rutger Zuydervelt (also known as the highly prolific Machinefabriek).

The material for ‘Gris Gris’ (named after Robert’s cat and also the term for a Voodoo amulet that protects the wearer from evil or brings luck) was recorded during a single day in late August 2008.  The session consisted of using Mariska’s voice as source material with Robert and Rutger adding further processing, field recordings and electronics.
Whereas previous collaborations between Machinefabriek and soccer Committee used processing principally to supplement the minimal framework of Mariska’s songs, here her voice is used to generate a whole spectrum of different pitches and timbres.  At times the source material is almost unrecognisable, transformed and buried under layers of manipulation, whilst at other moments slithers of untreated tones appear as if they’re part of some vaporous radio broadcast.
The end result is some of the three artists most minimal, slow and eerie music to date.

Cd packaged in a matt two-tone folding card wallet featuring illustrations by Mariska Baars. Ltd edition of 500 copies.

On sale for £6 plus shipping to your part of the world.  To listen to sound samples and to buy a copy, please head to http://www.low-point.com/LP023.html

Coming Soon
LP024 - Fabio Orsi & Seaworthy - Collaboration #1 cd
LP025 - Gareth Hardwick - Aversions cd (remix/collaboration album featuring Apalusa, Chris Herbert, Library Tapes, Machinefabriek, Steinbruchel, Strategy & Xela)
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« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2009, 05:38:01 AM »
Norman Records like this!

"Machinefabriek's Rutger Zuydervelt pops up on this rather super new CD on Low Point with his mates Mariska Baars from Soccer Commitee & Robert Deters of Vance Orchestra. It's called 'Gris Gris' and it's tonal waves and morphing low end drone are making my bowels feel a little giggly, my head pleasantly woozy and my glass half full instead of half empty. These waves gradually increase in intensity, washing over the office like a sleepy, swaying android fuzz, with lots of little strange accompanying drones and murmers following the main drag like sad wailing ghost cubs. Then the procession passes, leaving tendrils of spectral creaks and absorbing atmospherics. A lot of this "sound design" is sourced from Mariska's vocals, manipulated to the point of unrecognisability. Is That a word? It blooming well is now, my chick-pups. It sounds like a wonderful headphone album does this, I can imagine sitting on a misty moor at dawn imagining druids emerging slowly from the mist as I drink brandy coffee from a flask and pet my imaginary pet dog, Sheepshagger. Grand stuff in a nice matt card package with uber-minimal art (looks quite "Room 40" if you get my spiel!) "
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« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2009, 01:25:05 AM »

Smallfish like(s) it too:

"Tremendous first release of 2009 for the excellent Low Point imprint. A collaborative work featuring Machinefabriek, Soccer Committee's Mariska Baars and Vance Orchestra's Robert Deters, it uses sculptural ambience and drone to create a convincingly ominous, yet beautiful three track work. Intense atmospheres slowly build and grow with wonderful layering and careful production and you end up with some seriously magnificent textures. The second track in particular is a real favourite of mine and the soft, shimmering, bassy drone is something of a work of art I have to say. Dissonant elements creep in from time to time and the first piece has a slightly more challenging feel than the other two. But, importantly, this is a real listening album and is one to savour when listening on headphone. Brilliant stuff I have to say." http://www.smallfish.co.uk/shop/browse/?aid=20215

(Nice long - i.e. 3-minutes - soundclips on the smallfish site too, without the annoying every-30-second BLEEP that punctuates boomkat's samples)

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Re: the LOW POINT (ambient/drone/experimental) release thread
« Reply #6 on: February 27, 2009, 02:59:06 AM »
Aversions sneak peak!!!



I've uploaded a couple of tracks from my forthcoming cd 'Aversions' to my myspace page(s);

Lost In The Memory (Machinefabriek Remix) - http://www.myspace.com/garethhardwick
High Tension (Xela Remix)
http://www.myspace.com/lowpt

Let me know what you think!  All being well, the cd should be available w/b 16th March
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« Reply #7 on: March 01, 2009, 12:10:59 PM »
Join the Low Point Facebook group right here;

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=130822415157
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« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2009, 02:45:08 AM »
I’m super pleased to announce that the latest release on Low Point (and my 2nd full length album!) is now available to buy!  All the details are below;

LP025 – Gareth Hardwick – Aversions cd



'Aversions' is the second full length album by Nottingham based musician Gareth Hardwick.  The origins of the release occurred when a disastrous hard drive crash caused the loss of an entire album’s worth of new music.  Disheartened with the thought of having to start afresh, an alternative form of evaluation was set in motion - a way of taking stock before moving on.
 
For that reason, Hardwick handed over his back catalogue (containing material ranging from split vinyl releases and compilation appearances to limited run cdrs and tapes) to several artists considered close friends and colleagues for them to reinterpret, remix or supplement the original material however they wished.

Although many remix projects often fall into the trap of inconsistency, each remix on 'Aversions' manages to perfectly encapsulate the individual approach and musical style of its artist, while also preserving the integrity of Hardwick's original material. The end result is a unique collaborative album, which manages to flourish from the adverse circumstances in which it was born.

Tracklisting:
1.Aversions
2.Last Heights (Library Tapes Remix)
3.David (Apalusa Remix)
4.High Tension (Xela Remix)
5.Interlude
6.Carnations (Steinbrüchel Remix)
7.Last Heights (Strategy Remix)
8.Dissolve (Chris Herbert Remix)
9.Lost In The Memory (Machinefabriek Remix)

Cd packaged in a full colour folding card wallet featuring artwork by The Speeding Train. Ltd edition of 500 copies.  On sale for £7 plus shipping to your part of the world.  To listen to sound samples and to purchase a copy, please head to http://www.low-point.com/LP025.html

Coming soon on Low Point;
c.s.k.a ‘Tapesong’ 3”cdr
Kogumaza 7”
Fabio Orsi & Seaworthy ‘Near And Faraway’ cd
Peter  Jørgensen cd

Upcoming live dates;
Friday April 3rd at The Maze, Mansfield Road, Nottingham
NLF3, Souvaris, Gareth Hardwick

Friday April 17th at Hare and Hounds, Kings Heath, Birmingham
Earth, Kogumaza

Wednesday May 13th at Jam Café, Heathcoat Street, Nottingham
Machinefabriek, Gareth Hardwick, Burd & Scarr

And finally…
Hearty congratulations are in order to Felix who have recently signed a recording deal with the mighty Kranky. Their debut album ‘You Are The One I Pick’ will be released by the label sometime towards the end of the year.  I still have copies (but not many!) of the Chris Herbert/Felix split 7” single for sale.  Grab one now so that you can say that you were there before they became megastars – http://www.low-point.com/LP012.html

Well, that’s it for now, take care!

Gareth, Low Point

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« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2009, 11:06:08 AM »
a review of Aversions courtesy of Smallfish Records;

"Right, I've now given this a thorough going over, in the nicest possible way of course, and I have to say that it's utterly brilliant. I expected it to be good featuring as it does Library Tapes, Machinefabriek, Steibruchel, Chris Herbert, Xela, Apalusa and Strategy (as well as the original track by Gareth), but it just totally blew me away and I think it's going to do the same for you. Incredibly refined ambient, drone and minimalism all the way with some awesomely deep tracks and gorgeous textural work. Seriously, this is amazing stuff and if you're a fan of the more relaxed and deep vibe this is pretty much 100% for you. Pure class and highly recommended. Oh, and I have to quickly add that the Strategy mix is just bloody amazing... I can't even class it as any particular style, it's just deeply brilliant."
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« Reply #10 on: April 01, 2009, 10:37:00 AM »
'Gris Gris' got an amazing 10/10 on Foxy Digitalis.

Read all about it here - http://www.digitalisindustries.com/foxyd/reviews.php?which=4167

And if you'd like to buy a copy head to http://www.low-point.com/LP023.html

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« Reply #11 on: April 17, 2009, 03:23:21 AM »
there are still copies of 'Aversions' for sale - please buy one!
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« Reply #12 on: April 17, 2009, 04:02:33 AM »
there are still copies of 'Aversions' for sale - please buy one!
so desperate? whats up with that? ;)

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« Reply #13 on: April 27, 2009, 09:40:40 AM »
there are still copies of 'Aversions' for sale - please buy one!
so desperate? whats up with that? ;)

not desperate, just being polite!
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« Reply #14 on: May 04, 2009, 01:46:52 PM »
Hi gang,

New release! New website!! New prices!!!

LP024 – c.s.k.a – Tapesong 3” cdr


Following on from remixes completed for Spartak and Austin Bejamin Trio, ‘Tapesong’ is the first recorded output by c.s.k.a, a mysterious Australian musical project formed upon the notion of utilising acoustic and apparently non-musical sources within the compositional process.

Using only a Bengali folk song cassette as source material, this was then subjected to live computer manipulation to create the material for this release, a 15 minute, three song suite of bell tones, flickering sirens and sleeping patterns.

Whilst the choice of source material may initially seem like an obstruction, the processing applied extracts previously unheard tones and melodies hidden from inside the magnetic tape, the cassette presented as an instrument within itself.

3”cdr packaged between two sheets of clear acetate. On sale for £3 plus shipping to your part of the world. To listen to sound samples and to buy a copy, please head to http://www.low-point.com/LP024.html

Upcoming Releases;
Fabio Orsi and Seaworthy – Near and Faraway (June/July 09)
Kogumaza 7” (as soon as it’s ready)
Peter Jørgensen cd (September 09)

New website and prices!
Yes, the Low Point website has been sexed up! Hopefully you’ll find the new design as easy to navigate and a lot more pleasant to look at. Many of the older releases have had their prices reduced by a couple of quid too, so now is the perfect opportunity to buy some of the releases you’ve been ummmm-ing and ahhhhh-ing over for all this time!

Live action;
Wednesday 13th May at the Jam Café, Heathcoat Street, Nottingham
Machinefabriek
Gareth Hardwick
Burd & Scarr
More info at www.damnyou.co.uk

June 18th at Chameleon, Long Row, Nottingham
Pocahaunted
Sun Araw
Burial Hex
Kogumaza
More info at www.rammelclub.org

Friday 24th – Sunday 26th July at The Custard Factory, Birmingham
Chris Herbert @ Supersonic Festival
More info at www.capsule.org.uk/supersonic/

Gareth
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« Reply #15 on: July 14, 2009, 03:36:01 AM »
LP026 – Fabio Orsi & Seaworthy – Near And Faraway cd



A meeting of minds spanning thousands of miles, 'Near And Faraway' marks the joint release by Italian ambient musician Fabio Orsi and Seaworthy, a three piece collective from Sydney, Australia.

With the 51 minute running time divided equally into three parts, each artist contributes a solo track which in turn bookend a collaborative composition that forms the album’s centrepiece.

Originally from Naples, Italy, but now a resident of Berlin, Fabio Orsi’s solo contribution to the album, ‘Evening By Evening’ skilfully demonstrates why he is regarded as one of his home country’s premier underground musicians. Utilising layers of guitars, keyboards and found sounds, Orsi creates an atmospheric audio postcard with a tangible sense of time and place.

Seaworthy, primarily the recording project of core member Cameron Webb, with additional instrumentation from Sam Shinazzi and Greg Bird, present ‘Branch And Stone’ a minimalist soundscape of looped guitar, electronics and field recordings. Throughout the track pervades a highly refined sense of texture, creating something at once intimate yet panoramic.

The individual elements of both artists are brought together for the title track, ‘Near And Faraway’. Through the long distance exchange of ideas and sound files, their shared experimental, yet melodic approach to composition are incorporated to form one unified whole. An album that is a perfect show of individuality, which is also able to represent itself as a greater cohesive entity.

On sale for £7 plus shipping to your part of the world.  To listen to sound samples and to order a copy, please head to http://www.low-point.com/LP026.html

Coming Soon On Low Point;

Kogumaza 7” single
P Jørgensen cd
Spartak ‘Verona’ cd
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« Reply #16 on: July 27, 2009, 03:15:50 AM »
Some very complementary reviews of the Fabio Orsi & Seaworthy cd coming in;

''A beautiful split and collaboration from Italy's Fabio Orsi and Australia's Seaworthy. It's a very well-matched pairing and each contributes one track here and collaborates on another. The result is a crepuscular ever-shifting soundscape that makes me think of low mist rolling through a forest and Angelo Badalmenti's soundtrack to Twin Peaks with a bit of Yellow 6's horizonless dronescapes thrown in.'' Boa Melody Bar

''The latest offering from Low Point comes from Fabio Orsi and Seaworthy in the form of the 'Near and Faraway' disc which is currently calming the office after another bloody hectic day. It consists of three parts, the first of which is 'Evening By Evening' which is totally sublime, keyboards, found sounds and layers of dreamy ambient guitar are melted together into a super warm drifter. Then the artists collaborate for the title track , which was created by exchanging audio files across the globe... Hence the name of the tune. As you'd expect the pairing works really well and you'll be in ambient bliss-ville before you know it. Then Seaworthy closes with 'Branch and Stone' which really takes the mind to another place with its melancholic drones and minimal electronics and guitar loops. Powerfull stuff.'' Norman Records

''Aah, Low Point. Another superb label putting out some seriously high quality music. This collaboration between Fabio Orsi and Seaworthy is truly a beautiful piece of work and hits me in exactly the right spot. That spot is all about deep, flowing organic / electronic music made up of long (fifteen minute and above) works that are hypnotic, enchanting and just generally exactly what the doctor ordered for a sunny afternoon (or even a rainy one). There’s a combination here of the sort of textures that will make your spirit soar along with very occasional and incredibly effective field recordings that give it all an incredibly natural feel. I’m almost tempted to say that this is my favourite work so far from Seaworthy as it’s just absolutely the right balance of melancholy and beauty. That said I always feel (and sometimes say) that it seems weird picking favourites when I’m faced with such awesome music most of the time. Suffice to say that this really is a truly gorgeous album that finds two artists working superbly off each other to create another album you’ll be enjoying years from now. References? Well, I’d say that if you enjoy Seaworthy’s work on 12k, anything by Lawrence English or Fabio’s marvellous work on, particularly, A Silent Place, this is going to be 100% for you. Limited edition, as always and something that comes with a hearty recommendation. Absolutely wonderful.'' Smallfish

"Fabio Orsi and Seaworthy ‘near and faraway’ (low point). I’m pretty certain that we’ve come across Italian sound-scape sculpturer on our listening travels in the near past in fact I‘m certain that our paths have crossed at least once in recent memory whereupon he featured on that recent Library Tapes set via Secret Furry Hole (see missive 200k), this release - not strictly out for a few weeks yet - finds him swapping notes with Australia’s Seaworthy for something approaching quietly epic. Queued up on our iTunes player this three track album comes up under the generic heading ’easy listening’ well bugger me - understatement or what, becalmed orbiting opals of tender transcendentalism is the best way to describe these tearfully mournful gemstones with each artist contributing one solitary melodic mosaic in their own right and fusing together for the third. Orsi has been navigating the distant twilight regions of the ambient cosmos for some three years now, in that time releasing some dozen plus albums for celebrated imprints such as A Silent Place, Foxglove, Ruralfaune and Digitalis. For his side of the collective equation he serves up the glacial ’evening by evening’ a mesmerising sub 16 minute odyssey of softly evolving sonic textures achingly applied with a finitely detailed precision whose remit it would seem is to bathe your listening experience in all manner of majestically toned blissfulness. Both slender and spectral, this beguiled shy eyed beauty is crafted tenderly by the merest of skins seductively weaved and wooed by the feint use of manipulated guitar layers, keyboard halos and the distant sound of children’s chatter, the shimmer like murmuring orchestral drone cascades arc and opine decorating the ether voids in the frostily purred procession of ebbing and flowing lonesome intones that appear like briefly recalled apparitions of faded memories, its almost spiritual, humbling and yet desirably yearning stuff which in many respects comes across not a million miles from a more chilled Manual if truth be told. Seaworthy for their part serve up ’branch and stone’, essentially a one man operation - that man being Cameron Webb aided and abetted on occasion by Sam Shinazzi and Greg Bird. More mood based that symphonic, where Orsi veered to the more ethereal Webb and Co opt for a more contemplative route appearing more concerned with micro textures, the hollowed resonance of the bowed instrumentations and the stretched sound tonalities all serve to instil something finite and precise, very sparse and minimalist in detail and delivery, this ice tipped cavernous gem swirls and hums forlornly lost and lonesome in its own hermetically sealed introspection. For the best part solemnly melancholic the glassy reverbs etched with a dulled feint restless ache only really come into near distant focus to wake from their chilled slumber nine minutes in wherein the delicately vivid application of gentle riff meanders wallow and weave softly filling the vacant sound spaces - reference wise much recalling early Kranky era Windy and Carl and Stars of the Lid. Nestled between to these aural satellites you’ll find them taking flight on their collaborative ambient opus ’near and faraway’- a beautifully conceived celestial visitation of nature bound raptures and heaven sent orbiting oscillations, all at once spacious and lush not to mention hypnotically demurring, this slice of lunar loveliness is metered out by tides of sumptuous star crested swathes of ethereal euphoria - it really is something else and more than alone worthy of the entrance paying fee." LosingToday.com

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Re: the LOW POINT (ambient/drone/experimental) release thread
« Reply #17 on: July 31, 2009, 03:19:57 AM »
Hi all,

Due to the large amount of interest in this upcoming release, I have decided to allow pre-orders to be taken in order for people to secure a copy before the release date. Our hearts go out to Will and Dani’s family during this difficult time.  Here’s the information regarding the cd. 

LP028 – Celer – Brittle



Celer is the artistic endeavour of the husband and wife duo Will Long and Danielle Baquet-Long. Danielle was a teacher of special education and music therapy, a published writer of poetry and prose, a painter, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist. She had an extensive background in Gender Studies, Education, Basque History, Photography and Tibetan Studies, as well as having lived in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and the United States. She passed away on July 8, 2009 of heart failure at the age of 26.

Since forming in 2006, Celer’s intent was to produce works that reflect the sincere nature and importance of love, the fragility of life, and the importance of togetherness, through a relative and absolute symposium of expression.

This is particularly apparent on ‘Brittle’, an album produced with the aim of demonstrating a feeling of continuation through what sometimes seems like a delicate existence, a philosophy which takes on a deeper resonance in light of these recent, tragic events.

Musically, all of the sounds contained on ‘Brittle’ were created by piano, violin, cello, tingsha bells, harpsichord, and whistle. There are also field recordings from the inside of a room, with the windows open, but containing largely only room noise. The resulting recordings were then structured into 19 different tracks, which were then restructured into one single forming track of 74 minutes. All of the different pieces were merged together, to blur interruption and to allow the possibility of unfocused repetition.
The album is arranged to move in a specific way, not simply section by section, but by subtle movements that swell and sway calmly. Instead of creating an environment to sink into, Celer hope that the piece will instead act as a blanket, moving with the listener through gentle sways, shifting tones and small spaces of silence that are as unpredictable as thought.

On sale for £7 plus shipping to your part of the world.  To listen to sound samples and to pre-order a copy (it is anticipated that all pre-orders will be shipping the week beginning 24th August, if not sooner), please head to http://www.low-point.com/LP028.html

Upcoming releases on Low Point;
Kogumaza 7" Single
P Jørgensen ‘To’ cd
Celer 'Mane Blooms' 7" Single
Spartak 'Verona' cd

Take care

Gareth, Low Point
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Re: the LOW POINT (ambient/drone/experimental) release thread
« Reply #18 on: August 01, 2009, 12:05:09 AM »
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« Reply #19 on: August 07, 2009, 04:31:15 AM »
it's still not too late to reserve your copy by pre-ordering!
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