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The Winterhouse: Slow Promises
« on: December 23, 2007, 02:53:05 PM »
This announcement got lost with the demise of the old Hypnos forum.
Thought I'd remind people.

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The Winterhouse: Slow Promises (Blue Oasis CD)
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First collaboration between Anthony Paul Kerby (The Circular
Ruins, Lammergeyer) and Robert Davies. Intricate and
haunting dronescapes.

For album details & audio samples :
www.dataobscura.com/proddetail.php?prod=BOCD-001

There is also a full track on the Radio page.

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Re: The Winterhouse: Slow Promises
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2007, 02:56:42 PM »
Review ... actually this is more a "liner note" by Alan, and is included with the CD.

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Anthony Paul Kerby (APK), a name by now familiar to ambient-space aficionados and Databloem adepts, here combines with Robert Davies to inaugurate the newly launched Blue Oasis label as The Winterhouse with their debut, Slow Promises. Davies’s work has, of course, received deserved patronage from APK, for whom he delivered three albums on sister label, DataObscura. His work already showed some affinities with that of APK’s The Circular Ruins and Lammergeyer projects, and their move to a joint venture seems entirely natural. On Slow Promises Davies’s honorary degree in ambient dronology shows itself to be worthy of the level of the masters like Grassow, Alio Die and Oöphoi. And APK, for his part, with the two artists operating remotely, makes a proficient Master of Ceremonies. Recipient and curator of Davies deliveries, he renders them as ground or field upon which to create larger sound tableaux, through editing, manipulating, and infusing them with own signature synth leads and pads, as well as sundry embroidery from his box of field recording tricks. His insertions are spread sparingly but purposefully over Davies’ fertile drone bed, piquing the ear’s interest with synthetic curlicues, minimal melodic motifs that rise out of the drone mulch, along with found sound embellishments. The outcome is an appreciable expansion of each artist’s palette of timbres. The Winterhouse comes to be far more than a soundspace in which a few droning loops are captured and set in motion to endlessly play out, hoping for the result to be declared a triumph of verticality and chronostasis. Previous works by these artists have been imbued with a sense of landscape, of a particular physical location, and The Winterhouse is no exception. The Winterhouse is partly visually mediated through the artwork as a desolate wintry field with a small copse. There is no house in the scene, since it is constructed through the music, becoming the location from which sometimes stark, sometimes distantly nostalgic views are offered. The environment is sonically woven into The Winterhouse’s musical fabric, its various pieces becoming depictive of a somewhat desolate, watery, and wintry topography. The music seems suggestive of a history of that place and its grounds, a place of seclusion and refuge at the same time, echoing with spectral voices from its past. It stands waiting to administer comfort and receive confidences from its visitors. There is consolation in containment in the contours of its interior, as though, through its walls and its floors, its alcoves and recesses, and their sudden shadows, it voices something heart-bound that cannot be articulated. More than just a series of space music-infused tone poems, Slow Promises strives to become a sonic envisioning of place, one that is meditative yet resonant, calm yet with traces of brooding, teeming with undercurrents beneath a surface stasis.

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Re: The Winterhouse: Slow Promises
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2007, 02:57:15 PM »
This is a fabulous collaborative disc: captivating drones via Davies meshed with exquisite machinations & subtle manipulations a la APK.

I've spun it about 3 1/2 times since receiving it last week. Tracks 5 & 6, (Beneath the Grey Walls & Inside and Out, respectively) are particularly attention grabbing for me. It's a work that best captures the Eno definition of Ambient in that it has value both as a 'front and center' piece as well as a non-intrusive entity of sound with which to drift as you're computing or reading. Metallic drifts, haunting drone beds, echoing alien transmission blips and a glitchy synergy make for an enveloping atmosphere via headphones/earbuds.

What a terrific first release from Blue Oasis...5 stars!

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Re: The Winterhouse: Slow Promises
« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2007, 02:02:32 PM »
Thanks, g.a.b.,  that's great to hear.
And a fine brief description.



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Re: The Winterhouse: Slow Promises
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2008, 09:51:47 AM »
Ah yes, this disc is very nice!
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Re: The Winterhouse: Slow Promises
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2008, 08:23:13 AM »
Thanks, Evan !

(Which reminds me, I owe you an email. Today.)
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Re: The Winterhouse: Slow Promises
« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2008, 10:09:29 PM »
This is a really good release. Like a lot of my favorite works, I didn't really get into this at first. I listened to it upon receiving it and thought it was nice, but it didn't really grab me. Today was a cold, foggy and drizzly day. I put it on and was captivated. I have listened to it twice today and love it. Good job Anthony!
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Re: The Winterhouse: Slow Promises
« Reply #7 on: January 22, 2008, 09:36:13 AM »
Really glad to hear it, Harry.  Many thanks for posting :)
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Re: The Winterhouse: Slow Promises
« Reply #8 on: January 22, 2008, 02:03:51 PM »
Really enjoying this, as well as the other Data Obscura releases, the Circular Ruins and Robert Davies' Shadow Dreams. Great work Anthony. Thanks for sharing your music with us.  :)
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Re: The Winterhouse: Slow Promises
« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2008, 08:43:27 PM »
I very much appreciate your post, Antdude !  many thanks  :)
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Re: The Winterhouse: Slow Promises
« Reply #10 on: January 27, 2008, 03:41:37 PM »
I agree (although belatedly) that this is a great disc. I must admit that it didn't strike a chord with me at first -perhaps I was blinded by the ethereal majesty of Anthony's other release, "Falling Into The Sky". But now I see the light!

Highlights: Inside And Out, and Letting Go.

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Re: The Winterhouse: Slow Promises
« Reply #11 on: January 27, 2008, 04:07:42 PM »
As someone once said, the great stuff doesn't always strike you at first.

Many thanks, Joe :)  I had been meaning to email you about Winterhouse
since you had not posted anything on it ... you had me worried !

Its an album I always really enjoy when I put it on, and I have the distance
from it whereby its just an album for me, that I did 50% is not a factor.

Hope to be working on another Winterhouse album with Robert this year.
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Re: The Winterhouse: Slow Promises
« Reply #12 on: January 27, 2008, 06:04:46 PM »

Many thanks, Joe :)  I had been meaning to email you about Winterhouse
since you had not posted anything on it ... you had me worried !


Did you think you were losing your touch? ;)

I also love the oppressive gray drone of "Beneath the Gray Walls".

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Re: The Winterhouse: Slow Promises
« Reply #13 on: January 28, 2008, 10:06:55 AM »
Beneath The Grey Walls is probably my favourite :)
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