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CD release: Steve Brand - Bridge to Nowhere
« on: June 12, 2008, 09:07:51 AM »
Artist: Steve Brand
Title: Bridge to Nowhere
Label: Hypnos Secret Sounds (Ltd CDR)




2008. Steve Brand has just recently started releasing music under his own name, after more than 20 releases in the experimental realm under the name "Augur." Now Brand has a number of recordings scheduled for release on Hypnos, and also on the AtmoWorks label, and the first of these is Bridge to Nowhere.

Brand's work has always had a ritualistic element, and sound sources include: medicine drum, udu, rattles, various flutes, bells, conch shell, thumb piano, cora, Indian fiddle, found, natural and handmade objects, voice, field recordings and keyboards. Bridge to Nowhere is a spacious, slow-breathing exploration of a meditative state, and nowhere in Brand's work is the ritualistic element more present than in this case.

Ambient music in general is often considered to be "spacy" or conducive to altered states of consciousness in general, but this music specifically seems exploratory, meditative, and even a bit "druggy" and strange. As fans of this music ourselves, we particularly love it when an artist seems genuinely to have tapped into a reality outside our own -- to have slowed down the world or distorted it, or viewed things through a prism or kaleidoscope. The work of Steve Brand functions in this way, and we're pleased to be able to deliver this incredible, no-side-effects sound trip, to Hypnos listeners!

Track listing, with mp3 sample clips:
1. Bridge to Nowhere 1 - (14:43) - mp3 clip http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hss-sbr-btn-01.mp3
2. Breathing Light - (20:40) - mp3 clip http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hss-sbr-btn-02.mp3
3. Bridge to Nowhere 2 - (20:00) - mp3 clip http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hss-sbr-btn-03.mp3
4. Through the Lens of Love - (20:00) - mp3 clip http://www.hypnos.com/audio/hss-sbr-btn-04.mp3

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Re: CD release: Steve Brand - Bridge to Nowhere
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2008, 09:24:59 AM »
I was reading the above earlier and the description of the music really aroused my curiousity.   The MP3 samples were duly listened to and I would wholeheartedly agree with the comments above especially the remark about the artist tapping into another reality.    I really enjoyed what I heard so I checked out the MP3 samples for "Soul Spiral" and that's even more "out there" if that's possible!

Suffice to say, an order has just been placed for this two items along with some other titles and I can't wait to hear both of the Steve Brand albums in their entirety.  :-)

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Re: CD release: Steve Brand - Bridge to Nowhere
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2008, 05:08:03 PM »
Congratulations to Steve and Hypnos for the inclusion of music from "Bridge to Nowhere" on the latest Hearts of Space broadcast. Awesome!
Peace, Kirk

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Re: CD release: Steve Brand - Bridge to Nowhere
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2008, 02:16:16 PM »
Thanks, Kirk.  I think it's the first time a Hypnos Secret Sounds disc has been played on Hearts of Space.
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Re: CD release: Steve Brand - Bridge to Nowhere
« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2008, 10:10:50 AM »
We just found this great review of Bridge to Nowhere on the excellent White_Line blog:


"I first encountered the work of Steve Brand whilst reviewing a VERY small label (it shall remain nameless!) a few years back, and recognised then that he would do better work, given the strength of his vision, and technical ability. Imagine my surprise then, when Hypnos duly presented me with Bridge to Nowhere, a voluminous four tracker of epic proportions, rivalling the work of some of the finest exponents of dark ambience, or dark atmospherica.

Though these pieces are not “dark” in any significant way, they tend towards the “sombre” end of the spectrum. Opening with a deliciously rich and protracted tonal piece, Bridge to Nowhere 1, a heady piece that encapsulates the mood of the whole album, with a lush tonal backdrop, dripping with piano and eerie sepulchral choirs looming out of the ether. Breathing Light blossoms with a swell of muffled organ tones draped in birdsong, this is breathtakingly beautiful, not to say downright melancholic, but strangely reminds me of some of Tangerine Dream’s works, as Brand has a command of restrained melody, pitching complimentary elements against each other to form a glistening compound that sends shivers along the spine..truly wondrous material indeed. Bridge to Nowhere 2 resumes the almost funereal themes perpetuated in the first part, but here, Brand reduces the activity further with a stream of sinuous tones and reverberant chords, overlaid with angelic keyboard swathes, this is a glorious and invigorating bliss-out, that is highly filmic and evocative. Closing piece, Through The Lens of Love glistens and glides along with a stuttering refrain that could be sourced from a sampled xylophone or keyboard, a looped , yet non-linear central theme, with sparkling metallic elements shimmering in and out of focus.

In Steve Brand, Hypnos have truly struck auditory gold, and this memorable collection of pieces that at first impression, I thought would be a standard ambient chill out, have become permanent residents in my current listening collection, as well as being emblazoned upon my memory for a long time to come..first class."
--Reviewed by BGN at http://whiteline1.wordpress.com/

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