Echo Point is the first single from Brad Buenen’s forthcoming Isophene album Reverbatory (November 2020), which was originally released as a Compact Disc on Australian imprint Hidden Shoal (October 2018)....
Gemini Tri is back with his second installment of exquisitely crafted IDM, ambient, and downtempo on SSS. Astroida [June 16th] channels cosmic moods interspersed with abstract themes ranging from an...
Inspired by modern day minimalism and baroque like orchestrations, Simplicity in a Complex World is a meditation on the complexities of the modern way of life. It is, for Spardel, both a reflection and recreation of the inner space we must all find for ourselves in a world that is constantly shifting beneath our feet.
‘Deep Code’ is the 7th studio album from acclaimed artists Saso which is to be released by Sun Sea Sky Productions on 12” vinyl in Mar 2021.
The album continues Saso’s recent musical direction of instrumental compositions using analog synthesizers, upright piano and electronics.
Saso were formed in Dublin, Ireland in 2000 by Jim Lawler (compose /multi instrumentalist) and Ben Rawlins (producer/recording engineer) who share a unique artistic relationship as a composer and producer partnership.
The inspiration for ‘Deep Code’ comes from Ben’s desire to revisit a soundscape from his formative years as a young musician and avid film fan.
“I was inspired by movies and tv shows from the late 70s and early 80’s with the music of John Carpenter a major influence. Those films helped me learn about music. Dark, brooding, synth laden themes. They weren’t orchestral. They were minimalist and evocative” (Ben)
Ben came up with the concept and Jim picked up on this direction and sought to investigate this soundworld.
“I didn’t know where I was but somehow picked up on the sonic themes. I felt drawn to the unknown and wanted to let go of preconceived beliefs and seek purity of expression. This became a theme. Being lost. Being curious. Letting go of how I normally compose music. Trying to get into flow state” (Jim)
Saso committed to the performance aspect of just playing and recording live. No click tracks were used. There were no restrictions on how songs should be structured. The tools were vintage synthesizers and an analog valve desk which were of that time. Nothing was locked to a grid. Most of the compositions were improvised.
The result is an evocative and atmospheric work, which is expansive in nature. Layering a hybrid of textural synthesis and organic composition, Saso takes the listener on a cosmic journey to an unseen world.
Using '80 synths, piano, guitar, field recordings and an intricate mix of programmed and live drums, Isophene's cinematic downtempo music is as lush as it is melodic. Drawing from a similarly vibrant musical palette as Boards Of Canada, Helios and Tycho, Isophene immerses the listener in sun drenched waves of emotive sound.
Glamaticus’ Ajabu ya Maat [July 21st] is themed after the ancient kemetic civilization of Afrika and the principles of creation, particularly Ma'at. Ma'at in ancient Kemet (now known as Egypt) and still today is a symbol of harmony, known as the feather of truth it represents balance, equilibrium and justice. Ma'at was the Goddess and the abstract ideal of truth, created by Ra from his quintessential light.
The release represents and embodies a reconnection to songwriter Derrick Shadrack’s ancestry and paying tribute to that life force, the energy of creation that continues to flow through both him and the world. The album is an inspiration for others to learn about the true history of Afrika, Afrikans and the significance of the timeless ancient wisdoms and ingenuity that have given this world the art of living. Ajabu ya Maat is now available for pre-order, and will be officially released this July on all digital + streaming platforms!
Gemini Tri is back with his second installment of exquisitely crafted IDM, ambient, and downtempo on SSS. Astroida [June 16th] channels cosmic moods interspersed with abstract themes ranging from an appreciation of the observable universe to deep space exploration. The album features seven tracks of slow calm pads as well as glitch experimental tracks featuring arpeggiators and guitars. Still more cold and mechanic sounds are on offer here, hinting at the ruthlessness of space and life as rarity in the outer fringes of the cosmos. Pre-order the album now, before being released on all digital + streaming platforms worldwide mid-June!
London-based Spinger returns with Invisible Tree [May 5th], continuing his deep dive into the world of downtempo and ambient music, and featuring a track written with long-term collaborator Data Rebel. With an emphasis on melody and the unexpected, the songs on Invisible Tree blend vocal, guitar, and piano textures with tiny glitches and expansive electronic soundscapes. Pre-orders are now open, before the album sees a digital release next month!
Charm Days is back with his second release on SSS. A Firefly Out of Season [Apr 7th] explores moodier palettes, influenced by the innovations of artists like Flying Lotus and Teebs, while maintaining the artist’s same accessible melodic sensibilities. A heavier emphasis on vocal samples also brings an additional layer of complexity, often blurring the line between human and machine. Mastered by Taylor Deupree/12k. Pre-order the album now, which will be available on all digital + streaming platforms in April.