Havstrakt, which means “coastal area”, is the twelfth release under the Snufmumriko moniker. The album is being released on 2xCD + digital formats and features a venerable lineup of remixes by Moss Covered Technology, Gallery Six, Mokhov, Purl, Innesti, Awakened Souls, Crystalline Reflections, Ships On Fire, and Warmth. Mastered by Loz Grover (Boc Scadet, Touched Music) and tied beautifully together with artwork by our resident designer shift.Read more »Less
Neo-Classical Electronica Artist Gunnar Spardel finds comfort in music, as a way to contemplate life and death. In his introspective work, Spardel's atmospheric music draws from nature and life itself, most recently portrayed in his upcoming album "The Fade to Afterlife".
Born in Germany and now based in the United States, Gunnar Spardel is primarily known for his work as Tigerforest, a chill electronica project that leans towards an upbeat soundscape. However, after the turbulence of recent events Spardel wanted to write under his own name for intimate and personal expression and to understand the new world around him. ‘The Fade To Afterlife’ follows his stunning 2020 release ‘Simplicity in a Complex World,’ which won the Schallwelle Award for Best Artist in Germany.
“‘The Fade To Afterlife’ tells the story of a person facing his final stages of life,” explains Spardel. “Each song tells a story about facing a journey’s end and the uncertainty of what will happen once we pass away.” The songs, which were written on the piano and synthesizers, tell stories of life, loss and love. Gunnar Spardel created the arrangements on his computer, before working with session musicians to cement the ideas and breathe organic life into the pieces. As the album was written during the pandemic, and the musicians could not work together in the studio, they recorded their parts separately. Nonetheless, the album still holds the essence of community, and emotion is felt in every note.
Opening the 8-track album is ‘Gone Into the World of Light,’ a free-spirited and thoughtful composition, constructed of soft mallet arpeggiators. A delicate cello sings above layers of synthesizers and strings, blending together real instruments with electronic sounds. The result is cinematic, especially as the epic, but minimal percussion is introduced, bringing energy without overstepping the melodic elements.
‘The Missing’ brings warmth through strings that shimmer with tremolo. The lone sound of a cello cuts through, eerie yet compelling, insinuating sorrow and hope. The sprinkling of piano adds a warm brightness, and the textures and tones of the soundscape, swirl and bubble, glide and churn intertwined with each other, into an atmospheric crescendo.
‘In The Shadow of Memories’ welcomes back the piano, alongside the gentle swooshing of ambient pads. A harp brings new textural elements, once again combining orchestration with ambient electronic synthesizers. There’s a gentleness and tenderness to this album, and each song is purposeful and thought-provoking.
‘The Light Remains’ experiments with delayed effects which create fascinating interest. There’s a brief moment where the tinkling of the piano pauses before the song drops back in with a sense of urgency thanks to the tapping of a cymbal and a piano arrangement that opens the song. This is the first track on the album where a full drum kit is introduced and it’s a refreshing new layer without overpowering. Brass instrumentation and angelic vocals are also a welcomed dynamic, leading the piece into a new direction.
'On The Quiet Path of Dreams’ is dream-like, as the title suggests. Soft and euphoric, the gentle and sparse piano flourishes over ambient synths and a mournful cello takes centre stage. As the song builds, so does the rhythmic element, arpeggiating synths swell and blossom.
‘Carpe Momentum’ brings lightness, like a sigh of relief, with its delicate, whimsical piano notes. The addition of electronic drum patterns is an uplifting turn of events, but the signature string instrumentation remains for a harmonious fusion of contemporary production.
‘Towards Silence’ opens with the low bass of a piano, slowly but thoughtfully moving forward. The song experiments with percussion and ethereal brass, before dropping and down tuning offering new energy, with the strumming of an electric guitar, played by Brian Eno’s guitarist, Leo Abrahams, and the joyful kit, recorded by Ólafur Arnalds’ live drummer Chris Tschugnall. It feels like a turning point of acceptance, as the brass once again elevates the piece, sprinkled with synths, harps, and vocals for a triumphant and cinematic crescendo.
‘The River,’ a 10-minute finale closes ‘The Fade to Afterlife’ and explores the concept that life is like a river, forever flowing. Even when it changes course, it cannot be stopped. Life always goes on and Gunnar Spardel captures it beautifully, through graceful piano and synth melodies that move effortlessly with one another.
‘The Fade to Afterlife’ is a journey. Reflective, thought-provoking and inspirational, Gunnar Spardel has captured what it means to be alive. The album is scheduled for release on SUNSEASKY in Spring 2023.
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.
Drogtech is Łukasz Pałys, a Poland-based artist influenced by producers such as ASC, Sam KDC, Tycho, Helios, and Hammock. Drogtech’s SSS debut Fractured [Mar 17th] offers up pleasing melodic downtempo and easy on the ears electronica for fans of Northcape, Slidecamp, and Melorman. Fractured is now available for pre-order on CD/Digital, and will be released at the end of March.
Gemini Tri is the stage name for Denis Piryazev, an electronic musician from Mosсow, Russia. "Lemniskata" marks the debut release from the artist on Sun Sea Sky Productions, and should resonate with and appeal to fans of Lights Out Asia, Tycho, Near The Parenthesis, and Boc Scadet.
The release also features five noteworthy remixes by label stalwarts Charm Days, Bluetech, Data Rebel, SineRider, and Mike Allen.
Through its crystalline labyrinth of granular synths and tape saturation treatments, Blochemy's "Rea" sheds the artist's former Tri Repetae-era Autechre and Atol Scrap-era Arovane influences, instead trading these in for more panoramic electro ambient forward material.
"Rea," while retaining a stark desolate beauty all its own, undeniably channels Campfire Headphase-era BOC ambient pieces, Near The Parenthesis' work, along with Arovane's (and Kleine's) masterpiece "Tides." Underpinning the album are sci-fi thematics of once hostile planets now terraformed into more habitable atmospheres and environments.
Rounding out the package are four remixes from hallmark ambient and electronic acts Halftribe, (ghost) + Yuánfèn Dream, SineRider, and Stray Theories.
Sun Sea Sky Productions has teamed up with the Bluetech to compile all four of the artist’s “Four Horsemen of the Electrocalypse” series EPs into a Limited Edition Double CD set featuring stunning eight-panel digipak artwork from Totemical that appeared on the EPs, as well as new artwork for cover and inside panels. All orders ship with an 11"x17" poster and 1" button while supplies last!
These four EPs reference the Biblical bringers of the Apocalypse. Drawing inspiration from the classic fantasy art of Moebius, Beksinki and Syd Mead, “The Pale Horse” dances around eschatological tropes with tongue firmly placed in cheek. Featuring gorgeous artwork from concept designer Justin Totemical, each release in the series presents a facet of the visionary prophetic current.
“Emerging from a long period of creative drought and personal struggle, I was seeking a way to frame my own experience in a larger meta-narrative. Navigating through loss and painful transformation always feels apocalyptic, so I wanted to take the opportunity to not only frame my heartbreak in a larger context but also to really laugh at myself and experience the high drama of being human with a sense of humor. The Revelations of our little lives feel like the end of everything, and looking out of our windows of meat and bone we feel the ground rumble with the approach of the 4 Horsemen.
On a larger scale, it’s easy to draw parallels between the realities of modern life and the harbingers of ‘the end’ in John’s symbolic vision of the end of the Roman Empire. We are in the grasp of a dying empire watching the destruction of our biosphere, and yet… every seed must go to ground before new life emerges.
This series of releases is about watching it all burn with a smile, embracing the death of the self as an act of beauty in order to grow. By aligning my own story and our collective story with a prophetic vision of epic proportions, I was able to to regain my joy and (en)lighten my life.”
What originally started as two artists collaborating and remixing a few of each others' favorite tracks, would eventually spark the idea to release a more full-bodied 6-song EP. Two of ambient electronica's finest are represented here. Beautiful photography/design and packaging round out this release. All orders ship with a limited edition 11"x17" poster and 1" button while supplies last! Available on CD and digital formats this fall.Read more »Less
Over a year in the making, "Of Tree" came together as organic as the project's title indicates, with four artists (Melorman, Mokhov, Data Rebel, and SineRider) each contributing three tracks loosely based around and/or exploring themes in nature. Behind Clouds, Jani R, Ocean Lost (aka Stray Theories), and Warmth remixes are also included on this truly one-of-a-kind release. Coming soon on CD + Digital formats.Read more »Less
2015 is proving to be a busy year for George Papadopoulos (aka Hior Chronik), whose third full-length album ‘Taking The Vail’ (Kitchen. Label) and collaborative double-vinyl project with Arovane ‘In-between’ (A Strangely Isolated Place) are due to be released within the year. ‘The First Ray’ (Sun Sea Sky Productions) sees Hior Chronik collaborating with prolific Grecian electronica artist Mikaël Delta, and kicks off a semi-regular series of collaborations from the artist on the imprint.
Drones and ambient fields drench this release with an emotional frequency full of strength, inner treasures and awakening - creating an exquisite recording that attempts to transcend the temporal or physical, replacing these instead with the light of consciousness.
Northcape's third release on Sun Sea Sky Productions, this time a shorter more concise affair featuring six tracks of deliberately uncomplicated downtempo electronica with an analogue-inspired melodic sound. The focus is on detailed, atmospheric leads, deep underlying bass, and gently textured distortion.
Melorman's breakout release on Sun Sea Sky Productions was met with much critical acclaim by the electronic music community, and was also featured as Echoes Radio CD of the Month in August 2013. For those wanting to explore the melodious sounds of this artist, look no further than "Waves" as a rightful introduction.
One of the most critically acclaimed releases in the Sun Sea Sky catalog, Northcape's "Exploration and Ascent" provides a compelling argument that music has the ability to take us places both familiar and far.
Signal Hill's debut release on the label, "Chase the Ghost" (or CTG) is an elegantly restrained instrumental post-rock gem that continues to be met with positive reviews as the band increasingly garners more and more fans across the globe each consecutive release.
Originally released in 2005, Mike Allen's 'Mold' has been completely remastered by Crimson Sun Audio (Touched Compilations, Covert Series, etc.) and has been reissued as a free digital download release on the label.
Clocking in at nearly 65 mins, "Broadcasts In Colour" delivers over an hour of music that explores new sonic territory for the artist, including but not limited to vocals on selected tracks. A six-panel digipak featuring artwork and illustration by Paul Nolan round out this hauntingly beautiful package.
Formerly only available as a CDr release on Lawrence Grover's (aka Boc Scadet) own microlabel clickclickdrone, "Temporary Oceans" has been completely re-mastered and features new packaging and artwork by Liam Frankland. This folks, is a hallmark IDM and electronica album.
Lights Out Asia's debut LP. What started as a few former members of Aurore Rien dabbling around with guitar and programmed beats, has since become a staple in the diet of many shoegaze/electronica fans worldwide. Now coming into their own on the n5md imprint, this recording is still arguably their best.
After reading an article discussing the subject of Scientism, Mike Allen embarked on a journey to write and record his debut solo album "Cirrhotic". The album represents a culmination of Mike's thoughts and rather strong reactions to the above subject matter, but too, marks a brief departure from his regular role of guitarist and vocalist in the band Sunday Flood to write and record solo material of his own.
Debut full-length from multi-talented New Orleans outfit/ensemble. For fans of The Sea and Cake, Tortoise, Aloha, and The Mercury Program. Over an hour of warm summery goodness that will transport you, however briefly, to a time and place where lemonade and lawn chairs rule the earth.
Two stellar artists come together for a split release that's something truly unique and special. A good argument for a split release, whereas this format can be otherwise redundant, littered with a few (but not all) solid tracks, nor particularly worth your time and money to investigate. Not so with this release. Stunning artwork and packaging matched by equally beautiful and harmonious tracks.
The song of Lewis and Clarke is a craft of beautiful and subtle intensity through the timeless sound of guitar, Rhodes piano, drums and voice. The sound strikes the human chord. Hailing from the rural anthracite region of northeast Pennsylvania where the fever of isolation burns from an underground blaze, Lewis and Clarke was formed as an extension of singer/songwriter Lou Rogai's solo work and features a cast of friends that contribute on the recordings.
This album is by far the most intense set of recordings the band has ever documented on a given release. "Advisory" further showcases Sunday Flood's ability to move effortlessly between the emo and hardcore genres, which on more recent recording efforts shows the band leaning toward the latter.