Summer Effect is a post-rock duo from Indonesia. They create their compositions with simple chord progression bars, wrapped with a pounding drum beats, harmonized guitar tones and a bit of distortion. Then the songs get slowly begin to evolve to shoegaze, ambient and post-rock to produce certain vibrations of atmosphere. After their debut release “Take a Rest” which was a collection of these free downloads, the band signed with the record label and Fluttery Records is happy to release their fresh recordings: “Starting Over”.
You will remeber this year’s amazing ambient album In, Between by Row Boat. After such an amazing album, we are going to put out a re-issue.
‘Romance’ was the first release from Row Boat back in 2009. It heralds the beginning of the ever changing sounds and structure of one man composer Mark Wardale to this day. Now, Fluttery Records have decided to re-release the E.P which is regarded by many fans as a real glimpse into the ambient and experimental world.
On Your Horizon are experimental music band, formed in 2010 in Eskişehir, Turkey. The band consists of Rammy Roo (guitars, vocals, synth), Tugrul Gultepe (bass guitar, synth), Ender Akgun (drums and cymbals) and Yasemin Ozler (cello, synth).
OYH was founded by guitarist Rammy Roo. Shortly after releasing the debut album “Home”, the band members got in touch to play the album live. In the beginning, On Your Horizon’s music contained typically post-rock elements. The cultural interactions kick-started their concentration on improvisation in a natural way. All these circumstances influenced the group significantly and a new album “In, Empty”, released in 2012 was born.
“In, Empty” is surrounded by its own cinematic ambience with heavy cello lines, dreamy guitars and characteristic rock drums & bass meass guitar lines. All the tracks were born in the stage during the improvisations.
On Your Horizon has played at almost all significant venues and festivals in Turkey, together with many precious bands (Mogwai, This Will Destroy You, One Hour Before The Trip, Dario Elia, The XX, etc.) In 2010, OYH entitled to 3rd rank award in 15th Roxy Music Days, which is one the most important alternative music awards in Turkey.
Liminal Digs is the name of the collaboration between Singer-Songwriter and Vocalist, Mama Crow, and Producer, Daniel Lofredo Rota. The duo brushed hearts at an Oakland coffee shop and soon thereafter began to produce a series of tracks, the first of which, “Unwritten,” was the beginning of their debut EP, “Dragonfly.” Combining Meticulous production and soulful vocals, they traverse the liminal, residing in the boundary between instrumental and electronic, and exploring the limits of the eclectic. Liminal Digs is a fusion of anarchy and control, strength and vulnerability, eloquence and silence. Lofredo’s deep ambience and sonic space is punctuated by the Gutierrez’s delicately fierce lyricism, creating a space where ideas, love, and soul flow freely and dance in spacious atmospheres, like smoke.
Mama Crow – A New York native and East Bay transplant, this self-taught guitarist and soulful songstress evokes listeners on a deep, soul level. Her sound is a mix of rhythmic, funky finger picking and string slapping, guttural blues belts, quick lyrical flow with insidious phrasing. She has an authenticity and realness that will startle you. She cares only about art, creativity and “cawing it like it is” while bringing forth an honest and uplifting message. She expresses herself through many styles from neo-soul, blues, jazz, acoustic, folk-rock, electronica, dub-step, down tempo, hip-hop, dance, poetry. Always singing a mix of all original lyrics and on the spot free style- this original artist leaves a stirring inspiration where ever she goes.
Daniel Lofredo Rota – Born and raised in Quito, Ecuador, Daniel Lofredo Rota moved to California in 2005, and has since resided in the back and forth. His work is fundamentally exploratory, seeking to create environments where ideas can be experienced. His music, poetry, and visual work recurrently visit the abstraction of logic, anarchic control, fluidity and the rigid, emotional reason, with a quixoticism which is only his; a place where apparent opposites express the humanist surface tension upon which expression hinges.
Dragonfly is Liminal Digs’ first release. Its a short EP of collaborative songs which were recorded in a series of 3 hour recording sessions. The album is effusive and emotional, and also sublime and filled with lessons and wisdom. Mama Crow’s lyrics are imbued with a sense of virtue in the face of adversity, and they are carefully woven into a backdrop of spacious atmospheres and meticulous detail. The album is full of light, and is a sort of mantra for a spiritual restoration; a release of past burdens. It rings true and delicate and speaks elegantly to the beautiful adversity that makes life such an incredible and challenging adventure.
Mama Crow and Daniel Lofredo Rota began collaborating in late 2013 after a brief chance meeting at an Oakland coffeeshop. They planned a series of recording sessions, and, after the first 3 hours, had created their first track, “unwritten.” This piece of music is a fusion between Lofredo Rota’s Andean roots, and cinematic tendencies, and Mama Crow’s lyrical versatility, her love of harmonies, and her deep flowing lyrics. The Track is a mantra of hope and recovery and feels like a melancholic bird’s eye view of a past now gone, and would set the tone for the rest of the EP.
A deep genuine melancholy resides in their sound. it evokes the nostalgia and deep emotion of the sensitive soul infused with a sublime love of life, and true appreciation of the beauty of existence. This is at the core of this release. Genuine appreciation, beauty and poetry, space and sound, love. In a display of experimental fusion, acoustronics, Latin-Folk and Haunting Indie-Alternative; this mini-album is an expression of triumph; finding and holding onto self-love in a world which can be very cold at times. This collection of music was created out of pure authenticity and in-the-moment writing. There is nothing contrived here. Dragonfly is profoundly honest compilation that speaks clearly to the soul.
This time, we are getting to you with a band representing art rock embellished with strings, a band creating epic cinematic compositions full of sweeping elegant darkness and hypnotic delicate intensity – Stems.
Based in Huddersfield, UK, Stems formed in 2011 with the idea of seeking a new relationship between experimental guitar and classical instruments, to create music with the energy of rock music but with elongated and intense structures of Western and Indian classical music. The name Stems is derived from the idea of roots diverging to produce unique strands, all of which are bound to a central body.
To date the band have released one E.P – The 20 minute long track ‘Only When All is Broken Can the Truth Be Seen’ and an album ‘Polemics‘.
In 2013 they embarked on their first successful tour of Europe – 15 concerts to promote the album ‘Polemics’, in February 2014 they toured a new limited edition album ‘Shock and Awe’, all of the albums were sold before the tour ended. They have developed a following based largely around their passionate and intense live performances and have a further two tours booked in June and November.
Stems first full length album is 9 tracks that were slowly pieced together over 6 months in late 2012 and early 2013. Originally self released and accompanied by a 15 date European tour, the album quickly sold out of its 1st and 2nd pressing of hand made CD’s. Printed on tracing paper to create see through and multilayered artwork.
The sound of the album is that of contradictions; Calm and delicate yet intense and darkly uplifting. Dreamlike beautiful music that builds from simple rhythms/ melodies/ drones, reaching elegant hypnotic climaxes and intense crescendos that have now been interwoven with a string and wind ensemble.
Post-rock guitar blends with classical strings while eastern influences on technique and composition are mixed with minimalism and classical theory such as counterpoint and organum. The resulting album is cinematic, powerful, elegant, both new and truly engaging in a way that draws you in rather than screams for attention.
The re-release of Polemics by Fluttery Records coincides with the inclusion of three of the album’s videos in this year Tour de France opening ceremony in the bands hometown, Huddersfield.
Stems embark on a short European tour in June, dates below.
(FR) Caen – Porte Sans Clé
(FR) Poiters – La Poppine
(DE) Mainz – Haus Mainsuch
(DE) Dresden – Hole Of Fame
(DE) Nuremberg – Hemdendienst (With extra string players)
Ana Never from Serbia celebrates their 12th anniversary & 10th anniversary of their first live show this year. They have a gift for their friends and fans who love them and listen to their gorgeous instrumentals.
This is a digital only release and free, still you can reward it on Bandcamp.
They will be releasing a new studio album this year. This live recording comes before the upcoming storm.
Ten years after their first concert, they decided to reward their listeners. The recording took place in Mini Club in their home town Subotica. It comes today as it is; a very raw recording, without mixing and mastering.
Nevertheless, it will be hugely appreciated by both band’s and label’s fans, as it is still Ana Never.
Through the decade Ana Never emerged as one of the most respectful bands of post-rock related music in the Balkan region. The band have played all around the south east and central Europe, shared stage with Jeniferever, Kayo Dot, Heirs and many many others. They have been hosting and promoting Nadja, Dorena, Khuda, Sun Glitters, Port-royal, Shaking Sensations, God is an Astronout and dozens of other bands and artists for their live shows in Serbia.
Their latest studio album “Small Years” was appreciated by both music lovers and critics and the album was chosen as one of the “best post-rock” or “best instrumental rock” albums of 2012.
The album also appeared in printed books. In Stinkweeds “Best of 2012” Book, Jesse Srogoncik says: “Formulaic though it may be, instrumental post-rock still has the ability to create moments of transcendental bliss at the proper volume. This sophomore effort from Ana Never stands as one of the finest post-rock recordings of this or any other year. Truly magnificent: the elongated, creeping crescendo of Godspeed You Black Emporer, the melancholy of Japan’s Mono, and Mogwai’s gale force, hammer of the gods. There is an undeniable stasis befitting their Serbian origins; like Thomas Koner or Stars Of The Lid, a tectonic shift that seems capable of bending time. You’ll want your clock set to Daylight Savings Time and a stereo that goes to eleven.”
Ana Never members said their upcoming studio album is coming soon. This live recording from 2004 is a good gift for the band fans (including all Fluttery Records family) who are impatiently waiting for the record.
Gonçalo Pereira (born 1984. Lisbon, Portugal) is a multi-instrument player, postrock and ambient electronica musician, producer. Pereira first started as a frontman of the postrock band “How Comes The Constellations Shine” before establishing himself as a solo artist under the moniker of Diamond Gloss.
His influences travels among modern composers such as Arvo Pärt and Henryk Górecki, the ambient experiments of Brian Eno or his peers Autechre, Hammock, Sigur Rós, Helios and Múm. Composing music, he relies on help of pianos, microbeats, effectstreated guitars and musicboxes. His sound and melodies incorporate elements of modern classical, electronica, idm, ambient, and postrock music with live instrumentation. Listeners of ambient and modern classical artists like Jónsi and Alex, Hammock, Olafur Arnalds, Sigur Rós, Múm, Nils Frahm may find the atmosphere they are looking for.
Nomawkish is the second studio album from Portuguese ambient / modern classical project Diamond Gloss. Three years after debuting with “Bears”, Gonçalo Pereira returned to his studio to record new Diamond Gloss songs. The whole album was recorded in Lisbon and like on the first album, piano is the key instrument also on this recording. “Bears” and “Nomawkish” also differ in their moods, the former was more joyful and open, whereas the latter is more dark and introspective.
The recording of this album started with various loops recorded after “Bears” was released. The album was recorded entirely with piano and then layered with strings, dulcitone, choirs and ambient noises. Nomawkish offers a lo-fi feeling, almost like an old tape playing back on a walkman. This lo-fi production was an intentional choice for this album. Compared to Diamond Gloss’ previous work, this album is a logical step forward.
Row Boat is a post-rock / ambient solo project by Mark Wardale. Mark cites several Scandinavian influences behind Row Boat, including classical Nordic sounds and current musical acts such as Sigur Ros, Bjork and Agent Fresco. Mark describes Row Boat as, “an effort to depict the nature of Scandinavia in note form.” The result is a lush, ethereal ambience created from a merging of organic strings, horns, bowed guitar work, drums and bass.
Row Boat’s first release was the 2009 ambient E.P. “Romance.” It was not until May 2012 when an unannounced second EP titled “Svaret är Ja,” [The Answer is Yes] surfaced. In 2013, Row Boat took to a busy year with the release of the first full length album, “Ett,” which received glowing reviews from critics globally. This was recently followed up in 2014 with the successful EP ‘Shallow Waters’. He has found his place under the gorgeous wings of Fluttery Records and he has been in the label since he made the contracts to release his upcoming album in 2014, called “In Between”.
Post-rock has become so varied and broad along the music spectrum that many people find it hard to explain these days. This would also explain Mark Wardale’s latest album release ‘In Between’. A mix of numbing piano sounds, ambience, subdued eclectronica and ‘dirty’ strings produce the different shades that make up the light and dark of romance in note form. New sounds and feelings are evoked whilst a sense of familiarity lingers and comforts.
‘In Between’ was an idea, an interpretation of romance, written in note form for listeners to relate to in a different and unexpected way. Love can have so many meanings, good, bad, confusing. This album was written to show not just the light side, but the darker and unexplored sides of romance.
What makes the album so unique is the creative collaboration between musician ‘Mark Wardale’ and writer, reviewer and all round music lover ‘Daniela Patrizi’ on ‘In Between’ to create the perfect artwork and imagery in reference to the music.
The 40 minutes of music itself meets all listening expectations, from the strong and empowering piano’s and ambiance of ‘Meet me at the Colosseum’ and ‘Later That Day’, to the darker edgy and more reflective songs like “The Dying Art of Romance” and “Hollow.”
For the last few years in consequence of his own activities his music was published in such countries as Germany, Italy, France, Denmark, Turkey, Spain, USA, Ukraine and Russia.
Deep interest of sound exploration led K. Lomunovs to participate and establish several dissimilar musical projects and to try to invent his own sound.
In the beginning of 90ties he performed as a percussionist in different bands, including the Latvian cult IndieRock band Inokentijs Marpls . In the middle of the 90ties he changed his direction to DancePunk acting in collective Yaputhma Sound System the popular and wide known in Riga those days. In the 2000’s he focused on sound research and confidently continued on his work in the field of experimental electronic music and actual sound art.
Being true to analog sound and experiment in the form of live improvisation with old Soviet and Japanese analog synthesizers and effects K.Lomunovs invented experimental and authentic music style Paleopsychedelic ambient and also realized a GlitchHop project Kriipis Tulo. The style of Paleopsychedelic ambient brightly represented and continues to develope within Astrowind project established by K.Lomunovs in 2006.
“Somewhere The Music Had Been Played” represents Paleopsychedelic ambient again. Once issued on a net label „Resting Bell” as edited version in 2007 this feature certainly worth to be reissued in more „touchable” media today in fulllength. Recorded on tape recorder during live improvisations at Tokctoka studio in Riga in August 2007, but it still represents contemporary sound.
All the tracks are left untreated and unprocessed as they were on original tapes. All were improvised on analog hardware. Analog synths and echo machines speak a language each one understands well. Astrowind brings out unordinary nostalgic melancholic paleopsychedelic experimental ambient music with a distinctly spatial nature and territorial associative relation to a region of Baltic Sea.
Starting the 2007 seven albums are published:
„The Night The Stars Flew”(2007), „Into Vernadsky” (2007), „Somewhere The Music Had Been Played” (2007), „Fresh Wind In The Valley Of Dreams” (2008, reissed on Fluttery records in 2012), „Der Leuchtturm” (2008), „Kurland” (2009), „Kaidanovsky” (2012).
In 2012 in Italy the latest Astrowind album „Kaidanovsky” was published as a tribute to the great Russian actor and film director Alexander Kaidanovsky, which played a role of Stalker in worldwide known Andrey Tarkovsky movie “Stalker”.
Kaidanovsky was an extraordinary artist with incredible erudition and wide academic knowledge. He adapted works of Tolstoy and Borges in movies, participated the Jury of Cannes Film Festival in 1994.
Album dedicated to personality of Kaidanovsky and offers a collection of unconventional music for seriousminded listener, provides the alternative soundtracks to the movies of Kaidanovsky („Simple Death”, „Guest”, „Garden”, „The Ascent To Eckhart”), which maybe are less known to general public, than his actor`s works. Certain compositions are replicas to the main actor work of Kaidanovsky – the role of Stalker. Album in general could be taken as alternative soundtrack to “Stalker” movie too.
Part of this album was represented at the annual “Stalker Festival” in Tallin in September 2012. Festival takes place in a former industrial complex areas (nowadays known as Kultuuri Katel), which served as the scenery for Tarkovsky’s famous movie.
April is going to be an amazing month. We worked really hard not to keep you and our artists waiting. We decided to work extra long hours and release these amazing albums one week after another. You will see four new release by Fluttery Records in April. Here is first three.
The first release is a re-issue by Latvian ambient / electronic music artist, soundscapes engineer Astrowind. “Somewhere The Music Had Been Played” represents Paleopsychedelic ambient again. Once issued on “Resting Bell” in 2007, edited version this feature certainly worth to be reissued in more “touchable” media today in full-length. PRE-ORDER and hear
Row Boat has found his place under the gorgeous wings of Fluttery Records and he is releasing his new album on our label. Row Boat is a post-rock / ambient solo project by Mark Wardale. Mark cites several Scandinavian influences behind Row Boat, including classical Nordic sounds. PRE-ORDER and hear the first track
Nomawkish is the second studio album from Portuguese ambient / modern classical project Diamond Gloss after three years. Gonçalo Pereira, return to his studio to record new Diamond Gloss songs which are just amazing. As different mood as “Bears”, which was a more joyful and open album than this new one. Nomawkish is more dark and introspective. PRE_ORDER and hear the first track
April 04, 2014 : Astrowind / Somewhere The Music Had Been Played
April 11, 2014 : Row Boat / In Between
April 18, 2014 : Diamond Gloss / Nomawkish
Again, April will be just amazing; with amazing music and new beauties. All you need is a little more hope and allowing more daylight in your life. Exicited! Excited! Excited!