Secoya is an ambient / experimental project of George Robinson, a producer from Bristol, UK. He started his musical journey by playing piano at early age. As he grew older, he discovered different types of music and different methods to create them. His music is often lo-fi and reflects a mixture of the surroundings of the countryside, where he lives and the darkness of the city, where he also spends much of his time. This combination of ambient, experimental, lo-fi and classical aims to capture and evoke certain emotions.
There are commonly extensive dynamic changes in his music. These contrasting atmospheres develop his nostalgic and melodic brand of ambient music.
Listening to Secoya is like a gate opens to past but not just his. Get ready go through old movies, amusement parks, dusty things in the attic.
The World is Yours is the second album by the British composer / musician George Robinson, also known as Secoya, following his 2015 release, Ghosts. Since he wrote the music that became Ghosts, he has created a lot of music and feels that this practice has enabled a greater musical competency and understanding of composition.
The album differ from his previous album in that it is greatly influenced by classical music, putting strings and choirs at the forefront. Robinson has maintained his ability to write relatively cozy and sincere songs but has also allowed himself to add greater complexity. He feels strings and similar acoustic instruments are underused in synthesizer dominated ambient music, and that there was space to create acoustic based ambient music.
The songs convey a wide range of emotions from despairing sadness to joyous euphoria, continuing Robinson’s tendency to add emotion to his music.
Oh Hiroshima is a guitar driven post-rock quartet originally from Kristinehamn, Sweden. Through a thoroughly heartfelt sonic output, that manage to mix powerful energetic crescendos with tender melodies and atmospheric vocals, the band marks itself as one to follow.
What started out as a duo recording project that resulted in a couple of self-produced Eps, later transformed into a full-fledged post-rock act with the release of debut album ‘Resistance Is Futile’ in 2011. The band followed up with sophomore album ‘In Silence We Yearn’ in 2015; a record that saw the band pushing their artistic vision into a more unified frame while still maintaining an appealing diversity with each song. The shift mainly came out of the band being able to shape the songs together live in the rehearsal space, with all members contributing to the creative process.
With the release of In ‘In Silence We Yearn’ Oh Hiroshima have shown they are capable of upholding a continuous forward motion when it comes to songwriting, as well as overall sound crafting. With an even greater focus on creating a unifying experience that hold the songs together, while still maintaining the ever present suggestive and adventurous element that has always distinguished the band, the record takes Oh Hiroshimas earlier strengths to new levels. The melodies and sounds turn from gentleness to raw intensity through sweeping narrative sections, backed up by a driven rhythm section and soaring vocals; the latter taking a bigger role on this release than on previous recordings.
Altogether, the music on ‘In Silence We Yearn’ appear to circle around a primary theme or essence, while at the same time letting each song find its own way into the collection. The lyrics mirrors this ideal, centering around the longing for eschatological hope in the sociopolitical turbulence of contemporary society. As a whole, the albums blend of restrained stillness and expressive outpourings seem to create the perfect soundtrack for emotive reflection and introspective exploration. Here comes the CD edition.
Eleven33 is an American music project led by Rob Fleming whose music blends alternative with hints of electronic and post-rock genres providing for a cinematic listening experience.
Eleven33’s cinematic sound is built on strong rhythms, rich textures and undeniable melodies. By combining traditional instrumentation with subtle nods to electronic music, Rob creates richly textured and colorful tracks that captivate and engage the listener, taking them on an inspiring musical journey.
In 2014, after having taken a break from writing anything new for a while, Rob began to sketch and work on ideas he had recorded on the acoustic guitar or piano. There was a ton of inspiration for the new material as well. That year, he saw several close family and friends deal with some serious adversity in their lives. It was just a tough, emotionally draining year on so many fronts … but there were bright spots as well.
Despite the adversity, there was always one shining, consistent theme that came through with these people: their ability to get back up after being knocked down and to find a light amidst the darkness. A lot of times, we just want to cave in and give up. The strength and desire to thrive that Rob saw in these people was incredibly inspiring; so much so, that he began to write music around that theme and that’s where “Chasing Light” came from.
“Chasing Light” is all about resiliency, resolve, determination to thrive, and the quest for “good” despite all the negative things around us. It’s about dealing with and responding to adversity. While he has his own personal connection to each track, Rob’s hope is that people who hear this record can relate to the themes the music conveys and apply it to something they’re going through in life. The tracks are sequenced in a way that take the listener on a journey and there’s a real flow to it all. Innocence, hope, heartbreak, darkness, resilience, and triumph all play a part in telling the story.
In addition to the music, the artwork used for the album is equally inspiring. Collaborations with four very talented landscape photographers: Jonathan Besler, Dominic Kamp, Nicholas Buer, and Szabolcs Zsoldos added so much to the project.
Summer Effect is a post-rock band from Indonesia which was formed in early 2012. Ibo (drums, keys) is the founder. At the end of 2011, he met Aroel (guitar, keys), and since then they have been playing as an instrumental band which blends shoegaze, ambient and post-rock.
The band started as a wish to create new atmosphere; reflecting their tastes in music and other forms of art. They create their compositions with simple chord progression bars, wrapped with a pounding drum beats, harmonized guitar tones, a bit of distortion. Then the songs get slowly begin to evolve to shoegaze, ambient and post-rock to produce certain vibrations of atmosphere.
Afterlife is the third album from Summer Effect which contains 10 instrumental post-rock, progressive songs. In this album they tried to play tones with fractional composition of different time signatures. Simple and unexpected chord progression to produce a unique dynamic, stomping, dark vibe, like what is being experienced on the track Envoy, Clouded Minds or Don’t Let Me Disappear. They are assisted by a musician named “Erdi David”; (Dwaninungka), which fills the bass on the song Beating Heart & Everything Seems Different. Also, the drums sounds warmer than their previous albums.
Summer Effect comes with their third record, inviting people who likes shoegaze, ambient and post-rock to produce certain vibrations of atmosphere to listen “After Life”.
Music is one of the greatest lullabies of the soul. Not just any music, great music. Which is going to bring post-rock lovers to the album, Long Turning, by Ana Never. Ana Never is a brilliant post-rock band from Subotica (Serbia) which has been existing for close to fourteen years since the spring of 2002.
The band’s newest album, “Long Turning” is with no-doubt a work of art. It is not just about the tracks, but the feelings and memories this album emanates. It produces a certain ambience resembling a palliative atmosphere of love and passion. Though only having five songs in the album, the band still reassured its fans of the best forty three minutes of the best kept secrets in post rock genre. Their first track, named “Tomorrow is the Livelong day” is a six minute piece creates a relaxation mood as the near-silent guitars are joined by the drum’s kicks and snares which slowly build up as the track continues. Composed by Srđan Terzin, this track gives the album’s ambient nature as the snares slowly bring the track to a finish. It is surely enjoyable when in a relaxed nature.
The second track in the album, is very captivating such that Ana Never decided to make it the title of the album. “Long Turning”, composed by Goran Grubišić, the main drummer of the band is a ten minute track which enchants the listener right from the beginning with the bass starting out with the guitar to create that postrock feeling. The slow beats of the snares give out its tempo and harmonizes with the guitar then all the other instruments join in very nicely to the end. One can tell that this song is really special after listening to it the first time.
Ana Never has never disappointed its fans. With the release of this new album, many post-rock fans will surely appreciate the feelings this album gives to them.
We Deserve This is a one man project formed in the year 2010 by Jan-Dirk Platek, based in Germany. The music can find itself a place in the post-rock, post-metal area in the genres palette. He was born in 1976 in Germany and he is a multi-instrumentalist who plays all the instruments on the record.
“Floating Colors” is the third album from We Deserve This for Fluttery Records. Jan-Dirk Platek`s output is overwhelming and there`s no way to stop him. He once said: “I`m addicted to music and the creative process in writing and recording new music. I just can`t stop because my mind is full of new ideas.”
His new album “Floating Colors” is about Synesthesia. Synesthesia is a perceptual condition of mixed sensations: a stimulus in one sensory modality (e.g., hearing) involuntarily elicits a sensation/experience in another modality (e.g. vision).
“Floating Colors” has 6 songs, all named after a certain color. Jan described his new album as an experience in both songwriting and recording process. It`s like the missing link between “Pacific” and “Fusion”, ambient music dominated heavier sounds.
Before the recording Jan bought an analog Novation Bass Station 2 and you can hear this synth in every song. “I wanted to explore new ways to expand the sound of We Deserve This and the mission is accomplished.” says Jan. The record sounds like an innovative instrumental record from the future with wonderful piano lines, heavy guitars and some kind of strange sounds.
“I need to go forward and everyone`s lifetime is limited, I don`t want to stuck in the past – the future is wide open” Jan says regarding Floating Colors. This album is something special with all these melancholy that comes out of these songs. If you`re able to expand your horizon then you really have to check this out. It´s like the beauty in colors/sound. To dig all the little details in the sound headphones are highly recommended.
While the weather is getting hotter in May, we come with a breathtaking ambient & electro acoustic record. We never release any album we don’t really like for any reason, all the albums in our catalogue are the albums we think they are the albums which must be in our personal music archive as well. Okada label debut is even beyond that, it has already become one of our favourites of ambient & electroacoustic genres.
Okada is a project by Greg Pappas from Alabama, US. Initially known to the music world as ZXYZXY, Greg used it as a vehicle for experimentation and refinement of his writing technique while dabbling in electroacoustic, ambient, postrock and even wonky genres. It wasn’t until the Summer of 2014 that he felt his music clicked into place seemingly outofnowhere under Okada.
This time around the only constant in the creative process was that there was no focus on any one way to bring out the music. No guides. No genre sign posts. Just as long as the road to the final product was a visceral experience.
Okada (album) is darkly cinematic, but it’s never bleak or depressing. In fact, the bubbly female vocals haunt the music, lifting it up with caring hands out of the dark mire and into a subdued electronic coloring that sits easily with the listener. It’s a bruise that discolors the music’s original pale skin, her original pale genre, and the vanilla blooms into a new, shady gem right in front of our eyes. The low, dull sound of classical instrumentation has been brushed aside like a September cobweb, cleaned of its original timbre. An ambient layer peels itself away, and later a hushed electronic beat shuffles itself and the music forward, proving that electronic rhythms can indeed be subtle, caring and sophisticated.
Conflicting emotions cycle through the music. It can lead to serenity but it can also bring a flood of intense love. It’s gentle, fragile, the cycling beat and the melancholic black and white notes flowing naturally, freely. It’s graceful music that lives and breathes a seemingly simple life in the face of musical complexity. There are a lot of layers underneath its surface; a slowly shifting labyrinth of sound that continually takes you by surprise.
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Inner Trip is a project from Iran created and represented by Saman N (born in 1984, graphic artist and musician).
Saman’s third album “Moments of No Time” is a next step on a journey which began with his debut album “Somewhere Near the Pulse”, released by Fluttery Records a few years ago.
This album contains seven tracks with seven different atmospheres but under the same genre of electronic music and mostly with down tempo cinematic elements. The title of each song is related to the particular scene Saman had in his mind during his musical journey while recording the tracks.
One thing that Saman N tries to achieve with his music is to create imaginary images for audience. That’s why his music floats over different genres from Soundtrack to Trip Hop. He believes making music is like painting. You might choose just one or two colours for your entire canvass or you may decide to use all the colours in your palette for just one scene.
The most important thing is what art looks like at the end and the way it exposes your inner word. Individuality could be the identity of any type of art. With “Moments of No Time”, Saman did once again follow his inner voices to depict a new scene raised of the individuality of the artist.
Based in the north coast of Spain, in a small village by the sea, Lucho González Suárez, who records as Lucho Ripley, deals in glistening tones and shimmering reverb cascading around dreamy melodies and majestic arpeggios. He started to record music in 2013, without musical education, totally self taught. His music, made only with guitars, is a melting pot of post-rock, dreampop, ambient and classical music, but the final work can’t be defined by any of these genres separately.
Lucho Ripley’s new album is an extremely focused set of instrumental compositions that seem to resemble a modern day song cycle.
Every recording of Lucho Ripley is made exclusively with guitars but not in an ordinary way. The music flows always free, far from any convention imposed by the instrument. His new record is not an exception, but a confirmation of his idiosyncrasy.
As the cover by master watercolorist Joe Cartwright seems to suggest, Mirakler is a study of light. The light outside and the light within. The light JMW Turner so incessantly pursued in his paintings. The light of extraordinary events or maybe the simple joy of a summer evening on a small seaside town. It’s for the listener to decide.
Lucho’s songs have often been described as “having a sense of wonderment”, equal parts childlike and zen. Mirakler probably builds the ultimate case for those kinds of statements: never before have Lucho’s painstakingly arranged layers of guitars sounded so radiant or the emotions so stirred. The compositions flow with a purpose that never lets go, from the tension-building, arresting “Poledouris” to the eternal return that is “Vostok 6”. In between those two, mysteries abound.
This is music for open spaces, bright watercolors and wind chimes. Go ahead. Bask in the sunlight.