The sonic world in Iván Muela’s “Unsound”

Iván Muela is a young multi-instrumentalist, composer and engineer based in London. His music relies heavily on warm sounding pianos, strings and abstract surreal sounds, ultimately resulting in a sway of beautiful melodies and fascinating textures. Perhaps influenced by being immersed in the lo-fi/punk scene, Iván brings this attitude to his music. Placing special emphasis in capturing the moment, his compositions are splattered with improvisation and chance. Iván is fascinated by the way technology can become an essential part of the compositional process, therefore pushing the rigid boundaries that for so long have characterised classical music.

The sonic world created by the young composer in “Unsound” is a swirl of emotions. The melodies and textures captured in its 11 tracks bring the listener into a different dimension in which feelings like desolation and hope walk hand by hand. This time Iván’s exploratory spirit took him to traverse new musical territories, blending classical-sounding passages with modern electronic elements. Unsound, Ivan’s most ambitious work to date, features several upright and grand pianos, modular synthesisers, guitars, bass, upright bass and even a 9-piece string ensemble recorded in a church.

While not being necessarily a conceptual album, Unsound is heavily inspired by the composer’s everyday life. Some tracks are little snippets of his thoughts, reflections of personal events and some sound passages are reflecions of life in a big metropolis. “Trying to find beauty in a hectic city like London is sometimes tough. Hope, worries, calm, bliss, elation, feeling like exploding inside… There are a lot of emotions put into this music but what each person makes out of them… that is very personal”.

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Mathew Row’s modern classicals: Immersion

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We are starting December with a very special classical music record. Immersion is Mathew Row’s first endeavor into the world of modern classical music, and his first serious pursuit of album production as well. The result is just amazing, that’s why we felt a strong desire to get him in our label as soon as we listened to his pieces. We hope that you will enjoy this artist from Ithaca, New York as we do.

Immersion also has a very cosy feeling. For him, the experience of doing all the production work himself was “terribly important”. Mathew says “If I had sent the music off to be recorded / mixed / mastered by a professional which I was tempted to do many times, it would have come back to me in a different language, the intimacy would have been lost.”

Before talking more about the album, let’s have a look at his musical background. Mathew began his musical career behind a drum set. He played the drums for close to 15 years, playing out around town and touring with various metal acts. During these years he also taught himself to play guitar and a little bit later, he fell in love with piano, too, when he found an old electronic keyboard from his childhood. On this keyboard “Tiger Lilly” was written.

The kickstart to what happened next was on behalf of the kindness of Mathew’s great uncle, Harold, who, after talking with Mathew about his interest in the piano, bequeathed to him his wife’s piano; a Kranich and Bach upright console. The next year was spent in an intensive retreat into music, where Mathew wrote, practiced, recorded, and produced the album “Immersion”, on this very special piano, which was released in the summer of 2014. Harold was able to hear the finished version of the album, before passing away the next year.

After this Mathew embarked upon a 6 week journey with his aunt, Cathryn Smith, to walk the Camino de Santiago, a 500 mile trek across Spain. He describes this as a very transformative event in his life and incorporates much of what he experienced into the current musical projects he is working on. You can easily pick up on this with Mathew’s more recent compositions in the walking tempo of the pieces and the frequent and repetitive motif’s that echo the slow, steady, and simplistic lifestyle on the Camino.

Mathew Roth’s debut album, Immersion, is an introspective journey into the more subtle rhythms of the Earth and the human experience. Written and recorded in “The Tea House”, as he fondly refers to the 10×10 hut where he resided in Virginia for the year that this album took to produce, Immersion incorporates many nuances and “imperfections” that add to the ambience of the experience, such as footsteps, sliding piano keys, a crackling fire, and bird calls. Mathew refers to the production of this album as “a way for me to bring what was hidden into the light.”

What made us made us fall in love with his music before signing him to the label was mainly his amazing piano / strings driven compositions which brings us to lands of other worlds. (Personally it makes feel walking on bare foot on a meadow made of grass and tiny little flowers.)

Let’s give the last words to Mathew Roth. “Every song on this album is about a very profound and particular experience for me. My writing process involved taking a freeze frame of a memory or emotion, and taking a magnifying glass to that very specific moment, and expanding it into music.”

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Monocromie release Behind Black Clouds

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Monochromie is a musical project of Wilson Trouvé. His music is emerging from many melting spots on borders of ambient, noise and post-rock; thus every song created is a pure original with the resonance of a particular atmosphere. Dark or luminous, hot or cold, wind or earth – attentive ear will detect them all. Monochromie’s music plays with our deep emotions and produces colors in the palette already rich and contrasted of Fluttery Records artists.

In 2012, he released his debut “Angels And Demons” on Fluttery Records and received the most flattering reviews. A year later, his second release “Enlighten Yourself While You Sleep” clearly contrasted with his previous piece, what only proved artists skillfulness and versatility.Between the first album releases and his latests piece, which we are going to present to you shortly, Wilson was not neglecting his career and self-released two EP, “Winter” in 2014 and “Brussel-Zuid” in 2015.

Today, he is coming with his brand new album “Behind Black Clouds”. Listen

Who could introduce his art better than the composer himself?

“After a full year of composition, I am excited to finally present my fourth album: Behind Black Clouds. Like in the past, the process was erratic. Some tracks I could start and complete within a single day. Other took me week, even months, to come maturity. I try to keep the ear on the ground of my emotions, my mood and feelings. The time
has to be right.”

Album’s core instrument is a piano. Even though most of his album was composed in his studio in Marseille, the piano types varies according to a place Wilson was in. Piano recordings together with samples taken from the street and with melodies, basic music editing effects and other instruments like metallophone or melodica created wonderful music carrying the right expression achieved through balance in artist’s creative process.

Wilson further says:”Of course, the visual artist that I am influences the way I perceive and use sound. I literally view it as a palpable texture, one that can be sculpted, modeled, blended and bended in various forms. This also reflects on the way my music tells specific stories. It is no different than clay, dust, paper, colors, paint or inks. Eventually, I want the music that I create to become a collection of paintings, series of shots and screens made of all the many layers that I patiently add along months of creation. Until the balance becomes right. I feel they become landscapes, clouds, shades and lights.”

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Pre-orders start for Monochromie

Good news for all fans of ambient music! Monochromie is coming with a new album that will definitely surpass all your expectations and you can lay your hands on it as early as on 24 April. Get ready for wonderful songs recorded on piano combined with excerpts from real life – samples taken directly from the street which create emotionaly matured and blissful listening session.

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Heinali presents his new waves

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Heinali is a project by a music composer and a sound artist from Ukraine, Oleg Shpudeiko and his new release A Wave Crashes has been just released.

Oleg is a self-taught artist, who started to compose in 2003 and even though his music style can be defined as stylistically eclectic, many of his compositions are electroacoustic and often incorporate sound processing methods and techniques. He became a part of Solama art group and started to compose music for installations and performances.

His debut album “67 Breaths” was released in 2011. This was followed by “Air” on Fluttery Records in 2012, which was characterised by minimalist, chamber compositions for piano, strings and field recordings. In the same year two CDs, combining spoken word performance and heavy guitar sound, ‘Conjoined’ and ‘Ain’t No Night’ were released on Paradigms Recordings in collaboration with American poet Matt Finney. His last project was the “Blook” duo which he formed with classically trained music composer Alexey Shmurak.

Heinali’s live shows usually feature free electro-acoustic improvisations. Oleg also works as a music composer, writing music for films, games and other media.

The new album by Heinali, “A Wave Crashes” consists of material recorded during electroacoustic studio improvisations incorporating analogue synthesizers and analogue and digital sound processing. It’s a kind of a sound sculpture of a certain moment almost frozen in time, letting you experience it from the different angles of space.

The EP mastered by Lawrence English, while album photography credits goes to Alex Naselenko.

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Secoya or an ambient gate to memories

secoya-ghosts-blogSecoya 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 ways of creating them. George’s music is often lo-fi and possesses an ability to evoke emotions provided by his surroundings, green countryside and darker cities. This combination flowing from mixture of ambient, experimental, lo-fi and classical music aims to capture and evoke certain emotions.

George’s music is characterised by commonly extensive dynamic changes. These contrasting atmospheres develop in nostalgic and melodic brand of ambient music.

Ghosts is the debut album from Secoya, an ambient/experimental music project started in 2014 by George Robinson.

The album combines reverb laden melodies and nostalgic chord progressions with a lo-fi feel to create an aural reflection of Robinson’s thoughts, feelings and surroundings at that time. The joyful tone and interesting textures on this album bring back the happy memories that everyone has.

Listening to Secoya is like a gate opens to past for all of us. Get ready go through old movies, amusement parks and dusty things in the attic.

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