Nomawkish flavoured journey back in time : Diamond Gloss

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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.

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Latvian ambient music strikes again: Astrowind

astrowind_4Kirils Lomunovs is Latvia based sound and video artist. Starting from the early 90­ties he represents essential experimental electronic music and alternative musical stage of Latvia.

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.

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Pre-orders start for Astrowind, Row Boat and Diamond Gloss

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.

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Somewhere The Music Had Been Played

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

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In Between

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

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Nomawkish

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

Release dates:

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!

Astrowind re-issue comes very soon

astrowind ambient musicianLatvia’s ambient music master re-issue a work from the beginning years of Astrowind project. Astrowind was established by Kirils Lomunovs in 2006. The album was recorded on tape recorder during live improvisations at Tokctoka studio in Riga in August 2007, but it still represents contemporary sound.

We are going to pick the release date soon. Keep connected.

Our email traffic with AL_X

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We haven’t recevied any news in the last two months from Manchester’s electronica hero AL_X (a.k.a Alex Dunford) and we decided the ring his bell. We started the conversation in a funny way, making referance to another Alex who is a sexy female indie pop singer (written as AL-X).

 

alex1aI think we succedeed in making him laugh and he replied immediately.

alex2We have been prepairing a big suprise for him but this is a secret. If you are following this blog you will somehow learn it (in the near future).

alex3Than we learn that he also has a suprise for us!

alex4And this is how this coversation got into the blog.

alex5And he agreed.

alex6♫ It’s not difficult to guess what his 22 track suprise is but our suprise for him will be kept as secret for a while. For this time, you can have a listen to AL_X’s debut album which is also full of suprises.

 

Video: Monochromie – Insomnia

French ambient / posrt-rock / modern composition artist Monochromie has just posted a video for his song Insomnia. He has two amazing albums on Fluttery Records.

If you haven’t heard yet, please take a listen to them:

Enlighten Yourself While You Sleep

Angels and Demons

Ambient flowers with post-rock bee buzz: Monochromie

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Monochromie is back with “Enlighten Yourself While You Sleep”, a new 9-track album in the ambient / electronica / post-rock genre and the new album will surprise many listeners.

After his quiet and peaceful debut album “Angels and Demons”, the new album shines bright. As the album cover suggests, sounds emerge from an electric heaven or flash through stormy skies. The post-rock tone is accentuated with the addition of ethereal melodies played on guitars, while loud and saturated noises that transports the listener into an increasingly wild, intense and deep elsewhere.

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Before a deep look into the new album, let’s talk about his debut album. “Angels and Demons” was a good start on his musical career. Album welcomed by followers of the label and received very nice reviews.

Thinkmuzik said “His music shows a unique perspective on the post-rock genre, presenting numerous attitudes and textures through the musical landscape. This variety is what makes Monochromie one of the best post-rock artists.” while Beach Sloth has called the album ” A constant struggle between the classical and electronic elements. ” “This pits the organic against the digital. Listening to the struggle between the two separate elements makes it infinitely interesting. Hope neither side ever wins.” Here are more;

 Soundcolourvibration: “What makes Angels and Demons a really different album than anything else coming out right now is the consistency of different worlds sitting boldly and perfectly together and exactly how they relate to one another. (…) I have really been enjoying a lot of ambient music coming out this year and Angels and Demons from Monochromie is a new direction in this field of music.”

A Closer Listen: “It doesn’t happen often that we hear an album we have a hard time categorizing, but that is what happened when listening to the debut album of Wilson Trouve aka Monochromie.(…) What it does best however is point out what Monochromie excels at: making music that is full of hope and fear, vivid colors and darkness, feels like a dream, but has the mundanity of life.”

Post-rock.be: “Ambient/post-rock infused with beautiful and sublime soundscapes

MRU: “For his foray into the musical world, Monochromie’s efforts are mature and strong. Angels and Demons brings the listener on a pleasant and varied ride, communicating its theme confidently and without words. The sounds speak for themselves, simultaneously capturing the ears and emotions of listeners, and not letting go.”

W. Henry Prince: “In one of my circles of hell, Bono emotes politically over stadium rock chords to a 4/4 drum beat. In my version of heaven, Monochromie is playing.”

Caleidoscoop: “Depth, emotion splendor so beautiful and knows how to shine in Autumn.”

As reviews suggest, Wilson Trouvé’s Monochromie travels through the borders of ambient, noise and post-rock, these surfaces and textures slowly evolve towards an elsewhere, producing the resonance of a particular atmosphere: a dark or luminous landscape, aerial or earthly, a hot or cold light. Each song’s color is unique and draw bridges between classical and contemporary, minimalism and baroque, using a piano, a metallophone, and some other acoustic instruments mixed with crystalline sounds, sparkling , squeaky or saturated.

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This second album includes tracks composed, recorded and mixed by Wilson Trouvé between September 2012 and February 2013, in the artist’s studio in Marseille, and mastered by Gérald Kuentz at KO Studio in Marseille.

Wilson says “This new album is the result of days and nights of hard work and a slow and intense immersion into the depths of my soul, and into its relations to our dramatic, poetic and beautiful reality. What you hear is what you see.”

Fluttery Records is very happy to release the second album of this gifted artist and we believe that the people who enjoyed his debut album will also enjoy this album and find new musical tastes with the new songs like Fireworks, Day and night of a scarecrow, Silence is Anger. Also we strongly recommend this album to fans of Sigur Ros, Pan American, Hammock, Eluvium, Explosion in the Sky, Mogwai, Godspeed You Black Emperor, Thee Silver Mt Zion, Brian Eno, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto, Erik Satie, Port-Royal, Max Richter, Library Tapes and anyone who enjoys post-rock, ambient and electronica.

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Pre-orders started for new Monochromie album

Monochromie Second Album Cover Monochromie is back with “Enlighten Yourself While You Sleep”, a new 9-track album in the ambient/electronica/post-rock genre and the new album will surprise many listeners.

The album is coming on May 24! and it’s a great album needs to be pre-ordered.

Inner Trip’s sophomore album: Initiate

Inner Trip continues the journey with his sophomore album. Nine pieces from nine different lands of music make the second album of Inner Trip which entitled “Initiate”. In a closer view, the album is based on electronic and ambient atmosphere with some touches of oriental music. Although there are two songs with vocals, “Initiate” is almost an instrumental album.

Inner Trip’ is the solo project of Saman N (born 1984, graphic artist and musician) formed in 2011. Saman lives in Iran. With his debut album “Somewhere Near The Pulse” he has overcome the prejudice and made a good start on his musical journey. The album received good response from the followers of our label.

The project’s musical genre was based on cinematic soundtracks in which there were multiple influences from other genres like ‘Ambient’, ‘Electronic’, ‘Trip Hop’. However, Saman N’s style of musicality also made ‘Inner Trip’ an “Experimental” project in the sense of musical genre. Beside of transferring his sole feelings to the audience, Saman N has quoted attempts to produce a music which could create strong visualizations for them.

Saman says “Inner Trip’s dough, imagination and dream, have a bold role on my music. Each track has a deal with my inner fantastic world.” Initiate might be the right choice to discover what lies beneath.

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