Apocalyptica’s Max Lilja signs to Fluttery Records

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Max Lilja, co-founder of legendary Apocalyptica and touring member of Tarja Turunen band has signed a recording contract with Fluttery Records. Label is to release Lilja’s sophomore solo album.

Max Lilja, known as one of the most versatile and adventurous cellist of all times, is a Finnish cellist and composer. Lilja prepares to release his new album on Fluttery Records and celebrate the album with a tour.

Artist choses Fluttery Records to release his upcoming work which became a home for brilliant artists from all over the world. Label mainly releases instrumental music and open its arms to post-rock, ambient, modern classical and experimentalism.

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Lilja showed prodigious ability from his earliest childhood. At the age of five, when other children started to recognize colours and shapes of letter in alphabet, he became highly attentive to melodies created by playing his first violin. Two years later, he switched to cello, which had stayed his life passion ever since and he was accepted to the Junior Academy of Sibelius Academy when he was ten.

After years of studying and playing in various symphony orchestras, in 1996, Apocalyptica was created with Max (being only 21 years old) as one of the founders. In the following years, the band released three albums (Plays Metallica By Four Cellos in 1996, Inquisition Symphony in 1998 and Cult in 2000).

After leaving Apocalyptica in early 2000s, it seems Max unveiled his full potential – besides being a cellist in Finnish National Opera Orchestra, he became member of a multi genre metal band Hevein and a Finnish folk-pop band Tekijä Tuntematon, whose music is based on Finnish poetry.

In 2007, after initial ideas of solo album and searching for “the sound” of electrified cello, he started touring and recording with former Nightwish vocalist Tarja Turunen and eventually, in 2013, his first solo album Play Electronica By One Cello was released.

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In Lilja’s upcoming solo album Morphosis, the master of the electric cello utilizes a wide spectrum of analog and digital effects to build strong identities for the sounds originating from the cello. In the nine instrumental songs you can hear influences from trip hop to electronica, from rock to classical, all morphed to the amazing cinematic images through Lilja’s cello.

Fluttery Records is proud to host this gifted composer. Label manager Taner Torun says “While recording the new album, Lilja showed us how he grew his compositions. We were very excited whenever we received something new from the artist. The compositions are now fully grown and they are ready to go.”

Fans can start waiting April for the albu and the tour. In order to get notified, you can join mailing list.

Here are the confirmed tour dates for the album:

April 8th, Telakka, Tampere, Finland
April 9th, Henkka, Kuopio, Finland
April 15th, Poppari, Jyväskylä, Finland
April 22nd, Suisto, Hämeenlinna, Finland
April 23rd, Semifinal, Helsinki, Finland
June 12th, New Directions Cello Festival, Ithaca, New York, U.S.A

Row Boat’s ambient wind of Romance

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Fluttery Records start the autumn with Row Boat’s “Romance” which was the first release from Row Boat back in 2009. Now, Fluttery Records have decided to re­release the E.P which is regarded by many fans as a real glimpse into the ambient and experimental world.

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Row Boat is a post​­-rock / ambient solo project by Mark Wardale. Described as “an effort to depict the nature of Scandinavia in note form, the stunning results are lush, ethereal ambience created from a merging of organic strings, horns, bowed guitar work, drums and bass.

Row Boat has been active since 2009, in which 2 full length albums and 3 EP’s have transpired. The debut album ‘Ett’, received glowing reviews from music critics globally as well as a number of ‘Album Of The Year’ nominations. Mark then found his place under the wings of Fluttery Records where he released his second album In Between  which was a wash with breathtaking romantic, ambient songs.

Now, Fluttery Records has decided to celebrate the 5 active years of Row Boat, by re­releasing the first ever EP titled ‘Romance’. It seems very apt that after the second album hit the shelves, the first EP be showcased again. A beautifully constructed set of four songs which overflow with textures and unique sounds, strings, horns and xylophones, remind us of where it all began.

Again, Mark decided to work with ‘Daniela Patrizi’ on the re­workings of the art for ‘Romance’. After the perfect imagery for ‘In Between’ was established and due to the links between the similar genre’s of the releases, it was deemed imperative that the same working relationship continue after such success.

This E.P has everything packed into 4 songs. From the uplifting and feel good cinematic songs ‘Bella’ and title track ‘Romance’ which are packed full of vibrance, to the more obscure, experimental and thought­provoking ‘Ljudet’ and ‘Gjenfødt’. To not listen to this E.P, is to not experience the true relationship between ambience and art.

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Pre-orders started for Row Boat’s Romance

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.

Pre-order the album & listen the first track

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!