Nomawkish flavoured journey back in time : Diamond Gloss

Diamond Gloss-blog

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.

Listen, buy or download this album

Harnes Kretzer’s modern classical / ambient tunes: Petrichor

Harnes Kretzer - blogHarnes Kretzer from Germany is a young talented musician whose music travels around modern classical and ambient. Besides his piano based compositions you can hear the music boxes, field recordings, effect/pads and toy instruments.

‘Petrichor’ the greek word for -the scent raindrops arouse falling on dry ground- is a symbol for the diversity contained in Harnes Kretzer’s latest Album.

The variety of modulations he elicits from his antique piano is awesome. The origin of sounds is not reduced to the keys but expands to every single part of the instrument. The lid screeches, the pedals rattle, the felts breathe with the tide. Each acoustic element was squeezed through a magnitude of digital effects to reappear as a homogenic adventure to a never heard acoustic cosmos.

Smooth piano ballads, tiny lo-fi interludes, bewildering noise carpets await the attentive listener. In ‘Petrichor’ Harnes Kretzer combines a colorful mixture of ambient, neo-classical, noise and lo-fi musical styles. The acoustic jewels reveal their beauty by listening closely, laid back with closed eyes withdrawn from the world around.

’Petrichor’ was recorded and processed on various locations. This spatial diversity is the offspring of the emotional and acoustic intenseness attracting the listener throughout the album.

Harnes Kretzer managed to create a very good album by reducing the means to a minimum to get out the most.

Listen to the album

Harnes Kretzer’s Petrichor is available for pre-order

blog-harnes-ketzer-petrichor

Harnes Kretzer from Germany is a young talented musician whose music travels around modern classical and ambient. Besides his piano based compositions you can hear the music boxes, field recordings, effect/pads and toy instruments. “Petrichor” was recorded and processed on various locations. This spatial diversity is the offspring of the emotional and acoustic intenseness attracting the listener throughout the album. Harnes Kretzer managed to create a great album by reducing the means to a minimum to get out the most.

PRE-ORDER This album

 

Absence has been released

 

Gargle and Bosques de mi Mente’s Absence is a perfect album travels in the rivers of classical music, ambient and post-rock.

Bosques de mi Mente is a Spanish contemporary classical composer, that has been creating minimalist piano pieces over the years. Gargle is a duo from Japan that plays beautiful post-rock ambient with modern classical influences. Absence is their first collaboration from these two artists, a delightful and pleasant record.

It all started when the band contacted the composer, a correspondence that would result in a true friendship. Both shared stage in Madrid, Spain, in 2011.

Absence, the album, was conceived when Gargle asked Bosques de mi Mente to work on a song together for the forthcoming Gargle’s album. The experience was so fulfilling for them that they decided to expand on it, and so Absence was born.

From the beginning, the goal was to create a completely collaborative album. The process started by sharing small ideas and song pieces, and soon everything started to gall into place, leading to the three of them working together as a true three-piece band in a gradual and natural way. The result is pure harmony, beauty and a wing for atmosphere, space and time.

Bosques De Mi Mente’s pianos are like little paper ships floating over the water. String players from Tokyo College of Music, conducted by Jun gives the album a great symphonic dimension. Gargle’s guitars and accordions gets the music over the stratosphere. Hope to see these modern classical pieces turn into modern classics.

Listen, buy or download

Pre-orders strarted for Gargle & Bosques de mi Mente album

Gargle-BosquesDeMiMente-albumcoverHey folks, we know you have been waiting for this one. We have started the pre-orders today for Gargle & Bosques de mi Mente album, “Absence”. You will be amazed when you listen to it all but here is a whole preview song available on Bandcamp.

So here you are;

Pre-order 

Gespenst’s Syahmi Rawi release a solo EP

Gespenst’s solo album was welcomed by many of the followers of our label. This time Syahmi Rawi of the duo comes with a solo EP called “The Odyssey”. In his new six song EP he brings ambient, classical and electronica elements together. For listenining / purchase options please visit his Bandcamp page.

It would also be great to hear a new work from the duo isn’t it? We are waiting for it, as you do. Before the upcoming one, please chek Gespenst awesome debut The Bloodline if you haven’t heard it yet.

Olekksii’s modern classical approach in electronica: “Iris”

Olekksii is the stage name of the electronic musician Alexey Krolevets from Kiev, Ukraine. His electronica travels in the rivers of classical music.

 His debut work “Iris” EP is soon to be released on Fluttery Records. The label founder Taner Torun says “We receive a lot of music submissions from all over the world. We try to listen them all. When we were listening to Olekksii, we felt like he must be a part of our family.”

 Olekksii’s music combines electronic music with classical music elements. He says “My way is to connect both too worlds of music fans: conservative classic music lovers and liberate generation of electronic supporters”. When you listen to his music, piano melodies comes together with lush strings and powerful tubes mixed along with electronic beats and basses. These compositions rise the atmosphere of harmony and beauty.

 He says he is very impressed by the saying of Autechre: “It’s all like looking at gene cycles, who inherits what. You’ve got your X and your Y, and you mix them.”

Recent debut “Iris” EP made by Olekksii is a pill which helps you to struggle with such a modern world feelings like lonelines, sorrow, inconstancy. If you impressed by works of Olafur Arnalds, Max Richter, Kettel, Ochre, Jon Hopkins or Nils Frahm you definitely need to give “Iris” EP a try.

Listen, Buy or Download this EP

Two new videos from Music For No Movies

Music for no Movies is a reverse project composed of “orphan” tracks 
and conceived as soundtracks in search of their cinematic motherhood.
So this is a new experiment of ‘adoption’. Featuring Yuki Eikawa.

Earth Job

The Dog and The Downpour

Listen & buy Music For No Movies music

Chek out the album Violent Zen

Modern classical / ambient artist Heinali releases a new album : Air

Heinali airs his ambient mood classics. Oleg Shpudeiko (the man behind Heinali) creates a gloomy atmospheric environment with the piano, strings, ambient / glitch structures. “Air” is his 6 song album.

Heinali from Kiev, Ukraine started composing music in 2003. His sound is generally eclectic, though often described as atmospheric and emotional. In 2009 he joined the Soloma art group and composed music for media art performances “Traces on the Snow”, premiered at “I Love Kiev” contemporary art festival (Kiev, Ukraine, 2009) and “Aero”, premiered at “Gogol Fest” contemporary art festival (Kiev, Ukraine, 2010). His music was featured in ‘Ni Ogros Ni Princesas’ Provizional Danza choreography directed by Carmen Werner (Madrid, Spain, 2011). Collaborated with Maria Navrotskaya, Pleq, Merzbow, Aiode, Anton Baibakov, Orchestra Eclettica e Sincretista, Matt Finney. Collaboration with American poet Matt Finney became a separate heavier and darker sounding project. In 2011 they wrote music for the opening of Olya Pischanskaya’s photo exhibition, which took place at Korobchinsky Art Centre (Odessa, Ukraine, 2011).

Heinali joined Fluttery Records family in 2012. “We first signed international music project Draff Krimmy” says Taner Torun, the label owner. “Jan Hammer recommended us Jun Minowa and his projects Gargle and Yawning. Heinali was introduced to us by Jun Minowa. It seems that artist we work with are so happy that they are recommending us to their friends and our family is growing that way.”

When we return to Heinali’s latest “Air” we find cinematic sad music, strings moving around the central piano motifs which are minimalistic. Power of light touches, the ambience, the echo and the sense.

Listen, Buy or Download This Album

Pre-orders start for upcoming Heinali and signalsundertests albums

This May you will be hearing two great releases: Heinali – Air ; signalsundertests – nascent. Pre-orders have been started. Enjoy!

Heinali – Air

 PRE-ORDER 

Heinali airs his ambient mood classics. Oleg Shpudeiko (the man behind Heinali) creates a gloomy atmospheric environment with the piano, strings, ambient / glitch structures. “Air” is his 6 song album: cinematic sad music, strings moving around the central piano motifs which are minimalistic. Power of light touches, the ambience, the echo and the sense.

signalsundertests – nascent

PRE-ORDER

signalsundertests is  Richard Graham’s sonic playground, beginning life as a collaborative project with fellow artisan, John King. Since 2008, Graham has developed the signalsundertestsproject to attend to the effects of interactive music technology on music performance, resulting in a series of collaborations with a conglomeration of contrasting artists.  “Nascent” features a series of ambient guitar-based musical works.