Apocalyptica’s Max Lilja signs to Fluttery Records

Max Lilja

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

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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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.

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Harnes Kretzer’s Petrichor is available for pre-order

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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.

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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.

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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;

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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.

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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

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Chek out the album Violent Zen