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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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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Monochromie Release The Debut Album : Angels and Demons

Monochromie’s debut album, Angels and Demons blends ambient, modern classical, post-rock and it is a constant round trip between a soothing breath and a sleepless noisy storm.

Monochromie is the musical project of Wilson Trouvé. 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.

Sigur Ros, Pan American, Explosion in the Sky, Mogwai, Godspeed You Black Emperor, Thee Silver Mt Zion, Brian Eno, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto or Frederic Chopin, Erik Satie and the sonatas or impromptus of Franz Schubert are among the many influences of the artist.

“Angels and Demons” is Monochromie’s debut album. Built from piano melodies, tinged with synthetic textures and industrial sounds, his music shines and darkens into one single movement. Along with 13 songs on the album, we travel between heaven and earth, light and gravity, among angels and demons which inhabit our worlds and Monochromie’s music.

In a constant round trip between a soothing breath and a noisy storm, Monochromie’s music plays with our deep emotions and produces the new colors in the palette already rich and contrasted of Fluttery Records artists.

The label founder Taner Torun says “Sometimes I work a lot and being sleepless is one of motivations in the life. I like making sleepless hours more disturbing with listening music which travels between peace and destruction. I mean the glitchy, little noisy patterns with joyful ambient which may have melodic structures. The Belong debut October Language was my favourite album for those moments. Since the day Wilson handed debut Monochromie, Angels and Demons, it became the new golden treasure of sleeplessness. That’s why I love the third track of the album, Erosion. It’s a sleepless song.”

Wilson Trouvé, the man behind Monochromie is also a talented modern artist who have made solo and group exhibitions and his works are featured in many art fairs and festivals. His biography can be found here. Trouvé lives in Marseille, France.

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Italian ambient / electro-acousitic project, Music For No Movies releases the debut album

Ambient Electro acoustic project Music For No Movies

Federico Fantuz is an Italian modern music composer, who has just released his debut album on Fluttery Records. Music For No Movies is Fantuz’s electro-acoustic / ambient tunes where he creates a warm cinematic atmosphere by his guitar strings and ambient pads.

Violent Zen is his 11 piece debut. As a music journalist points out “Not only does Music For No Movies turn the very idea of sountrack inside-out – it also succeeds in creating experimental yet intriguing and deeply fascinating soundscapes. Very well done indeed.”

Fluttery Records defines the album like this: “Music For No Movies is a reverse project composed of “orphan” tracks and conceived as soundtracks in search of their cinematic motherhood.The different tracks aim at ecstatic, evocative and dilated atmospheres. More precisely they are cozy and rarefied melodies, distant and unsettling sounds, odd times and grotesque echoes. The core of all the arrangements is the search of an intensity and a sense of suspension that resembles somehow the suspended feeling one has watching a movie.”

The album is recommended if you like Brian Eno, Ralph Towner, Dead Can Dance, Steve Tibbetts, Arvo Pärt , Ennio Morricone, Ry Cooder, Sigur Rós, Yann Tiersen, Labradford, Mark Templeton, North Sea, Xela.

Debut Album of Music For No Movies

The album has already received very good reviews. Here are some of them:

ROLLING STONE:
“Waterquake” is an exhilarating and haunting track suitable for a great dramatic picture whereas the opener “Air Games” operates in the area of a crepuscular and gently melancholy. Other outstanding songs are the irresistible “Earth Job”, adorned with unconventional sounds like chair creaks and coins falls, perfect for a mystery picture, “Wind Wash”, particularly fitting for a positive final sequence in a sad drama that ends full of hope, and “Fire and Sky”, that only asks to be used in an historical movie, maybe in the Spain of the eighteenth century. The intriguing and obsessive “Arvo Moon” is instead suitable for a sequence in which is described the passage of time: in general the instruments’ assemblage is excellent and the arrangement very smooth in order to create a music in which you can pleasantly lose yourself.”

MUSIC REVIEWS:
“The summer is on its way, and with it comes some of the worst movies of the year. Therefore, if you enjoy high quality movies, the summer may not be the best time for you to venture out to the theater. However, with Violent Zen, you can make up your own movies, right there in your mind. The acting will be superb, while the ending will be satisfying because it’s your film. Just imagine the possibilities.”

The album is available on major music download stores like Itunes, Bandcamp, AmazonMP3. The album can be steamed and purchased on the Fluttery Records website.

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A Journey Down The Well releases a new EP called “How Little Can Be The Orchestra”

A Journey Down The Well, the band known for creating extraordinary classical music pieces, has released a new EP; “How Little Can Be The Orchestra”

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A Journey Down The Well has just released a new four song EP revealing their impulsive, unusual, minimalist approach to classical music . This is their first entirely instrumental release, as well as the first release of A Journey Down The Well as a duo. The EP is released by post-rockambientmodern classical based label, Fluttery Records. It can also be streamed free and purchased on the label website. http://flutteryrecords.com/flttry025.html

A Journey Down The Well was founded in 2006 by musicians from Turkey (Taner) and Sweden (Anna and Martin). In 2010, after releasing two albums (The Funeral Album – 2007 and Sorry Monsters, I Have To Grow – 2009) the Swedish wing left the band citing the difficulty in traveling between the two countries. Taner Torun (the only founding member remaining in the band as well as the owner of Fluttery Records) has moved the project to his hometown and partnered with Ipek Zeynep Kadioglu (cellist, Mimar Sinan Conservatory & Manchester University School of Music and Drama graduate).

The new compositions contains rich string pieces (“How”), beautiful piano-violin-cello arrangements (“Little”), ambient structures created through delay manipulations (“Can Be”) and processed cellos made to sound like a ship’s foghorn (end of “The Orchestra”).

Taner Torun says “The EP is called How Little Can Be The Orchestra and we have reasons for this. First of all, we recorded it just two people and it explains about minimalist nature of our music. Also, there is still sadness but also a gleam of hope. All four songs are about how little things have importance and make people happy with their existence like birds, kittens, children and toy instruments.”

How Little Can Be Orchestra also contains various field recordings alongside the music. Cars pass by on the street and a little girl yells at them from the window (02), fans celebrate their victory (03), newborn kittens sing along with other animals and it becomes a choir (04). Torun says “They are not spices to make the compositions colorful. They are the core elements of the compositions just like piano, violin and cello.”

The album is highly recommended if you like modern classical music, ambientPeter Broderick, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Biosphere, GoldmundOlafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm, Anne Muller, Silver Mt. ZionHelios, Alva Noto, Brian EnoMax Richter, Balmorhea, Sigur Ros, Rafael Anton Irisarri, Vivaldi, BachPhilip Glass and John Cage.

Fluttery Records is an independent record label focusing on Post-rockAmbientExperimentalElectronicModern Classical music. All label releases can be streamed free on the label website. The album is available on major music download stores like Itunes, Bandcamp and AmazonMP3. The CD can be purchased from the Fluttery Records website.

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