Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Sleeping Bear - Sleeping Bear (2014)

Sleeping Bear - Sleeping Bear (2014)

Genre: Post-Rock
Format: mp3 | CBR320kbps
Country: Ukraine
Size: 115 Mb

01. The Rise
02. Echelon
03. All That You Love Will Be Carried Away
04. Gleba
05. Over the Starlit Horizon
06. Counterfeit of Dreams
07. The Age of Man
08. The Fall

Description: This is a debut self-titled album by Ukrainian post-rock band Sleeping Bear. Recorded over the period of 2013-2014.

Sleeping Bear is:

Oleksiy - guitar, keys
Evgeniy - guitar, keys
Vasyl - bass, keys
Mykhailo - drums, percussion 

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Model Kit - Lights/Bay

A Model Kit - Lights/Bay

Genre: Ambient/Modern Classical/Electronic
Format: mp3 | CBR320kbps
Country: Russian Federation
Size: 20 Mb
Label: Hidden Vibes

01. Lights/Bay
02. Lament

Description: A single from an upcoming album "Invention of Love" by A Model Kit on Hidden Vibes. 

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Equal Stones - "Transgression"

Equal Stones - "Transgression"

Genre: Ambient/Drone
Format: mp3 | CBR320kbps
Country: The Netherlands
Size: 98 Mb
Label: Hidden Vibes

01. Set Free
02. We All Fall
03. Reject All You Have Learned
04. Death At Both Ends

Description: "Transgression" is a third release on Hidden Vibes by Amandus Schaap, an ambient producer from the Netherlands also active on the Myosotis project.

When Amandus put together the setlist to this release he had a lot of tracks already finished, laying about. He decided to go with a drone theme this time around. The tracks on Transgression are mainly built up from multilayered synths accompinied with a lot of microsounds, statics, vinyl sampling, scrapes and minimal guitar textures, alot of these slightly hidden in the high register. There are some vocal patterns holding the melody in place, but most of the experience is built upon textures.

The idea for the title of the third track, Reject All You Have Learned, comes from a quote of one of musician's favorite philisophers Emil M. Cioran. "Chaos is rejecting all you have learned, chaos is being yourself." This track is a lenghty experiment in which Amandus tries to give form to the chaos he experiences in life.

This album really shines when you take off your headphones and listen to the tracks on a well equipped stereo setup.

The vinyl version of "Transgression" comes on virgin 180 grams vinyl, and comes in a gatefold sleeve with beautiful artwork designed and produced by Tessel Dekker.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Endless Melancholy - Rêverie | Broken

Endless Melancholy - Rêverie | Broken

Genre: Ambient/Modern Classical
Format: mp3 | CBR320kbps
Country: Ukraine
Size: 28 Mb

01. Rêverie
02. Broken

Description: "Rêverie" is a track originally composed for "We Need a Voice" various artists compilation by AZH Music Label. To check it out follow the link - azhmusic.bandcamp.com/album/we-need-a-voice
Composed and recorded in August 2013.

"Broken" is a track originally composed for "An Introduction to Soft" various artists compilation by Soft Label. To check it out follow the link -
Composed and recorded in January 2014.
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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Invisible Elephant - Sleepwalking

Invisible Elephant - Sleepwalking

Genre: Shoegaze/Slowcore/Dream Pop
Format: mp3 | CBR320kbps
Country: United Kingdom
Size: 120 Mb

01. Drift  
02. From the Bottom Of a Well (with Maryliz Guillemi)
03. Slow Wave 
04. Fugue State  
05. Never There 
06. Two Moons (with Maryliz Guillemi)

Musician about this album: "it's been a while since the the last album, longer than i was hoping for. i thought about recording this album but thinking was pretty much all I was getting up to until i got an email last year asking if i would be interested in submitting a song for a compilation.

that turned out to be the spark/motivation/kick up the arse (cheers euan!) i needed because after i recorded that one song i couldn't stop and the whole thing was done pretty quickly.

the first album (the lights go out) was an unexpected but interesting spooky creative trip, the second (anomie or swimming in a black sea) was the heartbreak album and this one is back the more spontaneous feel of the first. a 40 minute trip around what was happening in my brain around that time.

i did have a concept for the album once i'd inadvertently ended up starting it. i wanted to record something was an album length sleep cycle. around the time of the recording i was having a strange time sleeping. i'd eventually drift off (i think) but i wasn't sure if i'd gone to sleep or not. i'd hallucinate and see spiders dangling over the bed and ants crawling over me and then wake up, do my normal just-woken-up things and then wake up for real. if not spiders and ants it would be drowning, being dragged under the waves and unable to pull myself up. it wasn't actually sleepwalking as far as i can remember but it was a strange time and that all filtered through to make the record.

i wanted the record to start with clarity (i'm awake) then slowly drift off into a peaceful sleep before disturbance and nightmare visions in the middle and then wake up again refreshed at the end (two moons).

one area of continuity is the haruki murakami references. people have emailed and mentioned them before and there are two songs in particular which are probably obvious to anyone who is interested by the titles. the other consistent thing is the environmental recording of children playing the same recording has been used in all of the albums.

as may be apparent, i've decided to be a bit more open an communicative starting with this album (there are also notes on the individual tracks if you click on them). i don't want to share too much but i realise from things i like and also from some emails i've had that some people are interested in knowing more and that it can add something to the music if there's a bit of context so although it's against my nature i'l do my best from here on in.

one final thing i should address is the thanks on the cassette sleeve. i forgot angie without whom none of this would have happened. i know i haven't exactly changed the world but releasing these records has been important to me and without angie's initial encouragement and help i never would have done more than the lights go out and no more than about 5 people would have heard my music so a huge thank you and apology.


(invisible elephant)


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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Blurry Lights - A Romantic Dream

Blurry Lights - A Romantic Dream

Genre: Post-Rock/Ambient/Instrumental
Format: mp3 | CBR320kbps
Country: Russian Federation
Size: 96 Mb

01. Coming Home - An Introduction
02. We All Die But Not Tonight
03. In The Light Of Stars
04. Fresh Air
05. A Dreamy Night (Interlude)
06. Our Destiny
07. A Romantic Dream
08. If Only I Could See Your Smile
09. Our Last Dance
10. Orange Autumn

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Various Artists - We Need a Voice

Various Artists - We Need a Voice

Genre: Post-Rock/Ambient
Format: mp3 | CBR320kbps
Country: International
Label: AZH Music

01. unsigned char [UA] - Barricade
02. T E Morris  [UK]  - A Year In The Wilderness
03. Arms and Sleepers [USA] - Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye
04. nousinthis [UA] - point of no return
05. Blueneck [UK] - Sirens
06. Endless Melancholy [UA] - Rêverie
07. Lymbyc Systym [USA] - In Transit
08. IMMAGO [UA] – Nora
09. This Cold Normandy [UA] - Escape from the hospice
10. Lights Dim [PL] - Bats
11. Her Name is Calla [UK] - It Was Flood
12. EXXASENS [ESP] - Mass of Pluto 
13. AIMS [UA] - Eye Dea
14. Soouth [UA] - Dachau 
15. Way Station [UA] - The Noise Was Ended Now
16. Short Hair Ideals [UA] - Immersion
17. Stalker VA [UA] - Orion Nebula
18. Blackpaperplanes [BY] - Gaddafi
19. Goodbye Earth [UA] - Mama 
20. Sleeping Bear [UA] - Echelon
21. My Empty Phantom [USA] - Don't Chase the Owl
22. Light Dreams [UA] – Wind 
23. Delay FM [BY] - Air Calibration 
24. ekarasata [UA] - Till We Die 
25. Toundra [ESP] - Cielo Negro (Black Sky)

Description: Dear friends! As some of you might have heard, there's a sort of a revolution currently going on here in Ukraine. Movement that began with the peaceful students’ protests who were supporting Eurointegration in Ukraine (and were brutally dispersed on 30th of November 2013) turned into the national resistance called the Euromaidan. Since that time in Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities people are going out to the streets willing to change the situation in Ukraine, moving towards the Eurointegration, fighting corruption, getting rid of arbitrariness of the authorities and dysfunctional judicial system, trying to stop limiting the liberty of speech. However, the authorities responded to the citizens on 16th of January with new laws according which everyone who has taken part in the protests goes in prison. So new 2014 started with new blood and violence. Our country is on the verge of a civil war.

This compilation by Ukrainian label and promo agency AZH, featuring tracks by Blueneck, Her Name is Calla, Arms and Sleepers, Lights Dim, Sleeping Bear, Endless Melancholy and lots of other great artists is an action of solidarity with those, who are fighting for the justice and right to live in the civilized country. This is another way of fighting, indirect, using music as mediator to reach people all around the world, who are still not realizing importance of everything that is happening in Ukraine. Thousands of people need a support, we need a voice.

The money earned on this compilation will be sent to the organizations, which are helping victims of the protests and independent medias who keep doing their job despite intimidation.

Read more/Listen/Support here: http://promo.azh.com.ua/listen/we-need-a-voice
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