The dramatic final chapter of the award-winning three-album collaboration from David Helpling and Jon Jenkins, FOUND follows the path set by the duo’s previous genre-defying releases, TREASURE and THE CROSSING. Blending cinematic electronics with rock power and spacemusic sensibilities, Helpling & Jenkins complete their trilogy on a grand scale, with deep emotion and unmistakeable style. Filled with powerful rushes of adrenaline, beauty, loss and triumph, FOUND is an album for the ages.
Little Things, the seventh Darshan Ambient release on the Spotted Peccary/Lotuspike label, delves deep into the details that slip through the cracks of everyday life, as veteran composer Michael Allison delivers twelve tracks filled with mystery and wonder, shadows and twilight. Masterfully crafted ambient synth textures, guitar loops and effortless rhythmic grooves lay the foundation for this ethereal album of elegant dreamscapes.
Shane Morris & Mystified are back with Emergence, the stunning second installment to their primordial three-part “Inspired Evolution” soundscape project. This natural sequel to Epoch, their lush first release, continues the artist’s bold effort to create a sonic environment that evokes prehistoric places and atmospheres, this time focused on the age when mammals arose and began to flourish on planet Earth. The sound of Emergence is vital yet primal; ambient atmospheric yet powerfully evocative. Broad, sweeping acoustic and electronic tones are punctuated with treated percussive sounds such as wooden sticks, shakers and gongs. Each track an opening into the distant past, Emergence presents a vigorous and powerful sonic portrayal of prehistoric Earth.
Unnamed Lands CD – advanced copies now available
Bert Lams (founding and current member of the legendary California Guitar Trio) has joined forces with Tom Griesgraber (Chapman Stick virtuoso) to create a wonderful new album. Organic and instrumental, the project tells the tale of a mid 19th century wagon train as it journeys westward toward the Pacific.
The official release of this album won’t be until spring 2013, but Tom & Bert have made a limited number of advance copies available now, and we have some in stock and ready to ship!
“For over four years, guitarist Bert Lams and myself have been working to bring you this album and it has changed over time into something unlike anything either of us has ever done before. Fourteen original instrumental tracks work together as a whole to tell the story of a group of wagon train pioneers heading west circa 1840. A lavish 12-page booklet features original stories presented as “diary entries,” along with fantastic original artwork to further immerse the listener in the experience. It’s just Chapman Stick and guitar throughout, but along the way I’d like to think we’ve come up with something quite new stylistically. I somewhat jokingly refer to it as “Progressive Americana,” as things like odd meters, and adventurous sounds live alongside more folk-like melodies and clean sounds.”
– Tom Griesgraber
Imagine traveling through a solitary and vast expanse; a distant sojourn into the farthest reaches of space, searching for another planet to eventually inhabit. That is the sound and story of When The Earth Is Far Away, the third collaboration from synthesist Craig Padilla and flute master Zero Ohms. Hailing from opposite sides of a continent, the two veteran musicians have crafted a dreamlike tapestry of organic space music, showcasing a skillfully executed amalgamation of analog and digital synths, various wind instruments, field recordings and subtle electronics, that seems to suspend the perception of time.
Picking up where 2011’s Dream In Blue left off, Falling Light finds Darshan Ambient moving more towards an almost ambient Americana sound this time around. The deliberate use of lap steel and slide guitars blended with synth textures that seem to stretch to the horizon, brings to mind visions of wide open spaces, big skies and endless possibilities. The trademark hypnotic and heartfelt style that has come to define all Darshan Ambient releases is definitely evident in the skillful use of multi-layered percussion, synth textures, bass, and guitar grooves, and Michael Allison’s unmistakeable compositional style is in top form, delivering thoughtful melodic phrases and themes with a familiar atmosphere.
Ancient and modern come together on I Am Here, as veteran musician/ composer Paul Ellis creates an electronic music portrait inspired by the mysterious rock carvings of the Chinook Tribe of Native Americans who lived in the Columbia River Gorge 15,000 years ago.
The three long form compositions on the album, two in the 20 minute range, and one almost 30 minutes in length, have a spellbinding quality that is constantly evolving, and draws favorable comparison to the electronic music artistry of Tangerine Dream, Ash Ra, Craig Padilla, Patrick O’Hearn, and Jean Michel Jarre.
Some of the most original, intriguing, and experimental electronica being produced today can be found in the music of the UK-based duo Northcore. Desatero is Northcore’s premiere release on Spotted Peccary’s O3E imprint. This compelling collection of exquisitely recorded sound paintings combines electronic ambient, ethno-inspired, acoustic, and sometimes upbeat sources into a mystical and intriguing whole that should appeal to fans of Biosphere, Bat for Lashes, Pete Namlook, Peter Gabriel, and Air. Listen & more info…
We just received a small stack of this oldie-but-goodie! Twilight from Rudy Adrian…