Kovlo’s music moves between romance and anger, hope and despair, creating a melancholic and anxious soundtrack for the contemporary, the past and the future world crisis. The band released their latest album “Timelapse” this year on Fluttery Records.
We often receive emails from young people who want to start their own music label. Looking back, Fluttery Records is eight years old label and things have changed since we started. Our ideas and vision have inspired many labels which came after us. They modified themselves in many ways from how they sign new artists to how they communicate with their followers, friends and fans.
To start and run a music label became much easier. Running your own music label still takes your time and it might not be a good life choice if you are not financially and mentally prepared. But what I want to talk about is the positive side of it. If you have time to spare, some money to invest in good people and good music and if you are open to learn new things it might be a good choice.
How technology made it easier? First, it became easy to digitally distribute your releases. It has revolutionized the way people listen to music but still there was a big gap.
How are you going to get your word to your fans? How are you going to get your physical releases delivered to your fans worldwide? This is where Artglider takes over.
We recommend Artglider to anyone who has a label or is thinking to start one as well as people who makes music. And here is why.
– It is easy to create physical products with Artglider. You just log in and create your albums with ease. You upload your artworks and music and there you have your albums on CD.
– It is easy to ship your CDs with Artglider. We don’t go to post offices any more. We log in to Artglider and type the shipping address. They do all the shipping for us.
– It is easy to keep in touch with your fans with Artglider. You can easily import your contacts and emails and send newsletters to your fans. This way you can grow your fan base.
– You don’t have to pay a fortune for web hosting. Their web hosting services for musicians and labels are amazing and affordable at the same time. Also you get your domain names from them (like yoursite.com)
– You don’t have to pay a fortune for mastering. We haven’t used their mastering service for our label yet but we hear good things from the people who are using it.
These are the reasons we recommend Artglider.
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Secoya is an ambient / experimental project of George Robinson, a producer from Bristol, UK. He started his musical journey by playing piano at early age. As he grew older, he discovered different types of music and different methods to create them. His music is often lo-fi and reflects a mixture of the surroundings of the countryside, where he lives and the darkness of the city, where he also spends much of his time. This combination of ambient, experimental, lo-fi and classical aims to capture and evoke certain emotions.
There are commonly extensive dynamic changes in his music. These contrasting atmospheres develop his nostalgic and melodic brand of ambient music.
Listening to Secoya is like a gate opens to past but not just his. Get ready go through old movies, amusement parks, dusty things in the attic.
The World is Yours is the second album by the British composer / musician George Robinson, also known as Secoya, following his 2015 release, Ghosts. Since he wrote the music that became Ghosts, he has created a lot of music and feels that this practice has enabled a greater musical competency and understanding of composition.
The album differ from his previous album in that it is greatly influenced by classical music, putting strings and choirs at the forefront. Robinson has maintained his ability to write relatively cozy and sincere songs but has also allowed himself to add greater complexity. He feels strings and similar acoustic instruments are underused in synthesizer dominated ambient music, and that there was space to create acoustic based ambient music.
The songs convey a wide range of emotions from despairing sadness to joyous euphoria, continuing Robinson’s tendency to add emotion to his music.
Summer Effect is a post-rock band from Indonesia which was formed in early 2012. Ibo (drums, keys) is the founder. At the end of 2011, he met Aroel (guitar, keys), and since then they have been playing as an instrumental band which blends shoegaze, ambient and post-rock.
The band started as a wish to create new atmosphere; reflecting their tastes in music and other forms of art. They create their compositions with simple chord progression bars, wrapped with a pounding drum beats, harmonized guitar tones, a bit of distortion. Then the songs get slowly begin to evolve to shoegaze, ambient and post-rock to produce certain vibrations of atmosphere.
Afterlife is the third album from Summer Effect which contains 10 instrumental post-rock, progressive songs. In this album they tried to play tones with fractional composition of different time signatures. Simple and unexpected chord progression to produce a unique dynamic, stomping, dark vibe, like what is being experienced on the track Envoy, Clouded Minds or Don’t Let Me Disappear. They are assisted by a musician named “Erdi David”; (Dwaninungka), which fills the bass on the song Beating Heart & Everything Seems Different. Also, the drums sounds warmer than their previous albums.
Summer Effect comes with their third record, inviting people who likes shoegaze, ambient and post-rock to produce certain vibrations of atmosphere to listen “After Life”.
While the weather is getting hotter in May, we come with a breathtaking ambient & electro acoustic record. We never release any album we don’t really like for any reason, all the albums in our catalogue are the albums we think they are the albums which must be in our personal music archive as well. Okada label debut is even beyond that, it has already become one of our favourites of ambient & electroacoustic genres.
Okada is a project by Greg Pappas from Alabama, US. Initially known to the music world as ZXYZXY, Greg used it as a vehicle for experimentation and refinement of his writing technique while dabbling in electroacoustic, ambient, postrock and even wonky genres. It wasn’t until the Summer of 2014 that he felt his music clicked into place seemingly outofnowhere under Okada.
This time around the only constant in the creative process was that there was no focus on any one way to bring out the music. No guides. No genre sign posts. Just as long as the road to the final product was a visceral experience.
Okada (album) is darkly cinematic, but it’s never bleak or depressing. In fact, the bubbly female vocals haunt the music, lifting it up with caring hands out of the dark mire and into a subdued electronic coloring that sits easily with the listener. It’s a bruise that discolors the music’s original pale skin, her original pale genre, and the vanilla blooms into a new, shady gem right in front of our eyes. The low, dull sound of classical instrumentation has been brushed aside like a September cobweb, cleaned of its original timbre. An ambient layer peels itself away, and later a hushed electronic beat shuffles itself and the music forward, proving that electronic rhythms can indeed be subtle, caring and sophisticated.
Conflicting emotions cycle through the music. It can lead to serenity but it can also bring a flood of intense love. It’s gentle, fragile, the cycling beat and the melancholic black and white notes flowing naturally, freely. It’s graceful music that lives and breathes a seemingly simple life in the face of musical complexity. There are a lot of layers underneath its surface; a slowly shifting labyrinth of sound that continually takes you by surprise.
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Iván Muela is a young multi-instrumentalist, composer and engineer based in London. His music relies heavily on warm sounding pianos, strings and abstract surreal sounds, ultimately resulting in a sway of beautiful melodies and fascinating textures. Perhaps influenced by being immersed in the lo-fi/punk scene, Iván brings this attitude to his music. Placing special emphasis in capturing the moment, his compositions are splattered with improvisation and chance. Iván is fascinated by the way technology can become an essential part of the compositional process, therefore pushing the rigid boundaries that for so long have characterised classical music.
The sonic world created by the young composer in “Unsound” is a swirl of emotions. The melodies and textures captured in its 11 tracks bring the listener into a different dimension in which feelings like desolation and hope walk hand by hand. This time Iván’s exploratory spirit took him to traverse new musical territories, blending classical-sounding passages with modern electronic elements. Unsound, Ivan’s most ambitious work to date, features several upright and grand pianos, modular synthesisers, guitars, bass, upright bass and even a 9-piece string ensemble recorded in a church.
While not being necessarily a conceptual album, Unsound is heavily inspired by the composer’s everyday life. Some tracks are little snippets of his thoughts, reflections of personal events and some sound passages are reflecions of life in a big metropolis. “Trying to find beauty in a hectic city like London is sometimes tough. Hope, worries, calm, bliss, elation, feeling like exploding inside… There are a lot of emotions put into this music but what each person makes out of them… that is very personal”.
Blending the diverse styles of instrumental music, Fragile Balance treads diverse artistic terrain to create a cohesive sound marked by both its meditational and passionate aspects. Formed in 2010 in by El Paso natives Nico Antuna Cooper and Cruz Barajas Lujan, the duo combines disparate genres to style their music on both steel-string and Spanish guitar.
In many ways the spiritual successors of Windham Hill new age artists like Will Ackerman, Fragile Balance fuses this relaxing and introspective sound with the techniques of modern fingerstyle players like Andy McKee and Sergio Altamura. At the same time, the band draws equal inspiration from the dynamics and emotion of fellow regional West Texas post-rock bands like Explosions in the Sky and Balmorhea. It is in the unique manner in which these styles compliment and diverge from each other that gives Fragile Balance their unique sound. The final output is a sound at home as much in reflective self-meditation as it is in a lively gathering.
Expressing honest emotions through music has always been part of Fragile Balance’s mantra, but it is on their latest record, Candlelight Sessions, that this vision has truly become a reality. Recorded live in an empty art gallery in El Paso, Texas surrounded by hundreds of candles, the ambiance of the recording location reflects the ambience of the music. The pieces tread the ground between meditative atmosphere and passionate leads, while maintaining an air of sophistication and balance, beginning with the fingerstyle-meets-post-rock crescendo of “Let Me Go” and culminating with a classical guitar arrangement of Italian pianist Ludovico Einaudi’s “I Giorni”.
Code I’s soundscapes, intertwining harmonies and gentle guitar melodies take you on a journey through sound. They let your mind wander to new platitudes and bask in the audible sunshine, only to be interrupted by the eviscerating blows of desperate guitars and drums, transporting you to new worlds, a complete contrast to the ones you left behind. Code I’s innovative post rock – which forces you from one extreme to the other – connects hints of metal, hardcore and heavy rock, complete with intermingling segues of ambient and even orchestral. Code I has entered the post rock world, and kicked into its teeth a new, edgy niche, one which may be young but has the strength of all that came before, and adds to the genre a vitally fresh aesthetic of depth and introspection.
Code I has always combined elegant ambient sequences within his work; creating beautiful soundscapes and cerebral melodies that are only halted by the barrage of his rock and metal roots. ‘A Deep Red‘, is no exception.
Within this record, Code I’s home grown metal and rock roots flourish, these are most noticeable on the tracks ‘Broken Down’ and ‘Mesmerize’. This is not to say that Code I’s dark tonal elements have been made redundant, not at all. ‘A Deep Red’ takes you on a journey of slow burning guitar melodies, delicate sonic trade-offs and hard hitting guitars make this album an expedition of emotional and heart soothing proportions.
Born in late 2012 in Milan, Italy, Collapse.Rebuild. is a divertissement for two guitarists, Stefano and Simone. Their very first sessions were just fun, but they realised the early material was pretty good and before they even thought about it they started looking for the rest of the band. The search was not long and the first target was Paul, the bassist, who used to play (and still plays) in an “amazing indie band”. However, it was a bit more complicated with the drummer.
After several try-outs, They were lucky enough to meet a guy blessed with musical taste and a weird italian accent. That guy was Peppe. With all the pieces in position, they looked for a name. Peppe explains the name’s origin: “we took it from a tattoo on Stefano’s right arm: a crumbled wall with a sun rising behind. On the wall it is written COLLAPSE on one side and REBUILD on the other, a reminder that no matter what happened, you’re going to get through it.”
They’ve been touring Italy lately and finally recorded their debut album “Fail Again, Fail Better” to be released on Fluttery Records in July, 2015.
The title of their debut album comes from a quote by well-known Samuel Beckett:” Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better” and seems to perfectly embrace the philosophy of their music – and lives as well. Far from being interested in where their travels might take them, these guys seem to mostly enjoy the itinerary.
The group says that every song is actually a photograph, the sum of their emotions in that specific moment in time and space. As a result, in their music you can find post-rock as well as jazz and punk. There’s pretty much positive energy flowing, and liberty as well. “Just press play and let it go along by your own emotions and thoughts.”