Jackson Pollock of ambient post-rock: Dan Caine

Dan Caine is ambient/post rock musician from Merseyside, England. A pioneer in the movement, Caine uses powerful, layered guitar melodies to create an atmosphere of an intense range of thought and emotion as he explores the depths of the human psyche. His music is a free-flow of subconscious urge and instinct; a deep dive into the unhindered world of the Id. Much like a fine wine, these meditative works expose more and more of their depth with each listen, and like a mood ring, they morph and change to reflect the state of the listener perceiving them. Caine’s music is also richly melodic and is layered with vibrant textures, created primarily from his collection of guitars, producing brooding atmospheres and serene sonic landscapes.

The Jackson Pollock of ambient post-rock, Caine is a master of breaking music down to its most basic elements, and arranging them in a work of abstract purity. This enables the listener to explore their own connections to the sound and engage with the piece less as a listener, and more as an observer of aural art. His music is broad and guiding, yet flexible and undemanding, allowing the observer a space with which to process their own humanity within it.

The sixth solo album from the prolific ambient/post rock guitarist, Dan Caine, Transitions is an exploration of progressive melodies and beautiful chords layered over down tempo, yet energizing beats. The sense of mounting joy and positivity in this introspective piece is subtle, but impossible to ignore. The album is a journey through one man’s emotional evolution, from one phase of life to another, and each of the seven tracks is a uniquely expressed facet of that process.

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Seasons with OP3 & Runes


‘AWSS’ (Autumn.Winter.Spring.Summer) is a collaboration between OP3 & Runes(Manchester, UK) that features vocals for the very first time.

Minimalistic piano themes, a beautifully haunting string quartet and some well structured electronics became the perfect basis for some deep, heartfelt and ethereal at times vocals by the amazing Runes.

With OP3 mainly focusing on composing the music, Runestook over the lyrics and made the tracks come to life by delicately using vocals, voices and poetry.

The concept of ‘AWSS’ takes the listener to a journey as the passing of the season occurs through a story of love, pain, loss and recovery. Five songs, one year, one story, many voices.

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Diamond Gloss comes with his third album “Primavera”

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Gonçalo Pereira (born 1984. Lisbon, Portugal) is a multi-instrument player, post-rock, ambient electronica musician and producer.

Pereira first started as the frontman of the post-rock band How Comes The Constellations Shine before establishing himself as a solo artist under the moniker of Diamond Gloss.

His sound and melodies incorporate elements of modern classical, electronica, idm, ambient, and post-rock music with live instrumentation. His musical identity was especially influenced and shaped by Autechre, Hammock, Sigur Rós, Helios and Múm.

Primavera is the third album by Diamond Gloss. The album differ from the previous releases. The sound is more organic, the piano is definitely the main instrument. Primavera is the logical step forward from 2014’s Nomawkish, details and string arrangements were carefully written and recorded. For the first time in a Diamond Gloss album, a second musician appears on this new release. A long time friend of Gonçalo Pereira, the violinist player Maria do Mar, accepted the invitation and helped Pereira on strings arrangements. The photography and artwork design has been made by his long time collaborator, Paulo Romão Brás.

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Exclusive double-reissue from Bosques de mi Mente

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Spanish modern classical artist release two re-isues on Fluttery Records: Sobre el Olvido and Es Una Nube, No Hay Duda

Bosques de mi Mente is a solo project of Ignacio Nieto Carvajal, who is based in Madrid, Spain.

The whole project started in 2007 when he decided to create music on his own to reflect some restlessness and feelings that were in his mind. The idea behind Ignacio’s first records was to remember and capture his childhood, a happier epoch of his life. He approached composing frantically, spontaneously and it was clear to him from the very beginning that the Bosques de mi Mente would be an open musical project.

Now, Bosques De Mi Mente comes with a reissue of two of his creations, “Sobre El Olvido” and “Es Una Nube, No Hay Duda” for Fluttery Records.

“Sobre el Olvido” (About the oblivion) is the ninth album of Bosques de mi Mente from Spain, and the OST for a theatre play called “Allí”, by Producciones Bernardas, to be premiered in Madrid the 4th of July, 2013. “Sobre el Olvido”, like “Toy Trains”, uses trains as a metaphoric framework from which the album concept develops but, unlike it, the theme is not the childhood and innocence from a melancholic point of view, but a more mature vision on solitude, oblivion and abandon on modern society. “Sobre el olvido” tries to raise an open question on how we see the world today, and how the world as influenced the way we see it.

“Es Una Nube, No Hay Duda” represents an expansion of Bosques de mi Mente’s sound. Exploring new textures, closer to post-rock and ambient, and with a more guitar-oriented, multi-layered sound, Bosques de mi Mente offers a new dimension to his beautiful compositions. Running at just 21 minutes, “Es Una Nube, No Hay Duda” is a short but immersing experience that leaves the listening earning for more. It’s melodies are among the most beautiful ever composed by the artist.

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Secoya says “World is Yours”

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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.

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Okada’s darkly cinematic debut album

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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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Inner Trip’s Moments of No Time

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Inner Trip is a project from Iran created and represented by Saman N (born in 1984, graphic artist and musician).

Saman’s third album “Moments of No Time” is a next step on a journey which began with his debut album “Somewhere Near the Pulse”, released by Fluttery Records a few years ago.

This album contains seven tracks with seven different atmospheres but under the same genre of electronic music and mostly with down tempo cinematic elements. The title of each song is related to the particular scene Saman had in his mind during his musical journey while recording the tracks.

One thing that Saman N tries to achieve with his music is to create imaginary images for audience. That’s why his music floats over different genres from Soundtrack to Trip Hop. He believes making music is like painting. You might choose just one or two colours for your entire canvass or you may decide to use all the colours in your palette for just one scene.

The most important thing is what art looks like at the end and the way it exposes your inner word. Individuality could be the identity of any type of art. With “Moments of No Time”, Saman did once again follow his inner voices to depict a new scene raised of the individuality of the artist.

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New modern classicals by Bosques De Mi Mente

frontinsertBosques de mi Mente is a solo project of Ignacio Nieto Carvajal, who is based in Madrid, Spain.

The whole project started in 2007 when he decided to create music on his own to reflect some restlessness and feelings that were in his mind. The idea behind Ignacio’s first records was to remember and capture his childhood, a happier epoch of his life. He approached composing frantically, spontaneously and it was clear to him from the very beginning that the Bosques de mi Mente would be an open musical project.

One day in 2009, during a happier period of his life, he started a conceptual work about “The Little Prince”. The idea was to connect with the emotion of every chapter and write a song about it, while giving the work a full cohesion as a conceptual unit. The result of all this process is “Inocencia”.

Some months later, during a harsh winter in Madrid, spontaneously, “Nueve Días de Invierno” was born. Ignacio’s piano was to be tuned, and althought that’s a perfect ocassion to record new piano songs in perfect tune, he had no new stuff for piano, so he decided to record, during 9 days of winter, as an improvised performance, the music as it was played or created, and he spent those days alone recording in his home studio. Those were days of heavy rain, cold weather, snow and wind, and so… “Nueve días de invierno” was born.

“Nueve Días de Invierno” was a very fulfilling experience that showed him the beauty of the improvised, solo piano sounds, so he decided to repeat and magnify this experience for his next work, “Otoño”.

Since the days of “Inocencia”, Ignacio had been thinking about doing a different album, based on his passion for toy instruments, malfunctioning electronics, circuit bending and vocal harmonies. He also began experimenting with harmonies and reversed vocals. These two new ways of experimenting with sound resulted in “Colores”, a different album with a positive feeling.

Some time later, the 20th of April of 2011, the night before he was travelling to Berlin, there was a terrible storm in Madrid. Ignacio decided to set some ambient mics pointing to the storm and another two mics recording the piano, and started playing. He left his mind wander through the piano notes for three quarters of an hour and then closed the lid of the piano, pressed the STOP button and started to prepare my luggage. When he came back from Berlin, he played the recording again and was so impressed by what he heard that he decided to share it. The result is “20 de Abril” (April the 20th), the most minimalist album of Bosques de mi Mente to date.

Since “20 de Abril”, Ignacio worked on many projects but the one that will interest us today is his last work. The last Bosques de mi Mente’s album, released this year, was the first to be released publicly under a record label, Fluttery Records. It’s name is “…de los Valles y las Montañas”.

“… de los Valles y las Montañas” is a critical reflection on the duality of our existence on earth, of hate and love, of technology and wilderness, of civilization and brutality, of noise and silence. We live in world of skyscraper filled cities and vast, empty wilderness. There is a fragile balance there, so fragile it seems like on the edge of scattering into pieces. It’s sad and beautiful at the same time.

This duality is present in “… de los valles y las montañas”, gentle piano lines and violin melodies confront the screaming noise of street preachers and the background noises, almost trying to cast some light in the dar scenery. The music here does not try to make any judgments, it just tries to allow the listener a moment of peace to think about it.

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