19 Sep 2014

Row Boat’s ambient wind of Romance

Row Boat
Fluttery Records start the autumn with Row Boat’s “Romance” which was the first release from Row Boat back in 2009. Now, Fluttery Records have decided to re­release the E.P which is regarded by many fans as a real glimpse into the ambient and experimental world.

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Row Boat is a post​­-rock / ambient solo project by Mark Wardale. Described as “an effort to depict the nature of Scandinavia in note form, the stunning results are lush, ethereal ambience created from a merging of organic strings, horns, bowed guitar work, drums and bass.

Row Boat has been active since 2009, in which 2 full length albums and 3 EP’s have transpired. The debut album ‘Ett’, received glowing reviews from music critics globally as well as a number of ‘Album Of The Year’ nominations. Mark then found his place under the wings of Fluttery Records where he released his second album In Between  which was a wash with breathtaking romantic, ambient songs.

Now, Fluttery Records has decided to celebrate the 5 active years of Row Boat, by re­releasing the first ever EP titled ‘Romance’. It seems very apt that after the second album hit the shelves, the first EP be showcased again. A beautifully constructed set of four songs which overflow with textures and unique sounds, strings, horns and xylophones, remind us of where it all began.

Again, Mark decided to work with ‘Daniela Patrizi’ on the re­workings of the art for ‘Romance’. After the perfect imagery for ‘In Between’ was established and due to the links between the similar genre’s of the releases, it was deemed imperative that the same working relationship continue after such success.

This E.P has everything packed into 4 songs. From the uplifting and feel good cinematic songs ‘Bella’ and title track ‘Romance’ which are packed full of vibrance, to the more obscure, experimental and thought­provoking ‘Ljudet’ and ‘Gjenfødt’. To not listen to this E.P, is to not experience the true relationship between ambience and art.

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05 Feb 2014

AL_X release “Shunt”

 AL_XLiverpool artist Al_X (Alex Dunford) returns with a new 22 track album, ‘Shunt’. A less ‘song’ oriented album that his debut release, but it sees him move into a more comfortable soundtrack based genre.

The album started life as a small 4 track EP, but over the last year, grew to a huge 70 minute soundtrack to Al_X’s dreams and nightmares. “I always have trouble sleeping, and when I do, I have very vivid dreams and nightmares, and they stay with me for a few days. The subject seems to be quite dark or deals with large spaces, so I can try and work with what I can remember, and attempt to put that into music with various instruments and textures”, Alex states. “It’s a concept album, I suppose, but a very close one at that”, he adds.

Recorded towards the end of 2012 and most of 2013, utilising large halls, field recordings, analogue equipment, AL_X has produced an album that would grace most soundtracks.

Starting with ambient textures, Al_X takes us on a journey through folk, electronica, ambient, new age, but to name a few, and then back to his signature folk / electronica, to end the album on a rather uplifting tilt, taking us through a lot of emotions along the way.

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20 Jan 2014

AL_X’s Shunt is available for pre-order

AL_X Shunt

Liverpool’s AL_X‘s upcoming album is an iron candy! It has it sweet moments where the ambient textures takes you to mountains of joy. But it has it has very big thorns goes under the flesh. This bitterness is best felt in the songs with vocals while Shunt is mainly an instrumental album. Electronic music, yes! But the term is not enough to describe the the albums’ gravity centre. From ambient to folk, or from new age to trip-hop you will discover the treasures of “Shunt”.

 

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