19 Apr 2014

Nomawkish flavoured journey back in time : Diamond Gloss

Gonçalo Pereira (born 1984. Lisbon, Portugal) is a multi-instrument player, post-rock and ambient electronica musician, producer. Pereira first started as a 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 influences travels among modern composers such as Arvo Pärt and Henryk Górecki, the ambient experiments of Brian Eno or his peers Autechre, Hammock, Sigur Rós, Helios and Múm. Composing music, he relies on help of pianos, microbeats, effectstreated guitars and musicboxes. His sound and melodies incorporate elements of modern classical, electronica, idm, ambient, and postrock music with live instrumentation. Listeners of ambient and modern classical artists like Jónsi and Alex, Hammock, Olafur Arnalds, Sigur Rós, Múm, Nils Frahm may find the atmosphere they are looking for.

Nomawkish is the second studio album from Portuguese ambient / modern classical project Diamond Gloss. Three years after debuting with “Bears”, Gonçalo Pereira returned to his studio to record new Diamond Gloss songs. The whole album was recorded in Lisbon and like on the first album, piano is the key instrument also on this recording. “Bears” and “Nomawkish” also differ in their moods, the former was more joyful and open, whereas the latter is more dark and introspective.

The recording of this album started with various loops recorded after “Bears” was released. The album was recorded entirely with piano and then layered with strings, dulcitone, choirs and ambient noises. Nomawkish offers a lo-fi feeling, almost like an old tape playing back on a walkman. This lo-fi production was an intentional choice for this album. Compared to Diamond Gloss’ previous work, this album is a logical step forward.

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04 Sep 2012

Monochromie Release The Debut Album : Angels and Demons

Monochromie’s debut album, Angels and Demons blends ambient, modern classical, post-rock and it is a constant round trip between a soothing breath and a sleepless noisy storm.

Monochromie is the musical project of Wilson Trouvé. Through the borders of ambient, noise and post-rock, these surfaces and textures slowly evolve towards an elsewhere, producing the resonance of a particular atmosphere: a dark or luminous landscape, aerial or earthly, a hot or cold light. Each song’s color is unique and draw bridges between classical and contemporary minimalism and baroque, using a piano, a metallophone, and some other acoustic instruments mixed with crystalline sounds, sparkling , squeaky or saturated.

Sigur Ros, Pan American, Explosion in the Sky, Mogwai, Godspeed You Black Emperor, Thee Silver Mt Zion, Brian Eno, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto or Frederic Chopin, Erik Satie and the sonatas or impromptus of Franz Schubert are among the many influences of the artist.

“Angels and Demons” is Monochromie’s debut album. Built from piano melodies, tinged with synthetic textures and industrial sounds, his music shines and darkens into one single movement. Along with 13 songs on the album, we travel between heaven and earth, light and gravity, among angels and demons which inhabit our worlds and Monochromie’s music.

In a constant round trip between a soothing breath and a noisy storm, Monochromie’s music plays with our deep emotions and produces the new colors in the palette already rich and contrasted of Fluttery Records artists.

The label founder Taner Torun says “Sometimes I work a lot and being sleepless is one of motivations in the life. I like making sleepless hours more disturbing with listening music which travels between peace and destruction. I mean the glitchy, little noisy patterns with joyful ambient which may have melodic structures. The Belong debut October Language was my favourite album for those moments. Since the day Wilson handed debut Monochromie, Angels and Demons, it became the new golden treasure of sleeplessness. That’s why I love the third track of the album, Erosion. It’s a sleepless song.”

Wilson Trouvé, the man behind Monochromie is also a talented modern artist who have made solo and group exhibitions and his works are featured in many art fairs and festivals. His biography can be found here. Trouvé lives in Marseille, France.

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