14 Sep 2018

A cruise between two different worlds: “Blend” by Runar Blesvik

 

Runar Blesvik is a modern classical music composer, producer and pianist based in Oslo, Norway. He has composed for several short films and projects, thereof mainly orchestral music. Lately, he has widened his field to include intimate modern classical piano music mixed with electronic tones.

Cinematic and evocative music is Runar Blesvik’s forte. At an early age, he felt at home in front of the piano, and has since found his voice in composing. Inspired by the stunning nature of Western Norway where he grew up, his music echoes beautiful and dramatic landscapes, as well as different states of mind. Spectral piano chords and wistful melodies contrasted with rigorous electronic soundscapes will guide you through a deeply affecting and diverse experience. Runar produces, records and mixes all the music he releases.

 

Runar Blesvik’s debut album is a blend between different soundscapes – from emotional, fluid piano pieces to dark, enigmatic electronic music. Combining haunting melodies with layered harmonies, the organic with the synthetic has made the music contrasted and unpredictable. Exploring both the classical and pure as well as the synthesised and abnormal, this music will take your on a cruise between two different worlds.

Inspired by some of today’s and yesteryears’ leading composers in modern classical and electronic music, Runar Blesvik has paid homage to different styles while making his compositions truly unique. “1976” is a callback to Jean-Michel Jarre’s heyday, while “Flow” explores the layered piano sounds of Nils Frahm.

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07 Apr 2018

OP3’s experiments on post-rock & modern classical music: Lumina

 

 

 

Lumina is the third official release of OP3 and as Dimitris Mitropapas states, “The most expressive and vivid elements of our music so far, in display!”, a EP where modern classical and post-rock flirts.

The 3-track EP capitalizes the theme of “darkness” and “light” as a metaphor for our lives. Everyone has their moments of light and on the contrary, we all do serve a great time in darkness, especially on those days when nothing seems to get off the ground. The album’s main task is to resonate with the listener in ways that make one feeling grateful to be alive and experience the ups and downs of the human nature. It’s the only way to feel alive after all. Regarding the sound elements of this release, the piano and the string quartet now has a more haunting vibe than ever as well as the electronics are sounding even more alive and being much more original both sonically and progressively.

“Lumina” is being used as a passage to make way for the next full album of OP3, titled “SmyrnAe”. In a way, it prepares the listener for what is to come in the new album since on “Lumina”, OP3 introduces new sounds and instruments resonating more with the folk and jazz elements that the new album will have in abundance.

Three tracks “Out of Darkness”, “Into the Light” and “Lumina” have been chosen to synthesize and exhibit the theme of this constant circle of our lives in an attempt to heal, motivate and breathe life into getting the best out of our human nature.

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20 Mar 2018

Pre-orders started for spring 2018 releases

Sleeping Horses, Monochromie, Deer Park Ranger, OP3, Dan Caine releases are coming pretty soon!

Spring has come and as everything comes back to life after long winter months, Fluttery Records is bringing 5 new releases and we would like to tell you something more about them in this short overview. Here are all the most important details and links.

 

SLEEPING HORSES – Water For Air 
Release Date: 23 March 2018

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Hailing from the east coast, Sleeping Horses’ James Randolph Fouty currently records and resides in Portland, Oregon where he records his breathtaking post-rock / ambient tracks. Take every sunset you can never forget, every moonlit walk with the heart of a young lover, every time you knew you were in the middle of what would become the most memorable moments of your life, and you might come close to Water for Air. With its lush string arrangements and analogue ambient textures, Water for Air is a collection from a songwriter in his prime.

 

MONOCHROMIE – Stained Glass
Release Date: 30 March 2018

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Wilson Trouvé, a French composer living in Belgium, has been composing and releasing a huge amount of music since 2012. Stained Glass talks about purity, serenity and sometimes storms as well. Life is made of changes, breaks, new starts, periods of noise or silence. Stained Glass tries to capture those moving moments, often ephemeral and beautiful, peaceful or even disturbing, colorful or dark, at night or during a sunny day. Those inspirational and emotional pictures of life always emerge from Monochromie’s music.

 

DEER PARK RANGER – Bottom of the Ocean
Release Date: 04 April 2018

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Bottom Of The Ocean is the first full length release from Trevor Humphrey’s post-rock/ambient solo project, Deer Park Ranger. Bottom Of The Ocean is an extremely personal record that touches points of sorrow, pain, and fear while juxtaposing them with moments of hope, and elation. This blend highlights the dichotomy of emotions that are present during a major life change. The painful end of things you used to love, and the overwhelming excitement of your next chapter.

 

OP3 – Lumina
Release Date: 07 April 2018

Preview

OP3 is an ambient and atmospheric music journey, with elements from different genres of music such as modern classical composition, jazz, electro and folk rhythms. “Lumina” is the third official release of OP3 and as the project leader Dimitris Mitropapas states, “The most expressive and vivid elements of our music so far, in display!”. The 3-track EP capitalizes the theme of “darkness” and “light” as a metaphor for our lives. the piano and the string quartet now has a more haunting vibe than ever as well as the electronics are sounding even more alive.

 

DAN CAINE – Journey Through an Open Mind
Release Date: 14 April 2018

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Journey Through an Open Mind is the eighth release by prolific ambient / post-rock guitarist Dan Caine from England, and another exploration of his intuitive style of making music through progressive guitar melodies and expressive textures. This time, the journey goes even deeper.

11 Mar 2017

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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16 Oct 2016

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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09 Sep 2016

Mathew Roth: The Vulture & The Sparrow

a3220467487_10Our first September release has been prepared by someone very well-known to all members of Fluttery Records family. His name is Mathew Roth and after his successful albums “Immersion” and “Written & Unsent”, he is coming with his third piece “The Vulture & The Sparrow”.

Let us remind you something of Mathew’s background. Mathew began his musical career behind a drum set. He played the drums for close to 15 years, playing out around town and touring with various metal acts. The next step in his career was presented by his uncle Harold, who, after talking with Mathew about his interest in the piano, bequeathed to him his wife’s piano; a Kranich and Bach upright console. The next year was spent in an intensive retreat into music, where Mathew wrote, practiced and also recorded. After his uncle passed away, Mathew set off for a 6-week journey and walked 500 miles across Spain, which was a very transformative event in his life and incorporates much of what he experienced into the current musical projects he is working on.

Fluttery Records present Mathew Roth’s breathtaking modern classical work. With the cadence and candor of a cinematic score, The Vulture & the Sparrow is a musical journey through the darkness and back out to the light. Interwoven amongst the tracks is a very haunting and percussive piano, transcendent violin, and a cello saturated in earthiness which come together to create an experience that is both ethereal and grounding. Carefully chosen and interspersed synthesizers add an additional element that is unique to this album.

This album is similar to “Immersion” in that both are microcosmic interpretations of something, this album is just a different object of interpretation; the very well known, very human, and very despairing internal struggle of the dark against the light.”

The title of this album is very applicable to the feeling of the music. The instruments play off each other in a fashion similar to a duet, most notably in the title track. There is a constant theme of a dance between them, one proposing an idea and then another offering a new perspective.

“The Vulture is one person, and the sparrow is another, and yet of course they are both the same. They are always the same, and they create each other. The reason I chose the vulture as a theme is because I believe that these birds are misunderstood, as is much of what is dark, including aspects of ourselves.”

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19 Mar 2016

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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10 Mar 2016

A new experiment of Mathew Roth: Written & Unsent

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Our first March release has been prepared by someone very well-known to all members of Fluttery Records family. His name is Mathew Roth and after his successful album “Immersion”, he is coming with his second piece “Written & Unsent”. Let us remind you something of Mathew’s background.

Mathew began his musical career behind a drum set. He played the drums for close to 15 years, playing out around town and touring with various metal acts. The next step in his career was presented by his uncle Harold, who, after talking with Mathew about his interest in the piano, bequeathed to him his wife’s piano; a Kranich and Bach upright console. The next year was spent in an intensive retreat into music, where Mathew wrote, practiced and also recorded.

After his uncle passed away, Mathew set off for a 6-week journey and walked 500 miles across Spain, which was a very transformative event in his life and incorporates much of what he experienced into the current musical projects he is working on.

Written & Unsent is an exploration into the versatility of the piano; an attempt to play the instrument in a unique way. Roth’s heavy influence in rhythm and percussion is obvious in this album, as it will, at times, embody the emotion of a percussive instrument more so than a melodic one. The playing swings between extremes of soft and delicate melodies into a bass-drum-thumping rhythm which you will find yourself bobbing your head to. “When I first discovered my love for the piano it was because I realized that I could play it like a drum. I had been playing drum set for 15 years but grew tired of it. One day I started playing ‘drum beats’ on a piano and a little lightbulb went off in my head. The subtlety and melody that was lacking was now here.” Says Roth of his playing style.

This album is unique for Roth in a few ways. In “Immersion” he favors a heavy reliance upon violin and cello structure to tie the pieces together; the piano is often simple to leave room for the strings, yet W&U is filled with powerfully driven solo piano which encapsulates the entire spectrum of sound. It was only because of the desire to play live shows, and the difficulty in finding strings players, that drove Roth to write more piano driven pieces. Roth says that he is happy with how the album turned out, but he still sees it as more of an experiment. “The next album, which I’ve been enjoying obsessing over for the past few months, will definitely incorporate more strings and other instrumentation.”

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09 Jan 2016

The sonic world in Iván Muela’s “Unsound”

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”.

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