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    Guenter Schlienz – Peace

    Over several years, Guenter Schlienz has graced labels such as Constellation Tatsu, Sacred Phrases, S.I.N.K. CDs, SicSic, Preservation so we are very excited here at Rural Colours to be added to that list with his latest work Peace.

    After noticing that several friends had begun to end emails marked ‘Peace’, Guenter Schlienz, ever full of questions, started to ponder on the meaning of the word in this context. Around the same time he started to read Henry Miller’s book ‘The Collossus of Maroussi’ and was intrigued by a couple of paragraphs devoted to exactly this question: what is “the meaning of peace”. He came to the conclusion that there is much more to “peace” than just the absence of war. The albums track titles are words by Henry Miller, and the work is Guenter’s humble attempt to gather sounds and atmospheres around those lines.

    Using modular synths combined with tape loops, analog and digital delays, vintage electronic organ and guitar, Schlienz works within a romantically inward looking framework, creating music that comes from deep within. His compositions reflect themes of tenderness, alienation and homecoming and feature a range of guest musicians including Masako Kamikawa (piano on ‘Reverberation of the Pandemonium’) and Niko Lazarakopoulos (guitar on ‘Faint Whispers’) and even an anonymous busker from the streets of Stuttgart on ‘Who Put the Demons There?’

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    Leigh Toro – Layers of Ash

    Leigh Toro has been producing music for the past twenty years. Back in the day he recorded under the guise of Flotel and released works on the excellent Expanding Records. More recently he has been recording under his own name and has had albums out on Eilean Records and Handstitched. We are excited here at Rural Colours to bring you his latest work Layers of Ash, an album of frayed granular resonances.

    Layers of Ash started life as a series of short improvisations which were then woven together to create more developed pieces. Leigh tells us that he is currently producing longer form pieces of music that explore the textural qualities of digital distortion, bit reduction and resonance. He enjoys exploring the balance between the harsh noise and more subtle delicate sounds and how that balance can evolve over a longer period than he has worked on before.

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    Hybernation – Object Studies – Metal

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    Stuart has been recording and sampling objects since the start of his Hybernation project in 1999, after becoming tired of familiar electronic sounds, plug-ins and presets. Early tracks, such as on Snow Cover (Rednetic Recordings) and Interduvet Yarns (both released in 2007) used objects to create beats and rhythms, that as a drummer, Stuart could not recreate using just four limbs. As he delved further exploring the resonant tones of objects, these increasingly became melodic and textural components. This can first be heard on tracks from ‘E2 & E8’ (Cotton Goods, 2010) where Stuart combined them with location-based recordings, and on ‘Thirty’ (FBox Records, 2012) a recording of a live performance using 30 donated objects.

    Object Studies takes this a step further by using just one object to create each track. Sounds produced by objects are usually a by-product of their usage, so by concentrating and reducing them down to a resonant form tiny characteristics can be discovered. Stuart uses these to form a musical, harmonic response, turning the sound into something more purposeful and accessible. In this first collection, all of the sounds are made from metallic objects or components.

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    Threethings – Antecedent Conditions

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    Threethings is the solo project of Ben Worth (b.1979), who spent the first three decades of his life in England before moving to Toronto, Canada in 2010. He first picked up a guitar as a teenager and has been playing around with home recordings in one form or another ever since. From 2007 to 2010 he was a member of the band Kontakte, who during that time put out two full albums and an EP on the Drifting Falling label, and shared the stage with bands such as M83, Epic45, Six by Seven, Vessels and Fuck Buttons.

    Threethings started as a project after Ben’s move to Canada, where he found that he had more time to explore sounds that interested him – playing with pedals, processing and manipulating guitar loops, and combining the results with field recordings, contact mic textures, and other found sounds. Antecedent Conditions features six tracks built up in this way from a base of processed guitar loops and the incidental sounds that were captured along with them. Additional sounds, textures, and instrumentation were added as the tracks were slowly sculpted into their final form – all the while trying to find something beautiful/hopeful in the imperfect and accidental nature of the original recordings.

    The cover features an extract from a painting called Locust Limb by the Toronto based artist Jessica Rode.

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    Ben Fleury-Steiner – Clearings

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    Delaware (USA) based Ben Fleury-Steiner (Infraction, Low-Point, con-v, Mystery Sea, Gears of Sand, Hypnos and Secret Sounds) is an experimental/ambient sound artist drawing from both electronic and acoustic sources including electric kalimbas, small modular synthesizers, guitar drones and effects pedals. Ben’s sound always embraces a sense of a “somewhere”, sonically, always warm with tons of layers and subtle details.

    “Clearings” for Rural Colours became a way for Ben to let go of his anal retentiveness in his studio and start a fresh by embracing sound spaces inspired by nature as they evolved in real time. Three tracks make up the album, Wind-Up Bird’s Lament, Parallax, and Glade.

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    Two People In A Room – Endless Bummer

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    Two People In A Room is the project of Berlin based duo Michelle and René, the latter also known as the ambient solo artist Pillowdiver. Formed in 2009, Two People In A Room create their music using guitar which is then manipulated extensively through the use of effects pedals and signal processing. But one of the things that separate them from others is that it’s not solely feedback and drone as melodic elements get thread into the music’s dense fabric

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    Offthesky / Man Watching The Stars – Afar, Farewell

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    Afar, Farewell is Offthesky joined by experimental violinist Brendan Paxton aka Man Watching the Stars for what is put simply one of the most breathtakingly moving albums we’ve ever released at Rural Colours. Unlike a lot of albums in the ambient genre this one is far from the usual background music with a variety of instrumentation and the disposition to engage in a more earthly, melodic, stucture. Afar Farewell supplies five gorgeous tracks of slowly evolving melody on a soft bed of processed guitar, molten strings and Offthesky’s deep and quirky signatures.

    What is most special about “Afar, Farewell” is its ability to enact this kind of ‘being-there’, of being in Nature, even if this turns out to be a kind of mythologised and yearned-for Nature rather than anything concrete. If our stories about the natural environment help make it what it is, then this release contributes to that process with a reverence and absorbed attention, turning high rises into pine trees and mountains into monuments. – Fluid Radio

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    Talkingmakesnosense – Coruscates (CD)

    Talkingmakesnosense is Dominic Dixon of Glasgow who has been making music in one form or another since he was a child. Most recently, he’s been releasing records on the now sadly defunct Benbecula Records, and now a new album on Rural Colours.

    Coruscates consists of four long-form tracks, each tipping past the ten-minute mark.

    An edition of 100, CD and cover packaged in a translucent envelope.

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