Each cover of the Printed Edition has been professionally printed with artwork derived from a vintage star map of the constellation Eridanus. Constructed around the same hand-inked custom double sleeve design as the Stamped Edition, this is a heavyweight package containing glass-mastered CD and a professionally printed insert.
James Murray’s tenth solo album carefully charts all nine Heavenly Waters constellations. This delicately nuanced celestial meditation is many years in the making and confirms Murray’s unwavering commitment to original, emotionally weighted, concept rich music of equal parts subtle melody and inventive, meticulous sound design.
Haruki is the pseudonym of composer/sonic artist Boris Snauwaert from Ghent, Belgium, who creates sonic environments through the precise, meditated amalgamation of a diverse variety of sounds, both musical and non-musical. In any given track Haruki combines any or all sound sources; field recordings, acoustic instruments, acoustic noises, found samples, sampled instruments and so on.
The compilation features 12 tracks from some of the globe’s most talented sound-designers. It is a subtly rewarding headphone listen from start to finish; curated and ordered to purposefully induce a state of sleep. Starting off minimally, gradually gathering tone and atmosphere, the experience goes on without ever boiling over or reaching a crescendo. Parts of the album are light and restful whereas traces of it tread darker territory. All in all, the imagery that the album conjurs sits perfectly as a soundtrack to the dreams one experiences during a nights sleep.
Named after a Hitchcock-esque nightmare in which he was set upon by a pair of hard-winged, marauding cuckoos, David A Jaycock’s second album is step forward from the pastoral motifs of his debut, incorporating an expansive country-folk sound alongside the indigenous qualities and general oddness that have made his name.