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.
As a sort of pantheist, or at least an artist who finds great stories hiding in the vast visual subtleties of nature – Subtle Trees is a classical music collage as much as it is an homage to classical music. It’s core is created through sounds gathered in the owl hours by sampling ancient instruments whose cores were derived from the trees of nature. These sounds were layered like lichen on an ancient pantheistic sculpture.
With The Rules of Another Small World, M. Ostermeier has arrived at an elegant voice – otherworldly and strangely beautiful, much like the desolate Taiwanese San-Zhr Pod Village gracing the album cover.
While elements of electroacoustic, modern classical, jazz, glitch, drone, ambient, and even lounge weave in and out of the record’s eleven compositions, The Rules of Another Small World is the converse of an eclectic collection of songs.