Karina ESP is the solo recording project of Chris Gowers. Centered around exploring guitar-based textures, recordings vary between slowly formed melancholic ambient, experimental drones and blurred melodies. Karina ESP has been released on a number of labels including Morc Records, Hibernate, Airborne Virus and Evelyn, and has played live in venues across Europe and the UK, sharing the stage with Jessica Bailiff, Tara Jane O’Neil, Wouter van Veldhoven, Drekka and Plinth. Ongoing collaborations have also come to fruition, resulting in releases with Caught In The Wake Forever, Isnaj Dui and Circle Bros. Chris Gowers is also active performing, writing and recording with the bands Signals and Rome Pays Off, and runs The Remains Of My Estate record label.
With A Single Moment, Repeated Chris wanted to capture those brief moments of beautiful clarity that communicate something wordless.
Limited edition numbered run of 150 copies + download code…
Hibernate Recordings kick off a new collaboration series with an ep from Isnaj Dui & Karina ESP. The goal for the series is to get two different artists on our roster to put their heads together to have some fun and do what they love best.
Isnaj Dui is Katie English, based in North London, UK. Her work in the past has graced labels such as Home Normal, Smallfish, Rural Colours and her own imprint FBox Records. With a history of recording and musical study that spans back to 1995, Katie’s current sound is characterised by her use of flute, particularly the bass flute. This is generally a rarely used instrument but is used frequently throughout her work as a defining feature. Add to this a few home-made instruments and electronics and you have the very distinctive sound of Isnaj Dui, a project that has been active since 2004.
‘Quiet, Please’ is an 80mm CDr release, documenting the degeneration of society’s sonic landscape through location recordings, tape-loops and double bass…
”Quiet, Please deals with the issue of ‘noise’ as a polluting yet ultimately unavoidable element in an acoustic space, through the medium of lo-fi location recording and magnetic tape deterioration. Inspired by R. Murray Schafer’s The Tuning of the World (1977), the composition draws upon the concept of an ever-degrading sonic environment caused by humanity’s technological development. The affliction of noise pollution is something which, in all likelihood, cannot be avoided if society is to continue to progress – noise is therefore inevitable. For Quiet, Please the location setting of a library was chosen for its cultural significance in the issue of noise control. Firstly, the concept of education and learning ties in with the topics surrounding human progress: the process of formal education is fundamental to the technical and social advancements causing this shift from high to low-fidelity soundscape. Secondly, in the case of the recordings made in this piece, the library seems to act as an example of the impossibility of complete noise eradication. The library – which is generally accepted as a quiet place of study – in fact, contains a great deal of noise pollution, which is then amplified by the cultural expectation of ‘silence’…” ~ Ithaca Trio, 2011
Packaged in a library returns card, this release is limited to 75 copies for the world.
Handmade numbered foldout card sleeve in a limited run of 100 copies…
‘Home’ is an album which spans more than 2,000 kilometres, two families and a lifetime of experiences.
Darren Harper and Jared Smyth’s collaborative effort examines the spaces they have shaped as husbands, fathers and community members in the two very different towns of Tallahassee, Florida and Nederland, Colorado.
Although the two men have never met, they have produced an album that explores the most intimate corners of their lives.
Through the sounds of tinkling streams, children drumming, warm guitars and crunching ice, the pair have crafted an intensely personal album, which invites us into the parts of the world they have made their own.
This is an album full of warmth, subtlety and power that explores what it means to call somewhere ‘home’.
Mastered by: Jason Corder