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Thomas Mathie

Founded by music fan Thomas Mathie aka headphonaught as a means of giving back to the independent music community... weareallghosts is a small netlabel & private press based in Motherwell, Scotland; that specialises in ambient electronic soundscapes but is open to other styles of music.



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Aug 2, 2016 Cousin Silas & Kevin Lyons
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"The Time Dwellers" is the fourth album from Cousin Silas & Kevin Lyons, an album of considerable beauty, one that further cements their creative partnership. This is music for the imagination, music that will inspire uniquely personal connections in each individual. Silas & Lyons’ pairing particular form of experimental ambient music is tailor-made for listeners who love nothing more than to be fully immersed in otherworldly, expansive aural environments; and it just seems...
Topics: ambient, electronica, experimental electronic
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Jul 31, 2016 Cousin Silas | Tim Jones | Kevin Lyons
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It is almost exactly a year to the day that 2 - the second album from Cousin Silas, Tim Jones & Kevin Lyons - was recorded ... the accumulation of a week of creative experimentation and collaboration between three old friends. Unfortunately I was unable to attend that particular meeting of minds but was delighted with the album when it arrived in my in-box. Underpinned by Jones’ samples and loops, 2 is a sonically adventurous and wonderfully imaginative journey into more abstract,...
Topics: ambient, electronica, experimental electronic
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Jun 25, 2016 Cousin Silas and Friends
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The idea of collaboration has negative connotations as does compromise … but something truly beautiful can be born from working together, sharing a vision and journeying on the road of creation with one or two close friends. This is evidenced here, on this the fifth volume of collaborations from Cousin Silas and his friends. Over 5 CDs worth of music … 800+ mb of data if you choose 320kbps MP3 files … Cousin Silas and Friends vol 5 (waag_rel088) is a hefty celebration of truly independent...
Topics: ambient, electronica, experimental electronic
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Jun 12, 2016 Brother Saturn
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“Unstable Lands (waag_rel087)” is the latest release from Drew Miller aka Brother Saturn. It features a deeper, more immersive electronic sound that feeds the imagination … a sound that is less drone-based and more melodic with loops playfully interacting with one another to create dense, otherworldly layers of sound. This is an album to lose yourself in … and to help you do this, each track features wonderful artwork from Smashy that will help guide your thoughts, if you want to, to...
Topics: ambient, electronica, experimental electronic
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May 22, 2016 Cousin Silas
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“Micro Dronescapes Vol 1” by Cousin Silas A number of people have taken Cousin Silas’ Dronescapes series to their heart, myself included. I find them utterly fascinating and eagerly await each instalment like a child on Christmas Eve. This month, rather than release another dronescape in all its longform ambient glory, Cousin Silas has decided to put out 6 shorter pieces that all sit comfortably within the 11 to 13 minute range. These pieces are an utter delight: they are long enough to...
Topics: ambient, electronica, experimental electronic, longform
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Apr 6, 2016 Cousin Silas
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Cousin Silas’ thirty-second dronescape is dedicated to the memory of Dame Zaha Hadid, the exceptional British architect who died recently. According to Wikipedia, Hadid liberated architectural geometry with the creation of highly expressive, sweeping fluid forms of multiple perspective points and fragmented geometry that evoke the chaos and flux of modern life. I marvel at Hadid’s creations, especially the Riverside Museum in Glasgow (pictured on the album cover) … she was a true...
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Mar 26, 2016 Scott Lawlor
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Thomas: I was deeply intrigued when Scott first pitched his idea for an Easter-themed album earlier in the year … especially considering the darker subject and proposed sound … I was not disappointed. This album is a melancholic delight … one that is perfect for the dark day between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. A 320kbps version of this release will be available here on Archive for free with a lossless version available over on Bandcamp for ‘pay what you want’ which does include...
Topics: ambient, dark, experimental electronic
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Mar 19, 2016 Cousin Silas
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I am particularly fond of Cousin Silas' longform pieces. Whether it is his dronescapes or the rerelease of Owlers Wood, Cousin Silas knows how to make longform music that is both interesting and engaging rather than monotonous and dull. He has raised the bar, at least for me, and graciously keeps feeding what is developing into an insatiable hunger for more. “Swirl (waag_rel082)” is his latest longform creation, one that explores the vastness of space and time within its 78 minute duration....
Topic: ambient, longform, drone, electronic,
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Mar 19, 2016 Matthew VandenBrook
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Extropy … a noun … the theory that cultural and technological development will expand indefinitely and in an orderly progressive manner throughout the universe, the tendency of systems to grow more organised. I am proud to present a wonderfully atmospheric and very “sci-fi” (as my daughter described it) album from Matthew VandenBrook entitled “Extropy” … more ambient than his previous release, the marvellous “Sound Then Silence (waag_rel064)” release just over one year ago,...
Topics: ambient, experimental electronic, atmospheric
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Feb 22, 2016 Kevin Lyons
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I’ve spoken before of my love for weird fiction and the pleasure I have in pairing the writings of Lovecraft to deliciously “out there” music … with “Thirteen Things That Don’t Make Sense” is Kevin Lyons I now have a new addition to my collection. This is Kevin Lyons’ latest solo offering on weareallghosts, an album full of the kind of atmospheric ambient electronica that Lyons excels at and I just love to consume. It isn’t an album that can be easily described other than to...
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Feb 13, 2016 Cousin Silas
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I am a huge fan of Cousin Silas’ dronescape series and get rather excited when I receive a link to the latest edition … I am genuinely surprised that we are now on the thirty-first edition AND the soundscapes presented seem to be getting better and better. The thirty-first dronescape from Cousin Silas has me in space. It is a wet Saturday in Scotland, the 13th February to be exact … I am sitting in my living room looking out to rainy sleet and a greyish sky … and Cousin Silas has me in...
Topics: ambient, experimental electronic, longform, guitar ambient
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Feb 7, 2016 Brother Saturn
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Brother Saturn continues his “Tales Of Space Exploration” series with a further 8 tracks … picking up where he left off in waag_rel061 and expanding the now familiar themes of travel, desolation, home and of loneliness. Drew Miller really nails it with these tracks … they have a cinematic quality that I find endearing, I found myself playing this album on repeat and losing myself to the moment. I would highly recommend you collate all 42 tracks together into one playlist, they are very...
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Jan 30, 2016 Cousin Silas
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Owlers Wood is one of my favourite longform ambient electronic pieces from Cousin Silas. It was released on the now sadly defunct netlabel Unsheep and has been unfairly languishing in obscurity until now … both Cousin Silas and I have fond memories of the piece and neither of us wanted to see the piece disappear so the decision was taken to re-release it on weareallghosts. It is an amazing piece, almost 80 minutes in length yet totally engaging. It is delicate and thoughtful, reminiscent (to...
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Dec 20, 2015 Stephen Briggs
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“The people who walked in darkness (waag_aa002_4)” is the fourth piece by Stephen Briggs that makes up this second “Ambient Advent” collection and with it comes a fifth track, a bonus track, that was simply too good not to include. Both “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light” and “Light and life to all he brings” are designed for contemplation and meditation during what has become a very busy period. Regardless how you celebrate this period, I hope these...
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Dec 13, 2015 Stephen Briggs
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“Let your heart take courage (waag_aa002_3)” is the third of four pieces by Stephen Briggs that are intended for the season of Advent. Courage is the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to face difficulty, danger, pain, and the like without fear; It is a quality we need desperately today when we consider all that is happening in our beautiful world. The terrorists and the warmongers want us to fear and every Star Wars fan knows that fear is the path to the dark side: Fear leads...
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Dec 6, 2015 Stephen Briggs
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“We wait for the light (waag_aa002_2)” is the second of four pieces by Stephen Briggs that are intended for the season of Advent. Darker than the previous soundscape, "We wait for the light" is all about anticipation ... of waiting and watching ... of wondering about the future. The four soundscapes that will make up this second “Ambient Advent” collection are designed for contemplation and meditation during what has become a very busy period. Regardless how you celebrate this...
Topics: ambient, experimental electronic, guitar ambient, advent
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Dec 5, 2015 Cousin Silas & Kevin Lyons
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The collaboration of Cousin Silas and Kevin Lyons is an inspired one … fuelled by a shared love of pulp sci-fi and leftfield music. It is a partnership that I cannot get enough of. “Interplanetary Blues (waag_rel079)” is a remarkable release: expressive, engaging and wonderfully atmospheric; it is my kind of experimental ambient electronic music. Yes … at times there are beats but they add to the overall whole of the album. This album has become the soundtrack to my life and has...
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Nov 29, 2015 Stephen Briggs
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“The Stars In The Bright Sky (waag_aa002_1​)” is the first of four pieces by Stephen Briggs that are intended for the season of Advent. Advent, for me, is about mystery and there is nothing more mysterious than the stars in the night sky. Briggs’ first piece conveys, through a moving looped and layered ambient guitar instrumental, this sense of mystery before settling on a tune that will be very familiar to some. The four soundscapes that will make up this second “Ambient Advent”...
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As I type this on Black Friday I am sitting in my house, at a small IKEA desk, listening to a Czech radio show who have featured the music of weareallghosts. It is raining outside, which is no surprise - it is November in the West of Scotland after all, and I am still nursing a concussion I received last week when I fell in the shower and hit my head on the toilet bowl. Taking this time out has really helped me to prioritise my life: I love my family and my friends, I love my job and...
Topics: ambient, experimental electronic, longform, guitar ambient
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Nov 22, 2015 Brother Saturn
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Drew Miller aka Brother Saturn is a busy guy, he creates music under a number of monikers including Brother Saturn and Chromadrift. I have enjoyed watching his growth as a musician and am proud of the Brother Saturn releases I’ve put out on weareallghosts. “Sunburst” is his latest work as Brother Saturn and it is, by my reckoning, his most accomplished to date. There is a dreamy, analogue otherworldliness about his compositions here: it is experimental ambient music that feeds the head...
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Nov 8, 2015 Cousin Silas | Tim Jones | Kevin Lyons
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Weird fiction deserves weird music. When I read H.P.Lovecraft, I must do so with weird music in my ears. Over the years, my go-to for the soundtrack has been Emmalee Crane. That is until now. “Internal Furniture (waag_rel076)” is a deliciously weird collaboration between Cousin Silas, Tim Jones and Kevin Lyons; that was conceived during a long weekend together in Yorkshire. When the cat is away, the mice will play and boy did these mice play. Fuelled by horror movies, old TV shows and pulp...
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Oct 12, 2015 Cousin Silas
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It has been a while since we had a dronescape from Cousin Silas, two months in fact, and in that time I have come to really appreciate his longform work. I know I have said this before but it needs said: they give me space, they give me time out to think and to concentrate. I guess when the one thing you crave is for some down time that when you get it, you cherish it. This dronescape, Cousin Silas’ twenty-ninth is nearly 80 minutes in length. It is a real journey in sound, one I found to be...
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Oct 12, 2015 Cousin Silas
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I have a considerable amount of love for Cousin Silas and his music. He is consistently wonderful, as an inspiration and as a friend, and I am proud to present his latest work: “Geographics 2 (waag_rel075)” … the long overdue follow up to “Geographics” on the brilliant Shaun Blezard’s now sadly dormant Earth Monkey Productions. It was Geographics that got me into Cousin Silas’ music. That and his Ballard Landscapes, which were all on EMP. And it was EMP that got me into Silas by...
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Oct 12, 2015 Kevin Lyons
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I am a big fan of longform ambient soundscapes … I am also a big fan of Kevin Lyons’ music, so you can imagine my delight when he submitted a longform piece for my consideration. You’d think I would be sick of them after 28 dronescapes but nothing could be further from the truth … I love them! and I love the fact that Lyons was inspired by our favourite cousin to give longform a try. This creative cross-pollination makes me very happy indeed. Clocking in at just under 70 minutes,...
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Aug 16, 2015 Cousin Silas
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Sometimes life just doesn’t go to plan: People you hold in high regard let you down, risks you take don’t pay off and end up costing you dear, and that great idea that you had turns out to be anything but; you know what I mean. When life gets like that I try to retreat, refocus, and restart; and I greatly appreciate music that helps me do that. The twenty-eighth dronescape from Cousin Silas is one such piece of music and, to be honest, it couldn’t have come at a better time. Its rich,...
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Jun 28, 2015 Cousin Silas and Friends
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Before you are 45 tracks from Cousin Silas and his friends. This is the fourth such compilation and it is, by far, the largest. Rather than single any one track out for praise, I will say this: how can you measure such creativity? Can you even attempt to do so using minutes or megabytes alone as your evidence? It is impossible. What Cousin Silas has done here by not only creating the initial music but by seeking out and bringing together his friends so they can aid him in creating their...
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Jun 21, 2015 Colin Blake
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A while back Colin Blake had an idea: to create 30 minute slices of sci-fi ambient, slices that could easily fit on the side of a C60 cassette tape. Since the release of “Cones” I was sold on the idea and I have looked for more. Faith (waag_rel072) is the first in a three-part series that follows Colin’s original C60 idea. Faith is presented as two “sides”: part 1 and part 2, both run near to 30 minutes each and feature some delightfully mysterious ambient music. Over the next few...
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Jun 21, 2015 Cousin Silas
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Today is a significant day for me, it is my Wedding Anniversary. I am married to Olwyn and have been for the last 18 years. We have seen so much together. I guess it is true what’s said: time does fly when you are having fun. Time is wonderful concept, isn’t it? it flies when we enjoy ourselves and drags when we don’t. Days, weeks, months, years; they all move so quickly and just like any chocolate bar, we don’t get as much now as we used to. That’s why I love Cousin Silas’...
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Jun 13, 2015 Scott Lawlor & The Gateless Gate
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"Ancient Ocean (waag_rel071)" is a collaboration between versatile ambient musician Scott Lawlor and neo-Krautrock/kosmische act The Gateless Gate (or one half of it, Allister Thompson). Scott’s drones for this piece strongly suggested the ebb and flow of the ocean. However, making yet another oceanic ambient album wasn’t satisfying, so Allister came up with the concept of a primordial ocean, millions of years before the dawn of man. This opened up the door to all sorts of...
Topics: ambient, longform, drone, kosmische musik, krautrock, progressive
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May 30, 2015 Brother Saturn
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— Transcendental / adjective / “a transcendental experience, event, object, or idea is extremely special and unusual and cannot be understood in ordinary ways.” — Mechanics / noun / “the study of the effect of physical forces on objects and their movement.” — “Transcendental Mechanics (waag_rel070)” by Brother Saturn is a remarkable EP, one that takes forward the sound he established whilst wandering the galaxy. It features four tracks that vary in length from just over 4...
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May 10, 2015 Cousin Silas
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“Through a Cobweb Strange (waag_rel069)” from Cousin Silas … affectionately referred to as “the disco album” when discussing it with Dave prior to release … is full of beats. In fact, “Through a Cobweb Strange (waag_rel069)” features fifteen downtempo tracks that combine Silas’ particular style of ambient guitar with varying degrees of percussion. I love the variety of Cousin Silas’ music and gravitate towards different elements depending on my mood. He can and does turn his...
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May 10, 2015 Cousin Silas
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Earlier today I watched a programme that explored sensory deprivation using a flotation tank. The idea of nothingness was an idea both compelling and frightening to the host: sixty minutes of nothing is a rather intimidating prospect … just you and your thoughts. I wonder if that’s what some people think about longform drones … that a post-sixty minute ambient soundscape is, in some way, a scary proposition. I don’t know. What I do know, however, is that I like to be alone with my...
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May 2, 2015 Gurdonark
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I have a whole heap of love for the experimental electronic weirdbient music of Robert H Nunnally Jnr aka Gurdonark. It is so different and out there from the rest of weareallghost’s roster. “Constellation Blackbird” continues the musical journey Gurdonark first started with WAAG back in late 2012 with “Open Spaces”. This isn’t easy listening: it has dissonant frequencies, naive sounds and glitchy melodies that may not be instantly accessible. However I, for one, enjoy his...
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Apr 11, 2015 Cousin Silas & Kevin Lyons
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I love visual music. I have always been drawn to ambient music that paints pictures in my mind, music that conjures up the places and spaces that I can only read about in sci-fi novels and weird fiction. “Amazing Tales of Space and Time (waag_rel067)” by the enduring partnership of Cousin Silas and Kevin Lyons transports me to alien landscapes and disreputable townships, the kind imagined by visionaries such as Lovecraft or Aldiss; It makes for captivating listening albeit not entirely...
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Apr 3, 2015 Scott Lawlor
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Easter is, for some, a period of contemplation; a time for stepping back and reflecting on life, love, death, and resurrection. Whether you observe the Christian faith or not, this time, this Easter time, is precious: from death comes new life, the work is finished, the circle is complete. “Seven Last Words” by Scott Lawlor is a release that will aid you in this deliberation. It will help you to step away from the busyness of today and give you space to ponder the deepest of mysteries,...
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Mar 15, 2015 Cousin Silas
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In a recent blog post, Joseph Mosby of josephmosby.com talked about using music to get “into the zone” … the zone being that point when we have complete concentration, complete focus. In his post - http://josephmosby.com/2015/02/15/the-psychology-of-a-small-playlist-on-repeat.html - he quotes Arkansas psychologist Elizabeth Hellmuth Margulis who wrote a book called “On Repeat: How Music Plays the Mind” that tangentially delves into this question … how does music on repeat help...
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Mar 7, 2015 Cousin Silas & David Gerard
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Cousin Silas is the reason weareallghosts exists. Not only is he our greatest patron, his music is the label's answer to the question "why?" ... Why did waag come into being? To release the music of Dave Hughes aka Cousin Silas. We've grown since those formative days ... we now exist to release the kind of experimental ambient electronic soundscapes that get little attention elsewhere & to do it in a manner that makes it accessible to all who want it. I used to wonder why Cousin...
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Mar 1, 2015 Matthew VandenBrook
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“Sound then Silence (waag_rel064)” from Matthew VandenBrook is a wonderfully inventive album that brings a new dimension of sound to weareallghosts, something uniquely expressive and engaging. “Sound then Silence (waag_rel064)” explores more electronic and IDM-related genres, and does so in a manner that doesn’t negate VandenBrook’s ambient, drone-influenced, origins. In fact, tracks 6, 7 and 9 - “Reincarnation”, “Metempsychosis” and the title track “Sound then Silence”...
Topics: ambient, electronica, experimental electronic, IDM
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Feb 15, 2015 Kevin Lyons
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waag_rel063 Releasing Kevin Lyons’ music on weareallghosts is one of my proudest achievements with the netlabel. If ever there was someone who deserved to be heard, it is him! He has an approach to his craft that makes my heart sing: he is wonderfully imaginative and channels the whole of his very interesting life into his innovative expression. “Night Visions (waag_rel063)” is an utter delight, opening with one of my favourite longform pieces - “Like City Lights, Receding” - a track...
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Jan 11, 2015 Cousin Silas
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A new year and a new Dronescape, Cousin Silas’ twenty-third to be exact … if you discount the mini-dronescape on “the sound of Silas”. When Cousin Silas sent the .wav file through he described his latest endeavour as rather dark … “’tis a bit dark, m’ lad” was his exact phrase. I have come to expect that when my favourite Cousin says “dark” he means wonderfully atmospheric, haunting soundscapes that thrill and engage me, the listener. Dronescape 023 is no exception. This...
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Dec 28, 2014 Tim Rowe
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Elegy [el-i-jee] noun, plural elegies. A mournful, melancholy, or plaintive poem, especially a funeral song or a lament for the dead. Tim Rowe’s suite of short, exquisitely mournful elegies are dedicated to all who mourn, all who have lost someone or something precious to them. Just as Henryk Gorecki’s third symphony brings considerable comfort to those in pain, my hope is that in some small way this suite will bring comfort too. An MP3 version of this album is available for free on Archive...
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Dec 21, 2014 Simon Slator
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"The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, 'Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!'" (John 1:29) The fourth candle, the "Christ Candle" needs no explanation. Saviour of the world: Salvator Mundi. - Simon And with that I wish Simon … and everyone who supports weareallghosts in any way whatsoever a very Merry Christmas. - Thomas
Topic: ambient, longform, drone, electronic, Advent
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Dec 20, 2014 Brother Saturn
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"Tales of Space Exploration 25 - 34 (waag_rel061)” marks the next instalment of Brother Saturn's "Tales of Space Exploration" series. Drew Miller picks up where he left off in waag_rel048 … expanding his ongoing themes of travel, desolation, home and of loneliness … and further developing this series for weareallghosts. As before, Adam Howie has expertly expressed these themes in his cover art. His piece - "Detrimentum Sui - Loss of Self" - will be available for...
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Dec 15, 2014 Simon Slator
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“Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.’” Luke 2:13-14 The third candle is known either as the candle of joy, or the ‘shepherd candle’, the section above occurring as the shepherds were given the news about the birth of Christ. When you picture the scene, you tend to think of the company of angels singing like a classical choir – eclipsing the...
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Dec 8, 2014 Simon Slator
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Following on from where Spero left off, the Messiah’s prophesied arrival is imminent: As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him. Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth. And all people will see God’s salvation.’” – Luke 3: 4-6 “Regnum Caelorum” is Latin for...
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Dec 6, 2014 Kevin Lyons
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"I suppose I shall have to translate this," said the antiquary to himself, as he finished copying the above lines from that rather rare and exceedingly diffuse book, the Sertum Steinfeldense Norbertinum."Well, it may as well be done first as last," and accordingly the following rendering was very quickly produced … - “The Treasure of Abbott Thomas” by Dr M.R.James Nothing beats a good ghost story at this time of the year … and nothing beats a ghost story from Dr...
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Nov 30, 2014 Simon Slator
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“Spero (waag_aa001_1-4)” is the first of four pieces by Simon Slator that are designed for the season of Advent. The four soundscapes that make up this first “Ambient Advent” collection are intended for contemplation and meditation during this busy period. Advent is synonymous with new beginnings, with the commencement or start of new things. Regardless of how you celebrate this holiday period, my wish is that the music Simon Slator has created will bring something new to you. This...
Topic: ambient, longform, drone, electronic, Advent
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“Let no two drones be alike must be Scott's motto....at least thus far. Each drone excursion is markedly different from all others.” So says Brian Bourassa in a comment on Bandcamp. I cannot agree more and with the belated 6th instalment in his drone.excursion series, Scott Lawlor proves, if proof be really needed, this point. “Unquiet Spirits Crossing the Rubicon” is a deeply immersive, full-on longform piece; one that paints mind-pictures of wide, desolate spaces interspersed with the...
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Nov 9, 2014 Cousin Silas
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It has been a busy wee while of late and this week was no exception. When I’m tired I turn to the dronescapes of Cousin Silas - they give me respite, they provide a place to go when all I want to do is turn off the world for an hour and relax. The latest instalment in the dronescape series - the twenty-second instalment in fact - is a marvellous example of this. It’s rich, luscious tone is a balm to my weary soul. It engulfs me with the delightfully paradoxical feeling of the new familiar....
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Nov 2, 2014 Christopher Alvarado
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Back in 27 May 2014 waag release “Creation By Inertia (waag_rel052)” by Christopher Alvarado … an album I consider a remarkable recording and one I was proud to release on weareallghosts. I am extremely grateful to Christopher Alvarado for the opportunity to release “Modified by Inertia (waag_rmx002)”, a series of remixes of tracks from the original album along with a brand new track from Alvarado entitled “An Eternity of Eyes”. The remixes themselves demonstrate the broad church...
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Oct 12, 2014 Microvolt
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“Moirai (waag_rel058)” is the first release on weareallghosts from experimental electronic musician, Paul Randall aka Microvolt. It is a wonderful collection of delicate soundscapes with an intricacy that has captivated me since I first got to hear them a good few months ago. Paul Randall presents something beautiful with “Moirai (waag_rel058)”, something that fits nicely with the emerging waag ‘sound’ and yet broadens it too. This is my kind of experimental ambient: captivating and...
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Oct 11, 2014 David Gerard
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I’m a huge fan of David Gerard’s music and to have a 15 minute piece from him on weareallghosts is a personal delight. “Ghosts we all are (waag_sng007)” is his personal tribute to waag … he wrote it especially for my wee label and the community we've built around it ... and I will always be indebted to him for that. It is a vibrant piece that has a distinct ebb and flow, a rhythm that is wonderfully immersive and rather hypnotic. I love this piece and hope David will be back with...
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Oct 5, 2014 Red Pools
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Corrugate is two tracks of roughly the same ilk that I produced in the first half of 2014. Thanks to Thomas Mathie, Wolfgang Merx, Dario Lozano-Thornton, Phil Begg, Grace Smith, Nichola Stafford, Michael Bridgewater, Adam Denton, Mark Hadman, Crow Versus Crow, Stephen Ferrell, Roo Carpenter, Michael Hann, the twitter community, WAAG and others for all sorts of reasons. Special thanks to Thomas for agreeing to float this boat, and for, as always, making this thing possible. This will probably...
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Oct 4, 2014 Cousin Silas
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Welcome to the twenty-first dronescape from Cousin Silas, another post-70 minute piece from someone who I personally think is at the top of their game. Coming off the back of his first CD on weareallghosts, this dronescape provides a fitting rest. It is an open and spacious drone filled with wonder and the anticipation of the unknown. It is a delight. I hope you enjoy Dronescape 021 as much as I do. - Tx
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Aug 26, 2014 Ade Hodges & Cousin Silas
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In the Green Light (waag_rel056) by Ade Hodges & Cousin Silas is the next instalment in an ongoing series of collaborations between the two artists. It features six earthy, nearly impenetrable walls-of-sound that are not for the claustrophobic. In the Green Light (waag_rel056) is an immense album of truly immersive beauty, one that is as spatial as it is aural. There is both a breadth and a density within these tracks that takes the listener's breath away, it is as if Hodges and Silas have...
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Aug 10, 2014 Cousin Silas
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"The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents... some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the light into the peace and safety of a new Dark Age." - HPLovecraft - The Call of Cthulu 'Into The Dark | volume iii (waag_rel055)' - the third and final instalment in...
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Aug 4, 2014 Cousin Silas & Kevin Lyons
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A collaboration between two of my favourite musicians on weareallghosts - Cousin Silas & Kevin Lyons - is an exciting prospect, one that I am glad to say did not disappoint me. I love their individual sounds and really love their combined effort on ScannerWorks (waag_rel054) . ScannerWorks (waag_rel054) is the first of hopefully many collaborations between Silas and Lyons ... they have distilled their shared passion for ambient and progressive music, 70s British horror films, and pulp...
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I hope you enjoyed last week's instalment in Scott Lawlor's ongoing journey into post-sixty minute soundscapes? Due to some movement in the waag schedule, I am proud to present drone.excursion.005 (waag_dex005) aka 'quiet passage' for your listening please. Scott's 5th drone in his drone.excursion series is another enjoyable longform drone, one that brings a degree of subtly to the table. This is a low key, melancholic soundscape ... one for late nights or for moments of deep contemplation. I...
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Scott Lawlor continues on his journey into post-sixty minute soundscapes with the fourth in his drone.excursion series. drone.excursion.004 (waag_dex004) aka 'harmonic convergence' is a delightful drone that builds in significance in the listener's consciousness. There is a slow evolution in the chords used over the 72 minute duration that together feeds the mind and provides space for contemplation and flow. drone.excursion.004 (waag_dex004) is another enjoyable longform drone from Scott and I...
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Jul 15, 2014 Cousin Silas
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Twenty. Yes, twenty! This is the twentieth instalment in Cousin Silas' Dronescape series and it sees him exploring the darker recesses of ambient music. Clocking in at 72 minutes, this is a deeply immersive journey into the unknown. I have spoken before of the association I have with Silas' work and the author H.P. Lovecraft, with the Cthulu Mythos, in particular, really sticking with me. This Dronescape reminds me of the first Lovecraft story that I read: "The Nameless City". I read...
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Jul 6, 2014 Colin Blake
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When Colin Blake approached me with his idea for his C60 project I was intrigued. He was eager to create 30 minute slices of his particular blend of sci-fi ambient, slices that could easily fit on the side of a C60 cassette tape. When I heard the first cuts I was sold on the idea. These cuts became what you are now listening to: Side A and Side B of "Cones (waag_C60_01)". Think of these tracks in the same terms as you would a mixtape ... they are 30 minutes of continual, unbroken...
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Jun 14, 2014 Simon Slator
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It is my absolute pleasure to welcome Simon Slator to the weareallghosts fold, who joins us with a belter of a longform ambient release entitled "Philharmony (waag_rel053)". "Philharmony" is a derived word that originates from the adjective "Philmarmonic" which means to be fond of or devoted to music ... and is an apt descriptor for weareallghosts, for Simon and for me ... we love music and share an ongoing, active love for music in all its forms albeit with a...
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Jun 9, 2014 Cousin Silas
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Cousin Silas and I connected many years ago when I said some nice things about his work on Shaun Blezard's seminal 'Earth Monkey Productions' netlabel. Silas had released 'Geographics' and his first two Ballard Landscapes on EMP and I had picked them up. They were my kind of atmospheres: dark, eerie & powerfully emotive ... they conjured up desolate spaces and lands dotted with Cyclopean buildings before I had read Lovecraft and knew what a Cyclopean architecture was. "Great watery...
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May 27, 2014 Christopher Alvarado
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Creation By Inertia (waag_rel052) by Christopher Alvarado is a remarkable recording, one I am proud to release on weareallghosts. I am extremely grateful to Christopher Alvarado for the opportunity to release this album. It is, like all music released on waag, music I want to listen to. Creation By Inertia (waag_rel052) features my kind of sounds - soundscapes that incorporate deliciously progressive percussion with sci-fi synths and otherworldly ambience to create trance-like states of...
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May 25, 2014 Scott Lawlor
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Scott Lawlor continues on his journey into post-sixty minute soundscapes with the third in his drone.excursion series. drone.excursion.003 (waag_dex003) aka 'uncertainty of suspense' is a fluid piece ... one that has a sense of movement while retaining an impression of artifice and of the man-made, like it's predecessor. drone.excursion.003 (waag_dex003) is another delightful longform drone from Scott and I really do hope you will enjoy it as much as I have ... I found it a worthwhile journey...
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May 17, 2014 William Spivey
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I have a considerable amount of affection for the music of William Spivey - his ambient-infused melodic electronica is an utter delight and I am proud to release "Glimpse (waag_rel051)" on weareallghosts. With "Glimpse (waag_rel051)" Spivey has cooked up a luscious sound-banquet that features a number of flavours that will indulge all your senses and captivate your heart. Whilst I love his purely ambient pieces, I do appreciate it when Spivey adds beats, utilises sequencers...
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May 4, 2014 Cousin Silas and Friends
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The third volume of collaborations between Cousin Silas and his Friends - Silas & Friends vol.3 (waag_rel050) - is our 50th album release and 82nd release overall on weareallghosts. It features 26 collaborations with 23 creative musicians and demonstrates the broad nature of ambient music. Each combination is different ... each interaction releases some special magic, a synergy of effort, that brings out the best in both musicians and produces some truly exceptional music. As a...
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May 3, 2014 Cousin Silas
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George Carlin once said ... "Have you ever started a path? No one seems willing to do this. We don't mind using existing paths, but we rarely start new ones. Do it today. Start a path. Even if it doesn't lead anywhere." This saying resonates with me for a number of reasons, too many in fact for here & now. What I will say, however, is how much I respect Cousin Silas' Dronescape project and how, in creating his own path, he’s created something that a lot of people have gained...
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Apr 25, 2014 Kevin Lyons
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Kevin Lyons music just gets better and better, in my opinion and "Invisible Sounds, Inaudible Sights (waag_rel049)" is up there with one of the best albums we've ever released on weareallghosts. The album is haunting from the start with the vocal samples used in 'Solstice' taking no prisoners from the off. "Invisible Sounds, Inaudible Sights (waag_rel049)" is an ambient tour de force, each track having its own magical expression. Tracks like 'You will become like us' with...
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Apr 20, 2014 Brother Saturn
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"Tales of Space Exploration 17 - 24 (waag_rel048)" marks the further continuation of Drew Miller aka Brother Saturn's "Tales of Space Exploration" series for weareallghosts. Miller picks up where he left off in waag_rel031 … continuing to document his journey into the deepest realms of the galaxy through ambient music. Once more I hear real progression in these tracks … Miller is continuing to grow as a musician. He continues to explore the themes of travel, desolation,...
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Apr 17, 2014 Matthew VandenBrook
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I am deeply honoured to present "Without Sin" from Detroit based musician Matthew VandenBrook and am proud to welcome him to the weareallghosts community. "Without Sin" is a fitting piece to be released on Good Friday, 2014 ... and while each listener will make of it what they will ... I, for one, have received remarkable inspiration from this piece as I have walked my own, personal Lenten journey. It is a dark, brooding piece of longform ambient music that threatens to...
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Apr 13, 2014 Scott Lawlor
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In case you missed it last month ... Scott Lawlor has been inspired by the work of Cousin Silas and is going on his own journey into post-sixty minute soundscapes. He intends to producing a series of these drone.excursion longform pieces and I am proud to support him with this endeavour. drone.excursion.002 (waag_dex002) aka 'Into the Industrial Complex' is a subtler piece ... less dissonant than the first drone.excursion whilst still retaining the sense of movement that was conveyed by it's...
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Apr 11, 2014 Cousin Silas
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May I start off with a big thanks to both Thomas Mathie and Cousin Silas for giving me the opportunity to write the liner notes for the 17th release of the Dronescape Series. That said, I'd like to talk about the "cancerous bubble" that began to grow as a result of this opportunity - an ego bubble, I would imagine. It began with a series of email conversation which eventually led to my thinking I might offer Cousin Silas a few ideas on his dronescapes! I hear you all now. "SAY...
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Apr 11, 2014 Alison G. Madrigal
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"You are Alison G. Madrigal (waag_rrl003)" by Alison G. Madrigal is an interesting listen ... so interesting, in fact, that I agreed to rerelease it on weareallghosts. "Who is Alison G. Madrigal?" I hear you ask ... I can't say for sure for she is shrouded in secrecy. I do believe, however, that Todd Elliott aka Toaster is involved with this project in some way ... he introduced me to her, for one, and the sounds bear a cunning similarity to some of his output. Does it...
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Mar 29, 2014 Red Pools
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Three tracks of caustic city-driven technoustica, built from the minutia of old session recordings, hauntological cassette tapes of unknown origin, recombinant soundscapes, extracted percussion, and the processed ghosts of sound objects inhabiting the spaces I come into contact with. Source material recorded, tracks composed and performed to create this record July 2013-Feb 2014. My sincere thanks to: Impossibility Knox (Gwilly Edmondez, Dario Lozano-Thornton, Elaine Cheng, Esme Baker, Meena...
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