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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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Cousin Silas and Kevin Lyons make the spookiest of sci-fi inspired ambient music and "11 Tales of Space and Intrigue (waag_rel135)" is a superb addition to their body of work.  Theirs are the sounds of abandoned space-stations and far-off moons and the imagined goings-on of the extra-terrestrial stars of loved children's TV shows ... their evocative music is the music that feeds the imagination and inspires daydreams of burning worlds and the most captivating of deserts on the Red...
Topics: ambient, electronica, experimental electronic, sci-fi, atmospheric
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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...
Topics: ambient, experimental electronic, atmospheric
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by Cousin Silas & Kevin Lyons
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I believe in the power of music to inspire and to heal. That's a bit of a cheesy thing to say, I know, but I believe it to be true. When I set out on the weareallghosts journey, it wasn't to make money or to strike it big. No, it was to give something back to the DIY music community that has nourished me over the years ... to bring some happiness into an unhappy world ... to light the proverbial candle to shine out in the darkness. I think I have achieved that. So today, regardless of all the...
Topics: ambient, electronic, guitar ambient, drone
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by 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...
Topics: ambient, experimental electronic, guitar ambient, advent
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by 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...
Topics: ambient, sci-fi, space music
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by Cousin Silas & Kevin Lyons
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I get really excited when I receive an album from Cousin Silas and Kevin Lyons. Theirs is a particularly vibrant collaboration, one that points to the very best of weird and science fiction. "The Moorcock Principle" is their fifth outing and the very name of it speaks of the very best in fantastical writing.  I could be wrong but I'm sure track three -  Frank & Jerry's Final Confrontation - refers to Michael Moorcock's character, Jerry Cornelius.  This is my kind of ambient...
Topics: ambient, experimental electronic, atmospheric, electronica
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by 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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by 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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by 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...
Topics: ambient, experimental electronic
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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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I do what I do to encourage others bring their beauty into this world. Witnessing Kevin Lyons' growth as an artist and a maker of beautiful music has been a real pleasure for me. I really do marvel at the music he creates - it holds it's own within weareallghosts and further afield - it never ceases to amaze me. I am very proud of the music he has released on waag and am proud to call him a friend. It is with this sense of pride that I present his fourth album - "Lullabies for Strange...
Topics: ambient, sci-fi, dark
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by Kevin Lyons
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As I write these liner notes, I reflect on the weekend that I have just had ... a weekend of music ... a weekend of cementing social media friendships with physical bonds ... a weekend where I got to meet in the flesh for the first time, so to speak, three chaps that I greatly admire: the musician - Dave Hughes aka Cousin Silas; the painter - Ade Hodges; and the focus of these notes - musician Kevin Lyons. Believe it or not but Dave and Kevin are the only musicians on weareallghosts that I have...
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by Kevin Lyons
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waag_rel036 "St Bertrand de Comminges is a decayed town on the spurs of the Pyrenees, not very far from Toulouse, and still nearer to Bagnères-de-Luchon." And so begins "Canon Alberic's Scrapbook" from Dr M. R. James' "Ghost Stories of an Antiquary" ... or at least my Penguin Books copy from May 1941 does. I received this copy from Cousin Silas when I stayed at his house at the end of August. This was the weekend that I met Ade Hodges and Kevin Lyons, the weekend...
Topics: dark ambient, ambient
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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...
Topic: ambient, dark, dark ambient,
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Kevin Lyons and I were daydreaming together, earlier today ... dreaming of opening up a space called "The End of Time" where the beer was microbrewed, the coffee was always fresh and made with v60s, and the music was decidedly ambient in nature with Cousin Silas playing live; Every night there would be a sci-fi film on and the kitchen would serve the best pizzas at any time of the day. I guess we can dream. I love Kevin Lyons' music ... it has a special something about it that always...
Topics: ambient, experimental electronic, atmospheric, electronica
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by 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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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,...
Topics: ambient, experimental electronic, longform
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by Kevin Lyons
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I always delight in releasing Kevin Lyons' music. I have a real soft spot for his music and I'm not the only one, there are a number of others who really do appreciate his Berlin School-inspired take on ambient electronic music. Kevin Lyons' latest release on weareallghosts, entitled "Organised Vibrations", is a wonderfully progressive collection of tracks that take me, as the listener, on multiple journeys of discovery. From the Tangerine Dream flavoured opener, "Aum", to...
Topics: ambient, electronic, dark ambient, weird, space music
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by Kevin Lyons
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Cousin Silas is my A&R man. He is always recommending new music to me and introducing me to some of the fabulously talent people he calls friends. Kevin Lyons is one such friend. I was bowled over when Kevin sent through the tracks that would later form the basis of "The Lost Room (waag_rel019)" , our 27th release on weareallghosts. The depth of expression contained within the 15 tracks simply stunned me … each track stood on its own merits as its own self-contained piece of...
Topics: ambient, electronic
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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...
Topics: ambient, experimental electronic, atmospheric
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by Cousin Silas | Tim Jones | Kevin Lyons
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waag_rel117 Leftovers. The tracks that make up this album were recorded during the week that Tim Jones & Kevin Lyons spent with Cousin Silas in deepest, darkest Yorkshire. That session, back in 2016, was a wonderful creative outpouring that spawned two albums celebrating Arthur Machen's influential weird fiction. The tracks were recorded at the same time but didn't seem to fit with the theme: they were a little too out there, a bit too noisy, slightly too space for the more earthy nature of...
Topics: ambient, experimental electronic, atmospheric, weird
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by Cousin Silas & Kevin Lyons
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Cousin Silas and Kevin Lyons do it again. With "The Fortean Project (waag_rel122)" they have created another album of dark and atmospheric soundscapes, an album that will soundtrack your wildest Cyclopean nightmares and provide aural accompaniment for your weirdest of unexplainable experiences. The sounds presented here are deliciously dark and seriously spooky, they have a vibrancy that fans of dark ambient will totally get. I, for one, love them and have spoken before about my...
Topics: ambient, atmospheric, dark ambient, spooky
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I recently renewed my Audible subscription and have been intently listening to the audiobook I downloaded from the HP Lovecraft Historical Society's anthology, it boasts of being the complete works of HP Lovecraft and it is a most wonderful listen. The HPLHS have invested a considerable amount of time and effort to really make the stories shine, if shine be the right term for such sinister and otherworldly eldritch tales. If I were to read these weird tales rather than listen to them then I...
Topics: ambient, dark, dark ambient, experimental, weird
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by Cousin Silas | Tim Jones | Kevin Lyons
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Arthur Machen, the Welsh author of the 1890s and early 20th century, is best known for his influential supernatural, fantasy and horror fiction. Machen’s most famous work - The Great God Pan - is new to me but is the source of inspiration for Cousin Silas, Tim Jones & Kevin Lyons along with the series of short stories that their latest album is named after, The Three Imposters. According to Wikipedia, The Three Imposters incorporates several inset weird tales and culminates in a final...
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by Cousin Silas | Tim Jones | Kevin Lyons
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Beginning where the first album left off, "The Three Imposters 2" is further evidence of the creative outpouring that occurred in July 2016 when Cousin Silas, Tim Jones & Kevin Lyons got together to watch obscure Hammer Horror films, eat pizza, drink too much coffee, and discuss their shared love for Arthur Machen's influential weird fiction.  Samples of found sounds, glitchy Radiophonic loops, washes of the most languid synths, an otherworldly choir, and Silas' trademark ambient...
Topics: ambient, dark, dark ambient, experimental, weird