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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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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...
Topics: ambient, experimental electronic
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by 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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by Colin Blake
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Back in June 2015, Colin Blake released Faith on weareallghosts (waag_rel072) … it was intended to be the first in a three-part series that follows Colin’s original C60 idea - to create 30 minute slices of sci-fi ambient, slices that could easily fit on the side of a C60 cassette tape. Faith was presented as two “sides”: part 1 and part 2, both running near to 30 minutes each and featuring some delightfully mysterious ambient music. Unfortunately, Hope got sidelined … too many other...
Topics: ambient, electronica, experimental electronic, sci-fi
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by Cousin Silas & Friends
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It could be argued that strange days require strange music ... uneasy listening for uneasy times ... and it can also be argued that one person's uneasy listening is another's vegan quiche. These are strange days indeed. I doubt anyone could have predicted the first-half of 2020 would have been so utterly weird.  Social distancing ... quarantine ... self-isolation ... PPE ... safe, not stuck, at home ... pandemic ... furlough ... terms used daily in the common parlance of those working from...
Topics: ambient, electronic, atmospheric
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I n April, I spoke of strange days requiring strange music ... that uneasy listening is ideally for the uneasy times that we experience.  I didn't think that, in what is now the second-half of 2020, things would remain so utterly weird:  Whilst our shops and restaurants and cafes and pubs open up ... we have face-masks and hand-sanitiser and still cannot hug our loved ones. Our movements are tracked and whole towns have been locked back down due to a resurgence in the virus. We have people...
Topics: ambient, electronic
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In August, when I released part 2 of this compilation, things seemed to be getting better ... restrictions were being lifted and people were accepting the "new normal".  I didn't think that we would see a resurgence in the virus but we did, and with that came more restrictions.  And now, in September, in the midst of all the renewed uncertainty and worry, I am proud to release another of Cousin Silas' exceptional " ... and friends" albums.  Volume 8, part 3 is the prefect...
Topics: ambient, electronic
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At summer's end, as the nights draw in, we need as much light and hope as possible. As the UK endures a second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic and restrictions are being reintroduced, we need something to keep us going ... something to remind us that the sun is still shining above the clouds.  And it is in this environment, that Cousin Silas brings the fourth part of his " ... and friends, volume eight", a wonderful mix of the familiar ("Portland (Rework)" by Cousin Silas...
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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
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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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by 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...
Topics: ambient, electronica, experimental electronic, longform
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by Cousin Silas
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It has been a wee while since we had a dronescape from Cousin Silas, partly because he’s been so busy releasing collaborations and albums on other netlabels. I’ve spoken before about my excitement when I get a dropbox link sent to me … I guess I’m as big a fan as anyone of Dave’s work and still get the feels when I hear a new dronescape from him. Dronescape 033 is an absolute delight: it is the kind of music you want to hear of an lazy Sunday afternoon or a warm bubblebath, music that...
Topics: ambient, longform, drone, electronic
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by Cousin Silas
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Cousin Silas’ 34th dronescape is another exceptional longform ambient soundscape. At 1 second under 73 minutes, it is an epic piece of ambience … one the draws you in and encourages to take a trip of profound personal discovery. Where it will take you, I don’t know … but it takes me to a place where I am truly present, providing me with focus for the here and now, helping me find my flow. Dronescape 034 drowns out the distractions of a very busy, demanding world … and let’s me just...
Topics: ambient, longform, drone, electronic
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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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by 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...
Topics: ambient, experimental electronic, guitar ambient, longform
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by 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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by 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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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
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As we move into 2017 I would like to give you a taste of things to come from weareallghosts … coming up over the next few days we’ll have a remix album from Cousin Silas, an expressive release from Matthew VandenBrook, a retrospective of the musician Chris Newman aka Delicate Apparatus, and a rereleased album from Coloured Lines. We also have this, the 35th dronescape from Cousin Silas. Cousin Silas has promised 50 dronescapes and 2017 will see us get closer to that goal … a bittersweet...
Topics: ambient, longform, drone, electronic
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by Cousin Silas
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by Cousin Silas
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Earlier in the year, August to be exact, I had the privilege of spending a few days in Fife, Scotland; As we drove to our digs in a farmhouse near Glenrothes, we decided to stop off in the beautiful village of Culross for a picnic lunch.  The rain that day did not stop but that didn't deter us from exploring the village. We wandered around the cobbled streets and spent some time in the Palace's Gardens, which were kindly opened by the National Trust for Scotland, the custodians of said...
Topics: ambient, longform, longform ambient, drone
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by Eraser Ears
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When Jaime Munárriz came to me and offered up another live recording from his Eraser Ears [Orejas Borradoras] collective, I jumped at the chance.  I love the soundscapes that they produce because they remind me of Tangerine Dream's seminal mid-70s period: albums like "Rubycon" and "Phaedra" were instrumental in my love and understanding of the broad church called "ambient music" ... and Eraser Ears do remind me of these spontaneous adventures in sound. ...
Topics: ambient, dark ambient, atmospheric, abstract, longform
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by Gurdonark
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"Seclusion (waag_rel138)", the latest album from my dear friend Robert H. Nunnally Jr aka Gurdonark, was created during the Covid-19 pandemic. It features his futuristic lullabies, collages that have been informed and inspired by the lockdown. A sense of unease and of distance pervades these soundscapes ... a  vast yet wistful emptiness that is expressed through uncertainty and dissonance.   These are uneasy times and this is uneasy music for these uneasy times ... but with the...
Topics: ambient, electronic, weird, weirdbient, experimental
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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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by 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,...
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by Scott Lawlor
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Over the last couple of years we’ve feature a series of ambient pieces inspired by and intended for the period of Advent … four pieces for the four Sundays in the month or so before Christmas. This year it was Scott Lawyer’s turn but, due to work and other externalities outwith my control, I was unable to upload before now. Scott’s four pieces were recorded live when he played them, just over a year ago, on stillstream.fm . They are quietly meditative longform pieces that infuse the...
Topics: ambient, electronica, experimental electronic, longform
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by Cousin Silas & Candy L
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For me, it is wonderfully bittersweet to release "Scenes from Suburbia (waag_rel136)" by Cousin Silas & Candy L so close to  Candy's birthday ... I'm not sure how old she would have been if she had not lost her battle against cancer and, to be honest, it doesn't matter ... what matters is that the world and our wee community of DIY ambient musicians is considerably poorer for her not being with us. "Scenes from Suburbia (waag_rel136)" was created in collaboration...
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by 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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It's been a while ... more than four years since the last instalment in the "Tales of Space Exploration" series from Brother Saturn aka Drew Miller ... and in that time Drew has grown as a musician and as a person.  We have heard from Drew in the intervening time ... " Unstable Lands (waag_rel097) ", " Apollo, can you hear me? (waag_rel104) ", and " Music for Sleep (waag_rel130) " ... but there has always been a desire, at least for me, to revisit the...
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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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