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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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How do you follow up 12 hours of creative expression from a master & his friends?  By releasing the best work yet by Brother Saturn, that's how! I was genuinely worried as to how to follow Cousin Silas' recent magnum opus (a series of recordings that have raised nearly £400 for charity at the time of my typing) but when I heard what Drew Miller aka Brother Saturn had for me, I was delighted.  "Apollo, can you hear me?" is possibly Brother Saturn's best work to date, certainly...
Topics: ambient, experimental electronic, atmospheric, longform
we are all ghosts
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...
Topic: ambient
we are all ghosts
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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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 & the Glove of Bones
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Dub is not a genre of music I have explored to any great degree. I am familiar with the work of Osbourne "King Tubby" Ruddock, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Mad Professor, and Adrian Sherwood; but not really gone further than that. However, the work of Cousin Silas and the Glove of Bones has really whetted my whistle for more! I thoroughly enjoyed their previous output - "Ornithology" and "Mabinogi" - but "New Dub Manifesto (waag_rel109)" feels so much...
Topics: ambient, electronic, guitar ambient, dub, instrumental
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by Cousin Silas & Øystein Jørgensen
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100 releases. I know there have been more than 100 releases on weareallghosts ... waag has released singles, dronescapes, and even rereleased albums that it was felt needed further attention ... but it has also put out 100 new, original pieces of music during the 5 years of existence. I'm extremely proud of this fact, very proud indeed.  I have, through weareallghosts, championed some wonderful music and this collaboration between Cousin Silas and Øystein Jørgensen is the very definition of...
Topics: ambient, experimental electronic, atmospheric, longform
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by Cousin Silas
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Cousin Silas' music is a familiar constant in my life. His albums hold a place in my heart along with my favourite books and films; and yet I still get excited when I receive an album from him, eagerly awaiting what new direction he has taken or sound he has returned to. Cousin Silas (waag_rel106) is a fabulous return to the ambient soundscapes of his early weareallghosts releases ... there is something of "The Path Between The Trees (waag_rel001)" in this self-titled release ... a...
Topics: ambient, electronic, guitar ambient
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by Cousin Silas
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Not everyone can write longform music. It's not just a case of repeating a phrase and stretching it out for over an hour to create your drone; you have to make it interesting, and engaging ... it has to grab the listener's attention and keep it ... and it has to, dare I say, entertaining!  To make that kind of music take time and it takes talent ... and, most of all, it takes patience.  I am so glad Cousin Silas has all three!  weareallghosts are proud to present the thirty-sixth dronescape...
Topics: longform, ambient, drone
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by Cousin Silas
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I always love it when the next dronescape arrives and I can dig deep ... I've been really busy with a new project in my day job and have thoroughly enjoyed diving into the detail with Cousin Silas' 37th longform dronescape to keep my company.  Simply put: it is a delight ... sonic healing for a heavy heart and a congested mind, aural balm for the times we can't quite focus; Recently the Guardian did an article on ambient music ... in it they described one particular artist as "ambient for...
Topics: ambient, experimental electronic, atmospheric, drone, longform
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by Cousin Silas
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Cousin Silas shows no signs of flagging as we reach his thirty-eighth ... he takes his signature longform drone sound and creates another deep, drifting soundscape with all the added flourishes that we have grown accustomed to: the waves of guitar  juxtaposed with the choral synth, the apparently random notes on the keyboard that always appear at just the right time, the flashes of brilliance that keep you coming back for more; I can't get enough of these soundscapes: I find them both relaxing...
Topics: ambient, experimental electronic, atmospheric, longform
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by Cousin Silas
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Permutations is the second in Cousin Silas' remix projects. As with Recrudescence (waag_rel094) our favourite Cousin has reworked his original soundscapes (the exact ones he will not divulge to me) to create something wonderfully fresh and new that will enthral all who listen.  Permutations consists of seven tracks that vary in length for approximately six and a half minutes through to nearly seventeen. They all have Cousin Silas' delightfully gentle and languid longform vibe but their...
Topics: ambient, electronic, longform
we are all ghosts
by Cousin Silas and The Glove Of Bones
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Originally released on the now defunct digitalDIZZY netlabel ... Ornithology is a delightfully dubby collaboration between Cousin Silas and Adrian Nicholls aka The Glove Of Bones. It is an album that is simply too good to languish in obscurity and one I am proud to re-release on weareallghosts. Ornithology isn't your usual release for waag: the emphasis on field recordings and found sounds is atypical ... and the drifting dubby, electronic sounds are new to us.  But, and it is a big but, this...
Topics: ambient, dub, ambient dub, field recordings, birds, 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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A few months back, Wolfgang Gsell, ambient artist extraordinare and radio show host ( www.modul303.com ), posted a call for music for his upcoming themed shows. At first, I planned to just do a series of pieces for the shows. Then, I realized that this was a wonderful opportunity to kick-start some collaborations so I created a set of base tracks reflecting the themes listed by Wolfgang: Winter, Holy and Silent, Memories, Weightless, and Mountains. Some wonderful ambient composers agreed to...
Topics: ambient, experimental electronic, atmospheric, drone, 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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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
we are all ghosts
by Mabinogi (waag_rel096) (draft) by Cousin Silas & The Glove Of Bones
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Mabinogi Taking it's title from the Medieval text, The Mabinogion (a loose translation of this being Juvenile Distractions), this work takes on non-narrative considerations about passing time, the joy of travel & landscape.  Based round film and field recordings made on location in Pembroke, South Wales, this adds three new "branches" to the original stories. Each bears a Welsh language name and are broadly linked to Earth, Water & Air.  In translation:  1- Taith Hir (Long...
Topics: ambient, field recordings, dark ambient
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by Matthew VandenBrook
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Oblique, the latest release by Matthew VandenBrook on weareallghosts, is a fully immersive and adventurous journey ... from the opening atmospherics of "An evolution of the path" to the closing piano of "The Transcience of Beautiful Things" ... the listener is bathed in exotic, otherworldly ambience that enthrals and engages.  VandenBrook's use of sound is remarkable ... I have always thought this but he really has confirmed it on Oblique ... the quirky notes and electronic...
Topics: ambient, drone, electronic
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by Cousin Silas
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According to the dictionary, recrudescence means ... "breaking out afresh or into renewed activity; revival or reappearance in active existence" ... and it is a fitting albeit tongue-tying title for a collection of music by Cousin Silas that he himself has remixed, rearranged and revived.  Recrudescence means to reopen and make raw again as in to reopen a wound. I see this more as a potter remoulding their clay, reshaping it, reusing it as they see fit. Silas is the potter and his...
Topics: ambient, longform, drone, electronic, rework
we are all ghosts
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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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...
Topic: Ambient
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I've always loved the "and friends" series from Cousin Silas ... it reads like a who's who of our particular musical niche. And one such collaboration that I've always looked for is between Cousin Silas and Head Joint. Head Joint are Victor Rivkin (who handles vocals, guitar, bass and a number of other instruments) and Michael Jobborn (with his Midi Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Guitars, Piano, and various other sound-making devices), and they make wondrously progressive instrumental...
Topics: ambient, electronic, guitar ambient, drone, instrumental