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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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we are all ghosts
by UNATTRIBUTED
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The name UNATTRIBUTED is a play on words.  The artist is a long-time advocate of Creative Commons licensing, which fundamentally incorporates the idea of attribution. The idea of numbering the titles of releases and tracks is derived from a series of releases in which artists are allowed to explore any style of music they want, free from the confines of their percieved identity. UNATTRIBUTED is a cross-style project that is currently focusing on ambient, abstract, experimental, drone, and...
Topics: ambient, noise, experimental, abstract, drone
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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
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
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waag_drs039 It has been a while since dronescape 038 and in that time waag has released a number of different flavours of our favourite Cousin's ambient music: remixed, one-take guitar-orientated, dub, progressive, and atmospheric; and whilst I love all that he releases, I do have a soft spot for his dronescapes.  There is something about Cousin Silas' longform ambient music that sucks me in and envelops me like a warm Pendleton blanket, comforting me and relaxing me, stilling my busy head and...
Topics: ambient, electronic, longform, atmospheric, experimental
we are all ghosts
by Cousin Silas
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I really enjoyed listening to Cousin Silas' first voyage into Berlin School style longform electronic adventures, Unlimited Boundaries (waag_rel114) ... I still do, in fact, and never thought a follow-up would be so hot on its heels.       Galactic Procession (waag_rel116) follows closely in the footsteps of its predecessor albeit with a sound that is, again, reminiscent of Virgin-era Tangerine Dream or Klaus Schulze. It isn't a rehashing of the work that's come before ... either Silas or...
Topics: ambient, longform, electronic, Berlin School
we are all ghosts
by Cousin Silas
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Each track on Twang Eight is an improvisation on guitar recorded live in one-take. No edits or overdubs, just one man and his guitar pushing the boundaries of sound. And I cannot get enough! From the opening track, "Movements Of A Celestial Nature", with its otherworldly choir and oppressive dark ambient air through to the spacious, light-filled "Summer Sunrise" with its sustained guitar, this is an album that both surprises and delights the dedicated listener. I have always...
Topics: ambient, electronic, improvisation, guitar ambient, drone, dark ambient
we are all ghosts
by Cousin Silas
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This is Cousin Silas' 200th release. Not with weareallghosts, although we do have a good share of those 3 digits, but in total. 200 releases. 200 pieces of music brought into this world for folks like you and me to enjoy. I am both astounded by this and grateful that "Unlimited Boundaries (waag_rel114)" found a home with waag. "Unlimited Boundaries (waag_rel114)" is a wonderfully peaceful, 60 minute long, electronic piece in the Berlin School style of Virgin Records-era...
Topics: ambient, longform, electronic, Berlin School
we are all ghosts
by Cousin Silas
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It has been a while since dronescape 039 ... nearly six months, in fact, and in that time Cousin Silas has released a couple of longform pieces inspired by the Berlin School of electronic music. He's also released the final selection of music created by him, in partnership with Tim Jones and Kevin Lyons; and he's began to rerelease his legendary TWANG! series. He's also been rather prolific on other netlabels, for example with two collections of "Short Stories" on the fab studio 4632....
Topics: ambient, longform, electronic
we are all ghosts
by Cousin Silas
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Topics: ambient, atmospheric, drone, longform, electronic
we are all ghosts
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
we are all ghosts
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
we are all ghosts
by Eraser Ears
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I am a huge fan of the mid-seventies Tangerine Dream albums such as Phaedra and Rubycon. I love their sprawling nature and the twists and turns that these recordings take. I am also a big fan of the music of REDSHIFT. Albums like Ether and Halo have left an indelible mark on me. Again, I just adore their sprawling, apparently improvised soundscapes. It is in this context that I came to "Live at Vista" by Eraser Ears, a project involving Jaime Munárriz, a chap I've known for a wee...
Topics: ambient, experimental electronic, atmospheric, longform
we are all ghosts
by Matthew VandenBrook
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I have a real fondness for Matthew VandenBrook and his uniquely particular (and particularly unique) version of experimental electronic music.  He pushes boundaries and, at times, challenges me within his prolific expressions ... often leaving me perplexed until (as much through exposure as epiphany) the lightbulb comes on and I get to see (hear) his music through his eyes (ears). "Flux" is such an album. I cannot begin to describe the sounds featured on "Flux", it truly...
Topics: ambient, electronic, experimental, experimental electronic
we are all ghosts
by George L Smyth
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Now here's something new: some modern classical music for you on weareallghosts. I was approached by George L Smyth a wee while ago now with a couple of the tracks that now appear on this album. His email came out-of-the-blue (I'm not a big fan of unsolicited contact) but as he was a friend of Rebekkah Hilgraves and had featured on her show, I was willing to take time out to listen to what he had ... and I am so glad I did! "Winterfylleth" is the Old English name for the month of...
Topics: ambient, modern classical
we are all ghosts
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
we are all ghosts
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
we are all ghosts
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
we are all ghosts
by Cousin Silas & Kevin Buckland
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Of all the music Cousin Silas has released, especially on weareallghosts, I am fondest of his longform pieces. I find his Dronescapes especially fascinating because they have a versatility about them: I listen to them at work when I need to find my flow and block out a busy, open-plan office; I listen to them on the train when I want to dig into a book and block out a busy carriage; I listen to them when I need to rest and block out the busyness of my home and/or my brain; They work for me on a...
Topics: ambient, guitar ambient, meditative
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...
Topics: ambient, atmospheric, 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...
Topic: Ambient
we are all ghosts
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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After the warm reception of "Winterfylleth (waag_rel111)", I was eager to work with George L Smyth again and was delighted when he submitted this five-track album that was inspired by the heavenly bodies that easily define our concept of space: we look up in the night sky and can see the Bears or Orion's Belt, and in doing so we dream of what it would be like to be there. Space has always captured our imagination as humans ... the pioneering spirit of adventure, the unspoilt beauty...
Topics: ambient, modern classical, space themes
we are all ghosts
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
we are all ghosts
by Cousin Silas
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As promised, albeit slightly later that I had initially envisaged, I present the first Twang! from Cousin Silas.  I am proud to rerelease this selection of one-take guitar improvs on weareallghosts, proud and happy to bring these tracks back for your listening pleasure. I was not alone in expressing my displeasure when the Twang! series disappeared from view, but I am delighted to work with Cousin Silas to bring them back ... along with a couple of bonus tracks. No edits. No overdubs. Just one...
Topics: ambient, electronic, dark ambient, atmospheric, experimental
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by Cousin Silas
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Here we go again with another selection of one-take guitar improvs on weareallghosts from Cousin Silas ... along with a couple of bonus tracks. As before: no edits ... no overdubs. Just one man and his extensive collection of guitars ... pushing the boundaries of atmospheric sound.  Twang Two ... or Twang! Too ... or waag_rrl008 ... however you want to call it deserves another listen. It didn't deserve to be abandoned as it was and I, for one, am glad to give it a home on waag, albeit slightly...
Topics: ambient, experimental electronic, atmospheric, guitar ambient