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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 James Hoehl
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It's been a while ... It's been a while since the last release on waag ... and in this time James Hoehl has been busy creating a wonderfully dark and deeply atmospheric ambient album that sits effortlessly with the darker music that have come before it.  My love of atmospheric ambient music is well known and "A Dark Time" is a welcome addition to my personal rotation ... it is evocative and immersive, it entices me in with the opening track - "The Dream Stars" - and holds...
Topics: ambient, dark ambient, 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
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At the start of British Summer Time, we are grateful for the lighter nights ... we have hope in the UK for the future and, as vaccinations continue, we see light at the end of the tunnel ... we'll soon be out of this period of darkness. And it is in this environment, that Cousin Silas brings the fifth part of his " ... and friends, volume eight", a wonderful mix of delightfully gentle ambience ("Bondservant Ballad" by Cousin Silas & Sergio Mariani or "Interplanetary...
Topics: ambient, electronic
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On a rainy, miserable day in May ... we still have hope for the future. There is light at the end of the tunnel and, as shops and restaurants open, we have a taste of what we've missed for so long ... and it tastes good. And it is in this environment, that Cousin Silas brings the sixth and last part of his " ... and friends, volume eight", a wonderful mix of delightfully gentle ambience ("Starscapes" by Cousin Silas & Pat Pik, and "Travelling In Opposite...
Topics: ambient, electronic
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
we are all ghosts
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
we are all ghosts
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
we are all ghosts
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
we are all ghosts
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
we are all ghosts
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
we are all ghosts
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
we are all ghosts
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
we are all ghosts
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
we are all ghosts
by Cousin Silas
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It's been over a year since we had the last Dronescape from Cousin Silas ... and in that time he's been very busy expanding his body-of-work over on his Bandcamp page ( cousinsilas1.bandcamp.com ) as well as with his "...and friends" collaborations here on weareallghosts. I do love his longform pieces and continue to listen regularly to the Dronescapes he has released here ... as well as the Emporium drone series that he self-publishes.  Nothing beats a continuous, unbroken stream of...
Topics: longform, ambient, electronic
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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
we are all ghosts
by asleepinggiant
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Sometimes music evokes feelings and feelings in turn evoke music. I have always tried to put as much of my feelings as possible into my music. I want to tell stories or rather make untold stories heard.  This whole album is based around death, loss, grief and despair. While most of the tracks were made a few months ago, after the untimely passing of my mother I felt I needed to make some more music just to try and cope with the situation. This how the title track and "We are all...
Topics: ambient, abstract
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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
we are all ghosts
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
we are all ghosts
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 Er Go
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"Resonant Arcana (waag_rel147)" blurs lines between ambient, neoclassical, experimental electronic, and shifts effortlessly between them ... it explores a pensive and melancholic sound-world that balances orchestral instrumentation, dynamic synthesisers, and esoteric audio manipulation ... and differs from my first album with a darker tone and wider sonic palette. "Resonant Arcana (waag_rel147)" retains the same emphasis on harmonic and textural richness as  "Into Air...
Topics: ambient, neoclassical, experimental electronic
we are all ghosts
by Thomas Jackson Park
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I'll admit to being new to Generative Music, it is not something I was aware was "a thing" until Thomas Jackson Park pitched the idea to me for his track on last year's compilation, all|is|bright_2020 ... I was intrigued and did a bit of digging. According to Wikipedia, Generative Music is a term popularised by Brian Eno to describe music that is ever-different and changing, and that is created by a system. I was further intrigued and, through our correspondence, Jackson Park let me...
Topics: ambient, generative music, generative
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It's been a while since our last release and I wanted to ensure that we finished the year with this wonderful longform piece from er go. It's been a tough couple of months for me personally and I can only thank Eric Goldman aka er go for his patience, having initially contacted me back in late September. It seems almost fitting to release this album a week after the Winter Solstice ... for as we climb out of the darkness physically, we do so metaphorically too. The worst is behind us and we can...
Topics: ambient, longform, immersive
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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
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by William Spivey
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I am a huge fan of William Spivey's music and when he came to me with this release I was like "YES!!! Now what was it that you wanted to ask?"  I was eager to hear where his music had evolved from our latest outing, "Glimpse (waag_rel051)", back in May, 2014; and I wasn't disappointed: "Air Flows Like Water (waag_rel146)" is a wonderfully meditative album that flows gently along with found sounds and bird song, ambient drones and vibrant synths, verbal prompts,...
Topics: ambient, longform, meditative