Cooperation is defined as "an act or instance of working or acting together for a common purpose or benefit."
Silas & Friends volume 1 (waag_rel015) is a prime example of cooperation in action. Cousin Silas has cooperated with some of the best artists in the ambient genre - Phillip Wilkerson, Bing Satellites, emptywhale, Chris Lynn, Gareth Jones, and Daniel Prendiville - to make some wondrous ambient soundscapes.
Each soundscape is unique to the individual partnership, a product of their pairing. Each track stands alone in this regard.
And yet, this album is wonderfully cohesive, with Cousin Silas bringing it all together nicely and making something beautiful indeed. Something that will stand the test of time.
What's more - inspired by the cooperation embodied by Cousin Silas - I worked with photographer, Basil, and illustrator, Adam Howie, to create a cover fit for this album, one that eloquently represents the music presented.
This project has been an eye-opener for me. It has shown me what can be done when like-minded people come together to work on a common task. I hope you will be as inspired as I am with what can and is possible when creative people work together.
As always, an mp3 version will be available on Archive (archive.org/details/waag_rel015
) for free with a lossless version available here for 'Pay What You Want'.
released 11 February 2013
Please refer to the individual tracks for their respective music credits.
Design & logistics for the whole album: Thomas Mathie for weareallghosts.co.uk
Illustration: Adam Howie for www.illusionaryconstructs.com