The Sound of Silas (waag_CDr001)

by Cousin Silas

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Richard Gürtler
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Richard Gürtler "The Sound Of Silas" is a really triumphant celebration of Cousin Silas' virtuosity, no less than 150 minutes of high quality ambience is delivered here, exceptionally fusing electronics with piano and electric guitars. Bravo to Cousin Silas for his artistry, bravo to Thomas Mathie for bringing this jewel to us, bravo to all others involved, you all have my deep respect for this prodigious sonic document!!! Obviously one of the pinnacles of 2014!!!
mark (spaced man)
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mark (spaced man) I have just had my first chance to listen to this magnificent album...

The first nine tracks cover Cousin Silas own journey through making superb music. From light to dark we get an Endless Summer & darker overtones from the Into The Dark series, this really is a must have!

The new 9 tracks are pretty special, when I heard the first one I wondered what the heck jerked me out of my reverie!

Awesome!

Steve Roach eat your heart out...

This Palette is breathtaking. Favorite track: Mini Dronescape.
RadHaus US
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RadHaus US Ah, Cousin, your work just gets better and better. Each new album becomes a favorite, and we could create an entire library made up solely of your releases. This is such an interesting blend of lyricism and fascinating, glitchy noises, great guitar sounds, rhythms that all work together incredibly well. Just beautiful!!
Brian Bourassa
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Brian Bourassa "Cousin Silas grew a beard, drew another flask of weird."
- King Crimson: Happy Family

Nothing weird about this music, though, just 18 awesome tracks that demonstrate the amazing quality and diversity of the sound of Silas, who's music is truly at the forefront of the ambient world. Favorite track: Endless Summer.
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    Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    The first weareallghosts physical release features photography by Oleg Tishkovets in a beautiful fold out digipack created by Brin Coleman (aka Bing Satellites) for scramsons.co.uk.

    The music on this double CD is by everyone's favourite cousin - Cousin Silas - and was mastered by Tim Jones. The first CD contains remastered 'classics' along with a brand new mini dronescape whereas the second CD contains approximately 70 minutes of brand new music.

    On the inside Kevin Lyons waxes lyrical for the liner notes, giving us food for thought on his pal Silas.

    The physical copy will contain a 'weareallghosts' badge and a postcard with a download code to a remix album with tracks revisioned by Jack Hertz, Kevin Lyons, Bing Satellites, Shane Morris and Ade Hodges. This remix album is only available via this CD.

    This is the first time we have released a CD so please, please be patient. We aim to get the CDs in the post as near to release date as possible.

    - Tx

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about

Cousin Silas has been creating extraordinarily beautiful ambient music since 2001, drawing inspiration as much from the work of J.G. Ballard and H.P. Lovecraft as from Brian Eno or Michael Brooks. He's so far put his name to over fifty releases and made innumerable appearances on compilations and collaborative works. Highly prolific (he'll very likely have another album out by the time you've finished reading these notes...) and always eager to collaborate, he is pleasingly consistent and his back catalogue is one any musician would be proud to call their own.

This long-overdue compilation of some of his finest work on the
weareallghosts netlabel is the perfect showcase for the breadth of his sound. Blending software synthesisers, piano and guitar into beguiling soundscapes; Silas has the enviable ability to make every release sound distinct from the last, while still retaining the trademarks that mark him out from the ambient crowd. Like all musicians, techniques, styles and ideas recur throughout his work but as you'll discover here, no two pieces are ever the same.

As you'll find as you navigate your way through the Sound of Silas he is as adept at the darker, more disturbing form of ambient as he at the more uplifting and joyous, ranging from the brooding intensity of the aptly named Into the Dark (parts 1 and 7) to the shimmering tranquillity of Endless Summer. You'll find drones and beats, melodies and abstract sounds all rubbing sonic shoulders in this wide-ranging and endlessly rewarding collection. Disc 2 features all new material, much of it recorded on Silas' impressive collection of guitars using a Fishman Triple Play MIDI pick-up. The mix of synthetic sounds and the organic nature of the guitar give these tracks a life and beauty that a simple keyboard alone could never manage.

If you're new to the music of Cousin Silas, you're in for a treat. If you're an old hand, you'll already know some of the pleasure you can expect from this collection. Turn out the lights, put on your headphones and immerse yourself - and there's no better word that suits this music than 'immersive' - and revel in the many and varied sounds of Cousin Silas.

- Kevin Lyons, 2014

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released September 29, 2014

Music Cousin Silas
Mastered by Tim Jones
Photography by Oleg Tishkovets
Liner Notes by Kevin Lyons
Design & Logistics by Thomas Mathie for weareallghosts.co.uk

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Founded by music fan Thomas Mathie aka Headphonaught as a means of giving back to the independent music community...... weareallghosts.co.uk is a small netlabel & private press based in Motherwell, Scotland; that specialises in ambient electronic soundscapes but is open to other styles of music. ... more

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