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Slow Dancing Society “The Torchlight Parade Vol.1″ Out Now!

The Torchlight ParadeThe stunning The Torchlight Parade Vol.1, the ninth album from US-based ambient artist Slow Dancing Society (Drew Sullivan) is now officially available. The album is the first installment of a two part series with Vol.II seeing release in August this year. For the uninitiated,  Sullivan’s debut, The Sound of Lights When Dim, which celebrated its 10th anniversary last year, is now considered one of the classics of modern ambient. The album is available now via Bandcamp and all good 3rd party digital stores.

Continuing Drew Sullivan’s nocturnal explorations, The Torchlight Parade takes a smouldering instrumental palette and sparks it to life with gorgeous slo-mo guitar, pulsating synth bass and sparse beatwork. While SDS’s discography is best described as immersive, The Torchlight Parade feels submersive, pulling the listener into an instrumental soundworld with a genuine depth and distinct sense of place. All of the song titles on The Torchlight Parade refer to actual roads or places in Sullivan’s home town of Spokane, Washington, mapping out a deeply personal musical psychogeography. A spiritual successor to 2012’s Laterna Magica, the album extends its cinematic intentions through vividly filmic narratives, presenting an incredibly cohesive whole.

Slow Dancing Society’s entire catalogue is available for licensing across tv, film, games, web and beyond. Contact us for more information.

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Crisopa’s “Transhumante [Extended]” Out Now!

Transhumante [Extended]We’re so excited to be able to announce the official release of Transhumante [Extended] by Spanish electronica producer Crisopa. This sublime album is available now via Bandcamp and all good third party stores. Stream the beautiful opening track ‘Bird Song Reincarnation’ via SoundCloud.

“Oh my – this is gorgeous… Every track has something surprising and comforting, and its own unique atmosphere and personality, yet it all comes together to be a beautifully consistent and enjoyable album blending the new with the familiar”[sic] Magazine

Crisopa’s original 2017 release of Transhumante (via the Sound in Silence label) presented an immersive suite of deeply evocative and melodic ambient electronica. The new extended version of the album includes six beautiful new additions, bathing the listener in waves of ecstatic synth swells, textural loops and insistent rhythms. These surging, emotive tracks simultaneously summon forth aching nostalgia and a blissful state of hopefulness. Anyone who enjoys deep, vivid electronica in the vein of Boards of Canada, Manual and Hammock will find themselves right at home in Crisopa’s beatific compositions.

All tracks from Transhumante [Extended] are available for licensing across film, tv, games, web and beyond. Contact us for more details.

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Medard Fischer ‘No Input’ – New Single and Music Video

Medard FischerWe’re very excited to share the epic new single, ‘No Input’, from Medard Fischer (Arc Lab, Down Review). Check out the wonderful music video for the song on YouTube or stream it via SoundCloud. ‘No Input’ is cut from Fischer’s forthcoming album Lucky You which sees release on the 25th of May and is available for pre-order now via Bandcamp.

On Lucky You, Medard Fischer’s creative process was influenced by his father’s struggle with cancer and tragic passing. While coming to terms with his loss, Fischer was intrigued by recent studies suggesting that more than two-thirds of cancerous mutations may be caused by random replication errors, and was inspired to explore how the implications of chance shape lives in both ordinary and profound ways. Taking its cues from generative music and sound collage, stochastic processes are central throughout Lucky You; they define timbres, melodies and entire song structures. Elements pop in and out like sparks, driven by random number generators, multi-tiered probability gates and feedback loops cycling through old electronics. Yet, despite its conceptual underpinning, Lucky You has immediate emotional resonance, befitting the circumstances that inspired it. Pieces shift from playful to contemplative and from hopeful to haunting  – tracing contours of moments lived in the shadow of chance, by turns beautiful and tragic.

Medard Fischer’s music is available for licensing across film, tv, games, web and beyond. Contact us for more details.

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Hidden Shoal Artists Featured on Rudy Maxa Soundtrack

Willem GatorThe new episode from the award winning Rudy Maxa’s World is airing tonight on PBS. Why should you care about this Emmy award winning tv show? Besides being a brilliant travel show that uses food and local producers to tell it’s stories, it also features music licensed by Hidden Shoal from Willem Gator, Apricot Rail, PERTH and Kryshe. We also have a number of tracks featured on previous and future episodes, so keep your eyes out! Read more about the show here.

Hidden Shoal has an incredible catalogue of music available for licensing. Read more about our services here.

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New Slow Dancing Society Single, Forthcoming Album

Drew SullivanWe’re very excited to announce The Torchlight Parade, the forthcoming ninth album from US-based ambient artist Slow Dancing Society (Drew Sullivan). Sullivan’s debut, The Sound of Lights When Dim, which celebrated its 10th anniversary last year, is now considered one of the classics of modern ambient. The first cut from the new album, ‘East Sprague’, is available now via SoundCloud and Bandcamp, with the full album seeing release on the 4th of May.

“To a secret and hidden place where the past and present merge in a luminous cascade of sights and sounds which few can discern. How far can one artist and their craft pull you out of your own life? Listen to this album and decide that for yourself, only don’t do it hastily and don’t expect it all to hit you at once. This individual clearly revels in the sublime, no note is out of place, no hint of beauty given up rashly. Everything is conceived and composed to hit all those sweet spots in your head which you thought no one else could. It’s divine here, think I’ll stay a while.”” – Santa Sangre on The Cogent Sea

Continuing Drew Sullivan’s nocturnal explorations, The Torchlight Parade takes a smouldering instrumental palette and sparks it to life with gorgeous slo-mo guitar, pulsating synth bass and sparse beatwork. While SDS’s discography is best described as immersive, The Torchlight Parade feels submersive, pulling the listener into an instrumental soundworld with a genuine depth and distinct sense of place. All of the song titles on The Torchlight Parade refer to actual roads or places in Sullivan’s home town of Spokane, Washington, mapping out a deeply personal musical psychogeography. A spiritual successor to 2012’s Laterna Magica, the album extends its cinematic intentions through vividly filmic narratives, presenting an incredibly cohesive whole.

Slow Dancing Society’s music is available for licensing (film, tv, web etc) via Hidden Shoal. Check here for more information.

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Erik Nilsson “The Imperfect Tense” Out Now!

The Imperfect TenseWe’re very excited to announce the release of The Imperfect Tense, the brilliant new album by Swedish instrumental experimentalist Erik Nilsson. The album is available now via Bandcamp and all good 3rd party stores such as iTunes and Spotify. Stream the epic album closer, ‘Once, I Held You In My Arms Forever,’ via SoundCloud.

From the cascading acoustic guitar loops of ‘A Tap At The Window’ through to the emotive found-sound, post-rock crescendo of closer ‘Once, I Held You In My Arms Forever’, The Imperfect Tense triangulates a musical landscape of potent melodic terrain, full of evocative details and melancholic shadows. Nilsson expertly interweaves the electronic with the acoustic, precision-crafting each track with an auteur’s ear for dynamics and space, resulting in an instrumental suite that is as accessible as it is experimental.

Erik Nilsson’s music is available for licensing for film, tv, games web and compilations. More information on Hidden Shoal’s licensing services here.

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Todd Tobias “Massabu Evening Entertainments” Out Now!

Massabu Evening EntertainmentsWe’re excited to announce the official release of Massabu Evening Entertainments, the new album from American experimental rockist and soundscaper Todd Tobias (Guided by Voices producer, Circus Devils, Robert Pollard collaborator). The album is out now via Hidden Shoal and Tiny Room Records and is available on CD, cassette and digital via Bandcamp and all good 3rd party stores.

This time Tobias breaks out a rollicking set of Middle-Eastern flavored psychedelia. Massabu‘s 13 breathless tracks evoke a night club grotto in some exotic port town filled with wild dancers and intoxicating fumes. Tobias is joined on three tracks by Italian vocalist Pat Moonchy, who lends a playful, otherworldly touch.

The quartet Combo Qasam will perform Massabu Evening Entertainments in The Netherlands as of March, 2018. Show dates: March 22, 2018 (Amsterdam/OCII), March 23 (Rotterdam / WORM) and March 25 (Utrecht / STUDIO PATRICK).

Todd Tobias’s music is part of the Hidden Shoal licensing catalogue and available for use across film, tv, games, web and beyond.

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Three Questions with Erik Nilsson

Erik NilssonErik Nilsson creates music that, in someways, defies logic. It is intrinsically linked to the manipulation and re-ordering of the “natural”, yet through this process somehow creates a new “nature”. Releases such as Hearing Things, Recollage and his forthcoming The Imperfect Tense are testaments to Nilsson’s innate sense of melody and progressive compositional strategies. Drawing on folk, classical and electronica, Nilsson blends acoustic instruments with field recordings and computer-generated sounds, crafting music akin to early Four Tet, Tortoise at their most minimal, and fellow Scandinavian soundscapers The Gentleman Losers. Yet all his work sounds like Erik Nilsson.

To get a glimpse inside the master’s mind we asked Erik to pull three questions out of the bag…

What kind of activity is your music made for?

I imagine that the music I make likes to put its listener in a state of “inwardness”. Perhaps it is music for the activity of paying close attention, either to the music itself or to some other solitary activity: walking, sitting, reading, breathing, running. I particularly admire a piece of music that sometimes just lends a certain emotional quality to my surroundings or to whatever I am up to , the next day has me counting beats, and the day after that seems to be all about texture. That is the kind of music I aspire to make.

Why make music?

Because it presents an opportunity to apply oneself – mind, body, and soul – to the construction of something like a rudimentary, abstract, self-contained world. Such a world makes possible the experience and exploration of longing, elation, sadness, grief, or ecstasy as such, in the absence of any particular cause or object. One may for instance try being gentle (as such) or aggressive (as such), probe the relationship between the two, or push either or both as far a one possibly can. There is obviously a tremendous sense of freedom here, but also a sense of duty. Musical ideas always seem to have potentiality, to be en route somewhere – to demand something. One listens carefully and labours to bring potentiality into (imperfect) being. Somehow, it reminds me of what it is like to be alive.

What’s your most treasured item of musical gear?

A Martin HD-28 that friends and family had got me as a graduation gift. Not only do I love to play it, it reminds me of people I love, and also of the fact that I have it in me to carry something difficult to completion.

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Connected View “Chun Pop” Out Now!

Chun Pop Cover ArtWe’re very excited to finally be able to lay Chun Pop on you, the brilliant new album by experimental instrumental pop trio Connected View. The album follows on from single ‘Dark Dogs’, accompanied by a wonderful music video by Australian video artist and Hidden Shoal head honcho Cam Merton. Chun Pop is available now via Bandcamp and all good online stores.

The on-the-fly yet incredibly dreamy nature of Chun Pop’s magic feels like switching between hidden late-night radio stations after a handful of quaaludes. Whether it’s the filthy, sinuous bass of ‘Galacticraft II’ or the interweaving synth tones of ‘Energy Positive House’, all the musical decisions here feel inspired, without obtrusive thought. Right from brooding opening track and single ‘Dark Dogs’, the album feels like eavesdropping on a wonderfully flowing jam session, with each successive track a gleaming gem that radiates and reflects off its neighbours in fascinating ways.

Chun Pop is also part of the Hidden Shoal licensing catalogue and available for use across film, tv, games, web and beyond.

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Summon the Birds Live on RRR

Summon the BirdsMany thanks to Triple R – 3RRR 102.7FM for having Summon the Birds on The Party Show on Saturday night to play a few stripped-back tunes. Listen back here and seek out the songs – ‘London Tap Water’ is at 31:45, ‘The Anatomy Lesson’ is at 58:55, and ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth pt 1′ is at 1:34:50. Beautiful stuff!

And of course don’t forget the band’s album launch for Blood Love is coming up this Saturday afternoon at The Workers Club, Fitzroy. More details here.

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