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Battlestations’ Epic New Album “Inform” Out Now!

InformHidden Shoal is excited to announce the release of Inform, the epic new album by enigmatic Belgium project Battlestations. The album is available from Bandcamp, Spotify and a host of other online stores and streamers.

Inform is a six-part instrumental suite, composed to be experienced as a whole. Like all great dramatically charged art, tension and narrative thread throughout the album. The listener is immediately transported into a widescreen, otherworldly landscape, where lush synths create a dense atmospheric field, within which piano and guitar trace out delicate figures in the foreground. Each piece unfolds across five, six, seven minutes at a time, building on the previous track’s ambience and branching forth in fresh directions. From the sprawling synth-strings, electronic pulses and anti-gravity guitars of opener ‘Silencer’, through to the precarious emotional peak of finale ‘L’abîme’, the listener is left with no easy resolution.

“If music can be lovely enough to salvage such a soul from the ravages of hell, then this is it. Orpheus would be proud.”A Closer Listen on Vixit

The music of Battlestations is available for licensing for film, tv, web, games and beyond via Hidden Shoal. Check here for more info.

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Battlestations Remasters and Extended Re-Releases

The Death Of The Day ExtendedBattlestations releases remastered version of In a Cold Embrace and a remastered and extended version of Death of the Day. Two stunning releases just got even better. The Death of the Day re-release features an alternate version of the first track, and an unreleased track from the same sessions. Check them both out here.
The music of Battlestations is available for licensing for film, tv, web, games and beyond via Hidden Shoal. Check here for more info.
 
 
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New Battlestations Single, Album Next Week!

InformHidden Shoal is excited to present ‘Silencer’, the stunning first track from Inform, the epic forthcoming album by enigmatic Belgium project Battlestations. The track is available to stream via SoundCloud ahead of the album’s release on the 30th of April 2020.

Inform is a six-part instrumental suite, composed to be experienced as a whole. Like all great dramatically charged art, tension and narrative thread throughout the album. The listener is immediately transported into a widescreen, otherworldly landscape, where lush synths create a dense atmospheric field, within which piano and guitar trace out delicate figures in the foreground. Each piece unfolds across five, six, seven minutes at a time, building on the previous track’s ambience and branching forth in fresh directions. From the sprawling synth-strings, electronic pulses and anti-gravity guitars of opener ‘Silencer’, through to the precarious emotional peak of finale ‘L’abîme’, the listener is left with no easy resolution.

“If music can be lovely enough to salvage such a soul from the ravages of hell, then this is it.  Orpheus would be proud.”A Closer Listen on Vixit

The music of Battlestations is available for licensing for film, tv, web, games and beyond via Hidden Shoal. Check here for more info.

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Rewilding “Rain Patch” Album Out Now

Rain PatchHidden Shoal is proud to announce the official release of Rain Patch, the new album from US based experimental pop project Rewilding. The album is available now in digital and cassette formats via Bandcamp and the new music video for album track ‘Fjord’s End’ on is streaming on YouTube.

Following on from 2017’s self-titled debut album, Rain Patch continues Rewilding’s exploration of the neglected, dusty spaces found between lo-fi indie-pop, post-rock and film soundtracks. While there are the obvious recent touchstones, such as Fridge, Beak and Olivia Tremor Control, and the less obvious, such as the soundtrack to cult 1980s sci-fi movie Liquid Sky, Rain Patch mines a primitive yet mesmerising vein of instrumental music in which process and result are intimately entwined. The songs on Rain Patch are their own ecosystems, requiring the listener to step inside to fully experience their vivid details.

This ecological analogy extends to the process of the album’s creation. In 2017 Jake McFee relocated to Glacier Bay, Alaska, where much of the album was conceived and recorded. Given the limitations of not being able to transport all the studio equipment he used on previous Rewilding music, he wrote and recorded many of the original ideas using small, portable instruments such as hand percussion, glockenspiel, acoustic guitar and mini Korg synths. The summers were spent at Glacier Bay, while winters were spent back in Philadelphia, where he was able to overdub drums and electric guitars. Between 2017 and 2019, the songs evolved into the forms heard on Rain Patch, as McFee reckoned with his experience of witnessing the pristine wilderness of Glacier Bay being transformed by climate change.

The music of Rewilding is available for licensing for film, tv, web, games and beyond via Hidden Shoal. Check here for more info.

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New Liminal Drifter Single and Music Video!

Choir on MarsHidden Shoal is excited to present ‘Choir on Mars’, the first single from Connected, the fourth album by Perth-based ambient electronica artist Liminal Drifter. The track is also accompanied by a wonderful music video from Perth based video artist dQ Video. Stream the track via SoundCloud , watch the video over at YouTube and download at Bandcamp. Connected will see release on May 29th 2020.

Following on from 2018’s wonderfully received The Dreams, Liminal Drifter delivers another suite of mesmeric electronica in his latest outing, Connected. Dripping with dub-inflected rhythms and intricate melodic tapestries, Connected is a collection of eight intangible travelscapes that touch on both the astral and the earthbound. The album’s buoyant and often uplifting electronica belies the conditions under which it was created. Born out of a period of personal trauma, Connected acts as a musical salve and a celebration of important moments. Opener ‘Choir on Mars’ is a playful invitation to enter Liminal Drifter’s bright musical space, its subtly phased electric piano playing against reverberant chords, crisp beats and breathy sampled voices. ‘Braxton’ brings to mind In Sides-era Orbital as it draws you inexorably into its centre. ‘Sheep Radio’ is a happy-to-be-sad slice of daydream-dub electronica, layered with intricate samples and an insistent yet delicate melodic progression. And closing track ‘Atlantean Shaman’ taps into a moody, reflective space, casting a majestic shadow across the preceding 40 minutes of music.

“a beautifully choreographed snapshot of the artist’s knack for the surreal, fluid mechanics of mid-90s electronic music shaped with current-era finesse”Igloo Mag on The Dreams

 

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New Markus Mehr Track and Video – ‘Mount Devil’

Brief ConversationsHidden Shoal is excited to present the first track lifted from Brief Conversations, the forthcoming ninth album by German experimental ambient artist Markus Mehr. ‘Mount Devil’ is available now to stream via SoundCloud with it’s accompanying video available on YouTube. Brief Conversations will see release on the 12th May 2020 in digital and cassette formats.

Brief Conversations is Markus Mehr’s ode to the acoustic properties of the spaces we listen within. High-resolution recordings of rooms acted as the source material, which Mehr then alchemically blended into mesmerising ambient environments, rich with reverberant details. As Mehr explains: “Rooms communicate with us, we can listen to them. Their vocabulary includes their interior, their architecture and their surroundings. The material and arrangement of the walls and their volume determine their resonances and the nature of their reverberation. Thus each room has its own articulation, its own acoustic fingerprint.”

As the mediator between the sounds and their spatial containers, Mehr has exposed a level of granularity we so often ignore, re-shaping the raw materials into immersive new experiences. Despite its challenging conceptual nature, the album is undeniably sensuous and hypnotic, giving up its secrets slowly but surely with repeat listens.

The music of Markus Mehr is available for licensing for film, tv, web, games and beyond via Hidden Shoal. Check here for more info.

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New Rewilding Single and Music Video, Album Soon!

Rain PatchWe’re excited to share the new single and accompanying music video from Rewilding. ‘Home Shore Highlights’ is lifted from the forthcoming Rewilding album Rain Patch, out April 10 2020 in digital and vinyl formats. Stream the track via SoundCloud, watch the video on YouTube and pre-order the album via Bandcamp,

Following on from 2017’s self-titled debut album, Rain Patch continues Rewilding’s exploration of the neglected, dusty spaces found between lo-fi indie-pop, post-rock and film soundtracks. While there are the obvious recent touchstones, such as Fridge, Beak and Olivia Tremor Control, and the less obvious, such as the soundtrack to cult 1980s sci-fi movie Liquid Sky, Rain Patch mines a primitive yet mesmerising vein of instrumental music in which process and result are intimately entwined. The songs on Rain Patch are their own ecosystems, requiring the listener to step inside to fully experience their vivid details.

This ecological analogy extends to the process of the album’s creation. In 2017 Jake McFee relocated to Glacier Bay, Alaska, where much of the album was conceived and recorded. Given the limitations of not being able to transport all the studio equipment he used on previous Rewilding music, he wrote and recorded many of the original ideas using small, portable instruments such as hand percussion, glockenspiel, acoustic guitar and mini Korg synths. The summers were spent at Glacier Bay, while winters were spent back in Philadelphia, where he was able to overdub drums and electric guitars. Between 2017 and 2019, the songs evolved into the forms heard on Rain Patch, as McFee reckoned with his experience of witnessing the pristine wilderness of Glacier Bay being transformed by climate change.

The music of Rewilding is available for licensing for film, tv, web, games and beyond via Hidden Shoal. Check here for more info.

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Epic New Glanko Single Released from Forthcoming Album

Vague HopeFollowing on from his brilliant 2016 EP with Daniel Bailey, Isometrik, Glanko presents ‘Vague Hope’, the first single from his forthcoming album, Remission. ‘Vague Hope’ is an urgent and insistent piece of widescreen noir electronica, pulsing with the throb of the electrical grid. The track builds and surges throughout its 5:30 runtime, its brooding atmosphere building in intensity before ultimately reaching a moment of cathartic release. Stream the track via SoundCloud and YouTube.

“a masterclass in the use of space, poise and timing, a frail and fragile ghost light whose hypnotic lull comes teasingly shimmered in a sparse sleepy headed detailing” – The Sunday Experience on Glanko & Daniel Bailey’s ‘Isometrik’

Glanko is the musical moniker of Italian electronic composer Giuseppe Fallacara. For years, Fallacara played guitar in many bands, before beginning his explorations with electronic music in 2012. His debut album, Alset, was released in 2014. Isometrik, a joint EP with Daniel Bailey, was released on Hidden Shoal in 2016. Second solo album Osmosi was released in 2017. Remission is his third album – and his first full-length solo release for Hidden Shoal. On 22nd February 2020, Glanko will be opening for Janus Rasmussen (one half of Kiasmos with Ólafur Arnalds) at MAT Laboratorio Urbano in Terlizzi, Italy.

The music of Glanko is available for licensing for film, tv, web, games and beyond via Hidden Shoal. Check here for more info.

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REW<< Twin EP Cassette Release

Nageire and KuruvungnaWe’re very excited to announce the official release of Nagiere and Kuruvungna, two stunning new EPs from US artist REW<<. Both EPs are available as limited edition cassette and digital release through Katuktu Collective and Hidden Shoal.

REW<< (Ryan Weber) follows up the release of May’s Salix Babylonica EP with two further neo-classical EPs of exquisite poise. Like the sound of post-ambient duo A Winged Victory for the Sullen unfurling in time-lapse, each EP feels like a melancholic soundtrack to an unseen nature documentary, wistful, mesmeric and full of detail. Rather than aiming for expansiveness, the discreet and patient nature of each track makes its own subtle yet profound gestures, creating a set of miniature interconnected ecosystems that reward close listening.

REW<< is the solo moniker of Ryan E. Weber, who originally hails from the Western shores of Lake Michigan. His previous bands include Camden, The Promise Ring and Decibully, and he is one half of dream-pop duo Eric & Magill. Working on Eric & Magill releases while living in both Kenya and the Republic of Armenia, Weber collaborated over the internet with a host of notable contemporary indie artists, including members of Shearwater, The Dirty Projectors, Owen, Volcano Choir and The Delgados.

The music of REW<<  is available for licensing for film, tv, web, games and beyond via Hidden Shoal. Check here for more info.

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New REW<< Single + Music Video

NageireWe’re excited to present ‘Jonquil’, the first single from “Nageire”, one of two forthcoming EPs from REW<<. The track is available to stream via SoundCloud and it’s accompanying music video can be streamed via YouTube. The Nagiere and Kuruvungna EPs will see cassette and digital release on 3rd December 2019 through Katuktu Collective and Hidden Shoal with pre-orders available now.

REW<< (Ryan Weber) follows up the release of May’s Salix Babylonica EP with two further neo-classical EPs of exquisite poise. Like the sound of post-ambient duo A Winged Victory for the Sullen unfurling in time-lapse, each EP feels like a melancholic soundtrack to an unseen nature documentary, wistful, mesmeric and full of detail. Rather than aiming for expansiveness, the discreet and patient nature of each track makes its own subtle yet profound gestures, creating a set of miniature interconnected ecosystems that reward close listening.

“I definitely have a soft spot in my heart for artists releasing music on the Perth, Australia based label Hidden Shoal. They seem to find artists creating music on the periphery of ambient and neo-classical that melts with a certain kind of sweetness and gentleness. REW<< is certainly no exception, built around a looped piano line and vinyl, analog sounding drones -the main melodic through line of “Sonoran” is a beautiful piece of sepia-tinged nostalgia. Wonderful stuff from this artist and label.”Tome to the Weather Machine

The music of REW<<  is available for licensing for film, tv, web, games and beyond via Hidden Shoal. Check here for more info.

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