Liminal Drifter is an ongoing travelogue between identities, physical places and states of consciousness. Many of these dreamy, evocative slices of ambient electronica evolved on hand-held mobile devices, away from the studio, while traveling or visiting new places. This sense of contemplative, exploratory rootlessness imbues his work with the wistfulness and open narrative we often associate with travel.
The Night Train Vacancies
On Night Train Vacancies, Liminal Drifter takes his ideas of shifting identities, travel and states of consciousness to the logical extreme. While most of debut album Troubled Mystic (Hidden Shoal, 2015) was written while travelling and visiting new places, The Night Train Vacancies sees Liminal Drifter’s music taking new journeys of its own. By throwing the original tracks out into the world, to be reinterpreted by artists such as Erik Nilsson, Matt McLean (of Lilt), Lvmark, p_Frisk and Robwun, Simon Order has invested his musical flights of fancy with fresh wings.
Labelmate Erik Nilsson’s reworking of ‘Troubled Mystic’ is an exercise in both restraint and expansion, reining in the original’s downtempo beats and horns, pairing Chloe March’s voice with nylon-string guitar and shimmering synth. Matt McLean, working under the moniker of Feeding | Ear, morphs the ambient electronica of ‘Adventure Beyond the Body’ into a spectral, tension-and-release banger. p-Frisk’s sublime mashup seamlessly interweaves three originals from Troubled Mystic into an eerie shuffle, populated by ghostly hooks, while Order’s own remix of labelmate Kryshe’s ‘Lullaby’ renders the original in a palette that sits beautifully with the other tracks. In fact, if there’s a distinguishing feature of this collection, it’s how well the tracks flow together, despite the variety of remixers involved and their diverse approaches to the source material.
Troubled Mystic is the debut album by Australian electronic artist Liminal Drifter, featuring collaborations with English dream-pop artist Chloe March. Drawing on the seminal Warp releases of the ’90s, including Black Dog, Plaid and early Autechre, as well as more contemporary peers, Liminal Drifter evokes a spectrum of emotions across beautifully detailed electronic tapestries. Moving from downtempo dream-pop to shimmering, spacey electronica, this suite of songs works as if by osmosis, gently irradiating your subconscious. Liminal Drifter roves widely and deeply across Troubled Mystic’s hour-long run-time, allowing the songs to breathe and cross-pollinate. The title track punctuates a bright, shuffling groove with golden swells of brass and an aching vocal from Chloe March. ‘Dark Sunlight’ recalls the brooding majesty of Massive Attack’s ‘Inertia Creeps’. And gorgeous closer ‘Soothed by Summer’ vibrates with crystalline melancholia, resonating long after the last note has dropped.
Liminal Drifter is Dr. Simon Order. Under the ’90s moniker of dUB Rumble, Order worked with UK prog rockers Galahad on Deconstructing Ghosts, assumed bass and production duties with Dorset funksters The Bird Tribe, and produced acoustic blues band The Producers’ Nearly Wired album. He also brings numerous TV, film and radio sound credits from ol’ Blighty. Order landed in Western Australia in 2005 and went on sonic hiatus until 2013, when he emerged from the wilderness to resume working on tracks as Liminal Drifter.
Order is also an academic at Perth’s Murdoch University, where he researches radio and music technology, including radio production, community media, user-interface usability, and the use of music technology in teaching and learning.
We’re excited to announce the forthcoming release of The Night Train Vacancies, the new album featuring remixes of tracks by Perth-based ambient electronica artist Liminal Drifter. The album is available now for pre-order and will see release on the 28th of August 2017. Stream Erik Nilsson’s sublime remix of ‘Troubled Mystic’ over at SoundCloud and pre-order the album in digital and CD formats (including stunning artwork by Stuart Medley) via the Liminal Drifter Bandcamp.
On The Night Train Vacancies, Liminal Drifter’s music is reinterpreted by artists such as Matt McLean (of Lilt), Lvmark, p_Frisk, ddos, Warren Scott, Striphy, escue and Robwun. While most of debut album Troubled Mystic (Hidden Shoal, 2015) was written while travelling, The Night Train Vacancies sees the original tracks taking new journeys of their own, woven together into a remix album that flows beautifully as a whole – from restrained and expansive reworkings to spectral tension-and-release bangers.
Hidden Shoal is excited to end the celebration of its 10th year of existence with the new compilation album Eat Your Friends, comprising remixes and covers of Hidden Shoal artists, by Hidden Shoal artists. This freely downloadable album not only showcases the wealth of original music released through Hidden Shoal, but also the creative ingenuity and deft musical touch of the remixers and cover artists.
From searing solar-flared adaptations to delicately reconstructed covers, deep space jam reworkings, and shimmering ambient tapestries, Eat Your Friends reimagines the Hidden Shoal discography in new and beautiful ways, playing to all the strengths of the roster’s dizzying array of talent.
Includes remixes and covers by: Antonymes, Arc Lab, Glanko, Wayne Harriss, Liminal Drifter, Makee, Chloe March, Markus Mehr, Erik Nilsson, REW<<, Slow Dancing Society, Tin Manzano, Willem Gator, and Zealous Chang of music by: Arc Lab, Brother Earth, Cheekbone, City of Satellites, Medard Fischer, Gilded, Glanko & Daniel Bailey, Kryshe, Memorybell, Erik Nilsson, perth, Slow Dancing Society, Tangled Star, Umpire, and Zealous Chang.
Eat Your Friends is available now as a free download via Bandcamp and is also streamable via SoundCloud. Listen and then throw yourself into the wormhole as you explore the originals and more work by the remixers and cover artists. For all the filmmakers, games designers and others in need of engaging music, don’t forget that all tracks in our catalogue are available for licensing (film, tv, games, compilations etc).
Check out this fantastic interview with Liminal Drifter (aka Dr Simon Order) on Pirate 88 Radio! Simon even spills the beans on a Hidden Shoal release that not even we have mentioned yet, talks about his collaboration with Chloe March and also his top ten listing in the SBS Chill Chillest Tracks for 2016. Listen and find out!
Hidden Shoal is extremely excited to be celebrating its 10th birthday this month. It’s hard to believe that back in May 2006, Perth-based musicians Cam Merton, Stuart Medley and Malcolm Riddoch began Hidden Shoal Recordings as a means to put out releases by local artists. Tim Clarke, based in Melbourne, joined the team in 2007. Hidden Shoal has since gone on to become a much-loved independent label and publisher, releasing over 120 albums from a diverse range of international artists and licensing music from its catalogue across film, tv, web and compilation.
Stay tuned for special anniversary announcements in the coming months!
How’s this for exciting news – Liminal Drifter‘s ‘Soothed by Summer‘ just scooped the number 10 spot on SBS Chills’ “Chillest 100″! The track is lifted from his debut album Troubled Mystic. Liminal is hanging out with some esteemed company in the form of Massive Attack, Moby, Air, Sebastien Tellier and Ella Fitzgerald and many others. A brilliant achievement for a sublime track. Check out the full list including a Spotify playlist on the SBS website.
If you haven’t yet had the pleasure to soak in Troubled Mystic then you should need no further nudging. Apart from a suite of gorgeous ambient electronica and ambient pop instrumentals you’ll also find tracks featuring the stunning vocals of Chloe March. It’s an album for the ages, trust us. Grab Troubled Mystic and ‘Soothed by Summer’ via iTunes or Bandcamp.
We’re excited to share the next trailer for the wonderful in-production documentary The Trail Beyond, featuring tracks from Liminal Drifter and Medard Fischer. You may recall seeing the previous trailer which featured the Erik Nilsson track ‘On and Onward’. The film, which will see release in 2016, documents the innovative Trail Beyond program which is aimed at inspiring and empowering women to achieve their goals and strive for more than they thought possible. Directed by the wonderful Cassie De Colling (founder of Natureel) the documentary will feature a soundtrack comprised of a range of Hidden Shoal artists and tracks. Check out the preview trailer below.
We have the wonderful interview with Liminal Drifter (aka Dr Simon Order) by Fred Sims (Artificial Intelligence on RTRFM) to share with you. This is the full length version which aired last month and includes songs from the debut Liminal Drifter album Troubled Mystic. Many thanks to Fred and RTRFM for allowing us to repost this. It really is a great listen – enjoy!
In related Liminal Drifter radio news, Troubled Mystic just landed at number 8 in the CJSW electronic charts! Nice.
The wonderful Liminal Drifter, aka Dr Simon Order, brings us the next installment in our mixtape series. The mix, lovingly produced by Warren S, is inspired by Order’s other life as a long distance runner and includes some gorgeous ambient electronica and downtempo works. Let’s hand it over Liminal Drifter to explain further,
“Running Man is drawn from the long-distance running tunes of ambient electronic producer Liminal Drifter. Delicately mixed by DJ maestro Warren S, these are songs that fuel the run and relax the body, moving through space, floating on the groove, effortlessly, in movement. Songs inhabiting the wandering psyche of the runner, paths of calm, shifting melody and gentle shuffling beats. Warren S resonates the mix in sympathy, a playful and harmonically uplifting curation.” – Liminal Drifter
Drawing on the seminal Warp releases of the ’90s, including Black Dog, Plaid and early Autechre, as well as more contemporary peers, Liminal Drifter evokes a spectrum of emotions across beautifully detailed electronic tapestries. Moving from downtempo dream-pop to shimmering, spacey electronica, this suite of songs works as if by osmosis, gently irradiating your subconscious.
Liminal Drifter roves widely and deeply across Troubled Mystic’s hour-long run-time, allowing the songs to breathe and cross-pollinate. The title track punctuates a bright, shuffling groove with golden swells of brass and an aching vocal from Chloe March. ‘Dark Sunlight’ recalls the brooding majesty of Massive Attack’s ‘Inertia Creeps’. And gorgeous closer ‘Soothed by Summer’ vibrates with crystalline melancholia, resonating long after the last note has dropped.
“Over almost a decade, Hidden Shoal records developed a reputation as a consistently innovative and experimental music label, giving to us music of remarkable qualities whether it was the instrumental excursions of Gilded, the blissed-out indie of My Majestic Star, the electronica of Marcus Mehr, the alt.folk stylings of Kramies – the HSR list of significant talents was a lengthy one. I say was, as in 2014 or thereabouts, the Hidden Shoal label underwent a reorganisation of sorts, and it began to seem that one of the more influential Australian record labels of the recent past was itself going into hiding. Perhaps so, although only to return refreshed, renewed, invigorated and with its varying artistic visions intact – the Eat Your Friends compilation proves that the Hidden Shoal label is properly with us again.
One thing I’ve found when reviewing compilations is that not infrequently, when I put them into my music players, the tracks separate instead of remaining in their album folder, and that has happened with my copy of Eat Your Friends, encouraging me to view each of the tracks as a single release rather than view the album itself as a cohesive whole. Then there’s the fact that only some of its contributors are already known to me and so, ditching some of my preconceptions about what it’s going to sound like, I began listening to the 11 tracks in a random sequence, and prepared for the unexpected.
Firstly, there’s singer/songwriter Erik Nilsson’s “Moksha Can Wait”, a song which electronic composer Marcus Mehr has taken and adapted to his subtly developed production sound, a track that begins almost inaudibly and builds to a staggering crescendo of soaring, roaring electronic sound and with Nilsson’s guitar and piano providing a counterpoint to Mehr’s swirling atmospherics. The ambient chill of City Of Satellites is given an added gloss by Tim Manzano, although I’m not so sure what he’s actually done with the track – it does sound a lot like the City Of Satellites I know from their Machine Is My Animal album, although as the track progresses and the rhythm and bass begin to disintegrate into a dubby conclusion it seems more apparent where Manzano has left his mark. Arc Lab’s “Through The Burning Glass” is remixed by Glanko, beginning with a club-level bassline before levelling into a noir tinged synth epic. And just when you thought the tracks on Eat Your Friends were entirely instrumentals, Rew perform a cover version of Umpire’s “Green Light District” and they do it with a vocal, alongside the strings and crashing cymbals and haltingly uncertain rhythms, a highlight of an album each of whose tracks is in one or another way remarkable.”
“Liminal Drifter’s album ‘Troubled Mystic’ sounds exactly as its title promises. The first track, A Love Song for Ghosts, is haunting and fresh. The second track, Subway Dream, sends you on a traveling journey of sound that the rest of the album by this debut Australian artist delivers.
The title track features the luscious dream-pop voice of Chloë March, which transports you to a sexy summer by the beach before seamlessly spiking into a haunting refrain and dipping back into the dreamy electronic tapestries of that musical train ride across time and electronic space.
The album is like an electro wind chime blowing in a strange wind. Take the time to be entranced by the beat of this album and listen on Spotify, and like Liminal Drifter Facebook.”
“Troubled Mystic is a deck of musical cards, each one its own kind of cool. Overall the tone cleaves closely to an EDM/downtempo motif. You’ll hear distinct elements of house music, jazz-infused drum licks, a touch of glitch, and club-worthy drops. Right from the opener, “A Love Song for Ghosts,” Liminal Drifter (aka Dr. Simon Order) grabs the listener by managing to mix a jangly sound like a Japanese biwa with a little bit of spy-movie vibe and making it sound like it all belongs there. The mix of styles shows when “Subway Dream” follows with a watery burble and soft, cool edges. This one gets deeper and more intense as it goes along, the sound thickening up with a wide variety of elements. “Verterons Ambo Flow Cut” introduces some electronic minimalism, loops of repeating phrases interspersed with sequencer. Its slowly shifting, just-enough-movement dynamic works in its favor. Hypnotic and yet able to hold your direct interest. “Japanese Devotion” is a bit of playful weirdness. Boppy notes bounce along, accented with reverse-echo phrases that put me in mind of the 80s band New Musik. (Yes, I may be very much alone in that reference.) Speaking of the past, “Adventures Beyond the Body” will pique your old IDM memory banks. Field recordings and dubbed-up vocal snips are the canvas for a melody that plays out in metallic-spring tones and shiny sequencer runs. Irresistible stuff. Throughout the album you’ll enjoy an extra dose of mellow courtesy of dreampop vocalist Chloë March. Her smoked-satin voice slides and glides through the club-ready “Heartbeat of Your Soul.” Order wraps her voice in light, effective echoes and puts drops in spots where the last element you get is her voice fading. She sing-talks her way through the title track and pulls up welcome thoughts of Moorcheeba. Again, Order pulls spots and phrases out of the main vocals and uses them the spice the background. There have been times, in my several listens, when I become too aware of the looping/repeating motif that forms the basis for much of the work here. Why it occurs to me sometimes but not every time is a mystery to me. All I can suggest is that sometimes I’m drawn more into the smooth hypnotic lull, which is the point after all. It certainly hasn’t kept me from digging on this release every time I’ve listened. It’s varied enough to hold my interest and certainly doesn’t lack for cool. The production work is also excellent; the sound is full and in constant motion, with plenty of small detail work to keep your head happily busy. Get this, get cool.”
“Liminal Drifter (aka Dr. Simon Order) is a Perth based electronic producer. According to the Facebook site, ‘Liminal Drifter is ambient electronica, tinged with splashes of trip-hop and psych folk.’ Order’s (hailing from the UK) previous work includes the ‘1990s project dUB Rumble, producing remixes with UK prog’ (accoring to the Hidden Shoal label).
On “Troubled Mystic”, the title track from Liminal Drifter’s forthcoming debut album (due out August 19th), Order’s teamed up for a collaboration with English dream-pop artist (and labelmate) Chloë March. The result is a thrilling and teasing track of icy coolness and perfectly tempered charm. You can see/hear the link, or musical relation towards, backwards to the trip-hop of the 90s/early 00s, such as Massive Attack. Their label also mention early Warp Records electronic acts The Black Dog, Plaid and (early) Autechre. Hidden Shoal say that the song ‘punctuates a bright, shuffling groove with golden swells of brass and March’s aching vocal.’ Quite right, and it makes me curious to check out the rest of Troubled Mystic.
If you’re into ‘downtempo dream-pop to shimmering, spacey electronica’, Liminal Drifter might be the right pilot for your ride. Surf the space waves.”
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Liminal Drifter’s music is available for licensing (master & sync cleared) through Hidden Shoal. Please contact us with some basic details about your project and the track(s) you wish to use and we’ll be sure to get back to you straight away.