Kryshe

KrysheKryshe’s exquisitely subtle and detailed ambient work resonates with chilly grandeur. Across spacious vistas reminiscent of the collaborative work of Eno and Budd, delicate yet assured melodies unfurl before being subjected to delicate manipulation. This is enveloping, minimal music with a fragility that belies its emotional potency.
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Discography

In Between


September 2014

As its name suggests, In Between lives and breathes in the spaces around each carefully played note. This exquisitely subtle and detailed five-track EP resonates with chilly grandeur and heartening warmth. Across spacious vistas reminiscent of the collaborative work of Brian Eno and Harold Budd, delicate yet assured melodies unfurl before being subjected to delicate manipulation. This is enveloping, minimal music with a fragility that belies its emotional potency. Opening with the shimmering piano melodies and tape-chewed ambience of the majestic title track, with detours via the angelic music-box miniature ‘Iceland’ and the glitch-scarred sustain-scapes of ‘Africa’, and concluding with the achingly melancholic ‘Lullaby’, In Between is a perfectly formed release that announces an understated new ambient craftsman.

Growing


June 2013

This 40 minute live improvisation in 3 sections was recorded in the Summer of 2013. As demonstrated on Kryshe’s mini-album  “In Between”, Grothe has a sublime understanding of space and tone. Growing is a delicate, hovering soundworld, pulsing with life yet never leaving a trace of its creator’s presence.

Dreamland


November 2012

In contrast to the free-flowing and layered compositions of Growing and In Between, this debut release from Kryshe presents a much more grounded and densely woven sonic tableau. This two-piece set showcases Grothe’s ability to bring his delicate and affecting songcraft to new and varied musical environs.

Biography

Kryshe is the live and studio-based ambient project of German musician Christian Grothe. Grothe’s musical explorations began by writing and recordings guitar-based songs at home, and over time his approach has become more experimental in nature. His current productions often evolve from live improvisation sessions, incorporating sound-manipulation software such as max/msp to develop a richly layered yet spacious sound. Grothe is also a member of the improvisational trio Unland, featuring ambient artist Jonas Meyer and clarinetist Shabnam Pavaresh.

News

Reviews

  • New Liminal Drifter Remix Album – Pre-Orders & Track Stream!

    The Night Train VacanciesWe’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.

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  • “Eat Your Friends” Compilation Reviewed at DOA

    “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.”

    DOA

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  • Kryshe “In Between” Reviewed at Leonard’s Lair

    ” ‘In Between’ is a fitting title for Christian Grothe’s latest EP. Touching on ambient, post-rock and classical music, the German composer could be perceived as a dabbler but Grothe’s versatility is one of his main strengths and his music under the moniker of Kryshe reveals great maturity and subtlety for someone who only released his first compositions less than a year ago.

    The title track is bathed in warm ambient textures; the piano parts emerging like the pitter-patter of gentle rain. It’s undoubtedly melancholic but in a comforting way and the key melody is like rediscovering an old friend. ‘Iceland’ is unerringly tuneful, reshaping a music box motif into a yearning post-rock number, where each key change seems to ache a little more than the last. After ‘Lone’ represents a stark, reverberating centrepiece, a watery, portentous ‘Africa’ threatens to work itself up into a storm but instead holds back with some delicious use of restraint and experimental touches. This just leaves the stately, tear-stained melodrama of the finale ‘Lullaby’; the nearest Grothe gets to modern classical.

    With each track offering something different, Grothe packs a great deal into twenty five minutes of instumental music. Minimalist this may be but ‘In Between’ is abundant with possibilities.”

    Leonard’s Lair

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  • “Long Range Transmissions” Reviewed at Tome To The Weather Machine

    “I am an unabashed Hidden Shoal fan. The Australian label has been pumping out releases of lush, cinematic aspirations of ambient and neo-classical artists for a better part of it’s existence that, at times, is overcome by its eclectic output ranging from conspiracy-punks to 90’s slowcore revivalists to every deriviation of weirdos (Australian and otherwise) in between. Long Distance Transmissions, however, is a surprisingly cohesive collection of sprawling ambient, electro-acoustic, post-classical and just about ever derivation (Australian and otherwise) of lushly produced, slightly melancholic, wordless music in between. Highlights include Markus Mehr’s Tim Hecker-meets-Heinz Riegler meditative distorted synth composition “Hubble, the chopped and glitched electro-acoustic number by Kryshe, the minor key minimalist techno of Cheekbone and the emotional heft of the 80’s nostalgia of Slow Dancing Society’s bubbling arpeggios and soundtrack-worthy dynamics. It makes sense that Hidden Shoal also exists as a licensing company, many of these compositions, if not already, seem to soundtrack some deeply resonant scenes in films (never made).”

    Tome To The Weather Machine

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  • “Long Range Transmissions” Hidden Shoal Compilation Album

    “Happened across this as we were turning it in for the night, a new name your price downloadable compilation by Australia’s finest purveyors of elegantly drawn dream pop Hidden Shoals. Entitled ‘long range transmissions’ it features a gathering of talents, some familiar – Antonymes, Markus Mehr, Slow Dancing Society et al along with some not so such as gilded and cheekbone. However what attracted us apart from the obvious as ever high quality seductive ambience tonalities literally peeling from the grooves was a delightful little thing from Elisa Luu entitled ‘chromatic sigh’. A breathlessly beautiful slice of porcelain noir classicism, an all too brief heavenly visitation, the slow shift into focus of the sound of a celestial calling emerging into the open to bathe all in the tingling shower of warming radiance, an out of body astral gliding odyssey which for a moment utterly transfixes its delicately balanced and perfectly poised gaze to fix and fill you with ethereal enchantment. And so to something familiar, regular visitors to these pages will be all too aware of our affection for Chloe March who here with ‘old tree, mon coeur’ doesn’t disappoint in the slightest and into the bargain offers up this sweetly mesmerising rustic ghost light, a fairy dust sprayed dream draped lost in the moment beguiling bouquet that shyly treads in the kind of amorphous star twinkled worlds of Musetta albeit as though aided and abetted by a soiree of siren sighs from a chill tripped Laetita and Mary from Stereolab.”

    The Sunday Experience

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  • “Lost In Transmissions” Compilation Reviewed at Wake The Deaf

    “You might recognise Hidden Shoal from our piece on Olive Skinned, Silver Tongued Sirens Sing Swan Songs, the latest album from REW<<. The label has recently released Long Range Transmissions, the first in a series of themed compilations which showcase the ambient/neo-classical acts in their catalogue. It’s the perfect place to introduce yourself to a diverse and interesting collective of musicians.

    While the collection comes from a particular genre, there is still room for much variation across the thirteen tracks. Antonymes and Kryshe favour fragile, graceful piano, Cheekbone push a sci-fi inspired electronica and Chloe March creates a lush chamber pop. Todd Tobias evokes a mixture of shimmering bliss and nostalgia, his track ‘Nan Madol’ playing like a super-cinematic missing number from the Twin Peaks soundtrack, while Stockholm’s Erik Nilsson’s gently tropical ‘Drawing/Dreaming’ feels like watching the sun set into the sea on the last night of your holiday. Other highlights include the goosebump-inducing melodrama of Slow Dancing Society’s ‘Pull’, Elisa Luu’s ethereal ‘Chromatic Sigh’ and the aching melancholy of closing track ‘Empty Cradles’ by Sleeping Me.”

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  • Kryshe “In Between” Reviewed at Stationary Travels

    “In Between is the latest release from Germany based ambient composer and sound artist Kryshe via Hidden Shoal. The EP was actually available in September, but was a new discovery to me this week. It is a lovely five track journey featuring crystalline piano blended with electroacoustic touches in a spacious ambient context. I find his work very easy on the ears and suspect you will too.”

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  • Kryshe “In Between” Reviewed at Music Won’t Save You

    [Poorly translated from the original Italian via Google. Read the original here]

    “Australian label Hidden Shoal does not cease to bear stimulating sonic fruit with its careful search for new ambient prospects conducted on a global scale , which led to discover artists such as Wes Willenbring , Drew Sullivan and Elisa Luu, just to name a few.

    The most recent candidate to add to the partial list of names above is the German Christian Grothe, making his debut under the alias Kryshe. His  EP In Between is a little more than twenty minutes, and as  the title suggests it evokes sensations both suspended and surreal. The five tracks from In Between keep the faith of the message evoked by the title, distilling the environmental vision of Grothe, tightly anchored to the classics of the genre but updated by its remarkable imaginative capacity, through which the German artist draws audio postcards on piano notes apparently resonating in a tank but because of this bring out the timbres over time.

    In Between is all very soft and relaxed, starting with a sleepy gait and by the gradual thickening of the low tones of the opening title track, which also occurs in the desolate reverberations of “Lone”. The two pieces named after geographical locations with taste will reflect the suggestions, “Iceland” in a cameo as valuable as a small sound box, “Africa” ​​with the warmth of dilated persistence and notes more and more sparse, such as grains of sand transported by a desert wind. The second part of the brief work marks the gradual prevalence of evanescent suspension (not coincidentally the same Grothe presents portrait with guitar and bow), which are lulling in the final outcome, “Lullaby”.

    Grothe does not use drone nor easy emotional tricks, yet his environmental interpretation in the essentiality of its elements is a valid reason for a release that almost amazes in it’s structural cohesion and an explicit reference to a soundscaping now rare even in its adherence to the canons of the original contemporary ambient music.”

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  • Kryshe “In Between” Reviewed at Igloo Magazine

    Kryshe‘s In Between EP has sneaked into my life very recently thanks to Hidden Shoal‘s main man, Mr. Cam Merton, who consistently provides a warm home for quality and talent from around the world in order to bring us sonic delicacies from many regions of the far-flung musical spectrum. It sneaked into my life, and very quickly into my heart. The blend of emotional bareness, effortlessness, spaciousness and warm luminosity in the fabrics of In Between is irresistible. Kryshe is the solo ambient project of German musician Christian Grothe, who is also a part of the excellent Unland trio which released its wonderful debut album earlier this year. In Between is Kryshe’s brand-new 5-track digital EP.

    The EP is built from attractively balanced combinations of live, free-flowing sessions and post-editing. Subtle electronics and manipulation judiciously spice the raw and organic, intensifying the strong emotional core. At times, among the piano streams, guitar work and delicately glitchy electronic designs, you can hear Grothe’s breathing, which intensifies the live intimate sense. The music conjures up nocturnal urban panorama, but at the same time you feel like you’re in the studio with Grothe. He shifts so effortlessly from ethereal and hopeful to melancholic and contemplative, and the other way round, interweaving all into dynamic wholes full of sweet wistfulness and tension. The autumn ghost has already started whispering, and soon we’ll be immersed in winter shades. In Between is perfect for those times of the year.

    In the depths of In Between, collaborations between Budd and Eno and Budd and Clive Wright might spring to mind, but one might also think of Hammock and even label mate Slow Dancing Society. With that being said, In Between is certainly not some sort of clone. It is an original piece of music that stands own its own. Let’s hope this EP is an appetizer for a forthcoming full-length Kryshe album—I would love to own a physical copy of that.”

    Igloo Magazine

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  • Kryshe ‘Africa’ Reviewed at The Sunday Experience

    “Is this not something else. New via the ever adored Hidden Shoal imprint – purveyors of sublime sonics – this is taken from a new EP entitled ‘in between’ by Kryshe – beyond no more information with which to impart sadly except to say that ‘Africa’ is as near to heavenly perfection you’re going to get this missive out. Pressed with the poise and steeled with the atmospheric tenderness of Antonymes and softly coaxed by the delicately yearn of Vini Reilly this gem provides one of those rare occasional moments which once veered into earshot has jaws dropped agape and clocks literally frozen still.”

    The Sunday Experience

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Kryshe Liveset at Mimis Osnabrück. September 2013

 

Licensing

Kryshe’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.