Coming soon…dziadosz/mreńca – mirage (reworks)

Next we welcome Polish artists Bartosz Dziadosz and Tomasz Mreńca with Mirage, which is a reissue and adaptation from a release on Taalem last year. The album includes artwork by Peter Nejedly and the album opens with interpretations of the original Modern Classical composition by SpheruleusSven Laux and Giulio Aldinucci. The remastered version of Mirage then closes out this record, with the dark and mysterious listening experience recalling the work of The Frozen Vaults, Erik Skodvin or Max Richter.

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Bartosz Dziadosz and Tomasz Mreńca are friends and artists from Poland. They started collaborating on musical projects a few years ago, most notably as part of modern classical group The Frozen Vaults which also include Harry Towell, Yuki Murata and Dave Dhonau. This group saw a far flung collaboration with locations including the United Kingdom, Japan as well as Poland and recordings shared over great distance as the project developed.

In ‘Mirage’ and also the recent ‘Black Lake’, the project sees Bartosz and Tomasz collaborate closer to home. Bartosz records solo material as Pleq and works with sound as part of the theatre whereas Tomasz generates sounds on analog synthesisers and violin. Mirage was originally released as a 3 inch CDr via Belgian label Taâlem last year and we’re pleased to present this piece in its remastered state, alongside reworks and interpretations from Spheruleus, Sven Laux and Giulio Aldinucci. Each of these renowned composers were invited to portray the dark, mysterious passages of Mirage in a different light, making for an album experience rather than a simple reissue with ‘remixes’.

Spheruleus selected a looping section of the original strings in a brooding, dramatic piece steeped in tape decay, Sven Laux has focused more on the timbral quality of the strings whereas Giulio Aldinucci sculpts the piece into a dynamic drone which reaches a subtly noise shrouded crescendo. The reworks are followed by the original, in all its glory.

We’re informed that Mirage was inspired by Witold Lutosławski as Bartosz and Tomasz had listened to his work together.
When they set about composing Mirage, they wanted to create this in their image and since they are so used to each other’s company, they did not need to labour into plans and concepts. Instead, the music flowed freely. The concept became the action of creating itself, in a way which etches a description of the artists themselves, for the listener to decode.

Written and produced Bartosz Dziadosz and Tomasz Mreńca
Mastered by Tim Diagram
Artwork by Peter Nejedly

Coming soon…Andrew Lang | Burnt Shades

We’ve recently posted a preview of our sixth release, which sees us veer in a modern classical direction in the form of Andrew Lang’sBurnt Shades‘ The record is Lang’s debut and features delicate piano compositions recorded in a music room on an old church piano – this will appeal to fans of Goldmund, Nils Frahm or Peter Broderick. You can check out a preview of the album using the Soundcloud player below or keep an eye on our Facebook page to preview the packaging when we decide to share it.

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“Andrew Lang is a pianist and composer from Adelaide, Australia and ‘Burnt Shades’ is his debut album which follows a free EP released via his Bandcamp page. His influences are varied but he cites fellow pianists/composers Max Richter, Nils Frahm and Philip Glass as being particularly important. He also mentions another key inspiration in books, as he began to read again whilst recording ‘Burnt Shades’ – in fact, some of the track titles stem from literary references.

We’re pleased to be able to present Andrew’s first long-player, a moody and creaky but magical album that retains a live feel. This raw, honest effect was achieved by simply playing and recording piano improvisations in his music room, which is situated near a busy road and park. Andrew began to embrace the sounds of the outdoors as the world went on by whilst he sat recording, with birds, creaks and traffic noises accidentally making their way onto the album.

The piano itself was purchased by his parents several years ago, having formerly been used in a church crèche. For that reason, it has seen better days; physically worn in appearance and the keys themselves sometimes create odd sounds due to kids with sticky fingers and biscuit crumbs. Andrew wouldn’t have it any other way, cherishing the sound of his old piano with its creaking pedals and the noticeably audible resonances of hammers at work.

Andrew had been writing an album for some time, only to scrap it as he grew frustrated at the dead ends he’d encounter. Then at the turn of 2015 on New Year’s Day, Andrew started work on Burnt Shades with a fresh determination; he wanted to build on his previous work by approaching the recording process a little differently. Previously he’d taken to working tirelessly on recordings taken on a mobile phone, by applying several EQ chains; this time he wanted to change his approach by focusing purely on his piano as well as upgrading his recording techniques.. So Andrew began to record into a DAW with a pair of carefully placed microphones and simply applied some compression and EQs. He also gave himself the challenge of playing the piano using just two fingers at any one time to rid himself of the constraints of complex playing – this allowed him to focus more on building the tracks carefully, with more freedom.

The result of Andrew’s work through 2015 is a short but beautiful set of tracks that will appeal to fans of Nils Frahm, Goldmund and Modern Classical Ambient music in general, featuring artwork from Slovakian photographer Milan Očenáš.”