Travelogue 2016.05.09: Mental Exfoliation

A listening journey with four albums composed of intricate electroacoustic textures, field recordings, and emotional undercurrents. Immersed in these mild sonic abrasions and vivid soundscapes, the mind can exfoliate…

José Soberanes – The Rising Tide

“In The Rising Tide, José strived to create something that would reflect his feelings of loss, anxiety and hope during what was a difficult time.”

José Soberanes is a sound artist from the small town of Tula de Allende, Hidalgo, Mexico and runner of the recently launched Nova Recordings imprint. On this quietly stunning ambient excursion, José meticulously blends found sound and other textural elements with expansive drones that have a heavy emotional undertow. He captures the essence of moving through mundane, everyday life haunted and distracted by a sea of emotions. The tide rises and almost consumes us, but ultimately he leaves us hopeful and standing in the light as it ebbs away.

Like all collectible Whitelabrecs releases, The Rising Tide is limited to 50 copies on “vinyl-effect” CDr in a vinyl-like sleeve with a Polaroid print of the cover art. Digital downloads are also available.


Nhung Nguyen & Cinchel – Movement of an Old Soul

“…the perfect mix of the old timey and tinkly ambiance of electronically treated piano and music box, and perfectly blended, guitar fed, spatially mellifluous drone.”

Time Released Sound has a penchant for pleasant surprises and the unlikely, but inspired pairing of Nhung Nguyen (aka Sound Awakener) based in Hanoi, Vietnam, and Chicago’s, Cinchel certainly qualifies. Together they have created a shimmering immersion in sound that is as expansive as it is intricate. Nguyen furnishes a beguiling narrative formed from piano, music box, and chimes which becomes embroidered into a field of sound woven by Cinchel’s processed guitar with mesmerizing results.

The ornate deluxe edition (only 65 copies) is offered in hand stamped oversized matchbook folder collaged with vintage photos and other ephemera sewn on the inside with an antique bank envelope (see the full description at the link below). A standard digipak is also available.

Order:  Deluxe Over-sized Matchbook edition |  Standard Digipak

Zahn | Hatami | McClure – Veerian

“Tracks slowly evolved from these initial sessions, sounds being added and subtracted, then further processed and arranged into pieces that incorporated each artist’s individual style…the project put an emphasis on abstract sound design merged with more emotive, tonal elements to conjure an album that reflected three sonic viewpoints as a whole. “

Uwe Zahn (aka Arovane), Porya Hatami and Darren McClure scarcely need an introduction to avid followers of experimental ambient music and an album but any one of them would be a noteworthy event let alone one that involves all three which makes Veerian quite a special recording indeed. Started in the summer of 2015, the 3 artists created a shared pool of audio ideas, exchanging sounds from their studios in Berlin (Germany), Sanandaj (Iran) and Matsumoto (Japan).

The result is captivating distillation of three diverse, but compatible styles into a cohesive universe of their own creation where the organic and the artificial happily co-exist and focus shifts effortlessly from high-resolution microscopic detail to macroscopic wide-screen vistas, a masterclass in minimalist expression through sound design that constantly reveals new facets and perspectives with each listen.

Veerian can be purchased as a digital download or in a limited edition CD from Eilean Rec. (note: very few remaining) and features cover art by Krista Svalbonas.


Braeyden Jaye – Fog Mirror

” …a weighted, textural album of architectural drone punctuated with stirring washes of crackling static and arcing tones that gather like visible precipitation on an early morning windshield.”

Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, Braeyden Jaye seeks to create ambient music of “great weight and movement”, which he certainly achieves on his latest full-length album Fog Mirror.  The dense, crackling wash of sound wrapped around processed bass guitar on this record is exceptionally immersive. At times is whips up into an aural sandstorm of unrelenting emotional intensity,  but the mood is tempered by a deeply melancholic sense of reflection so that listening ultimately becomes a rewarding, contemplative experience rather than an abrasive one.

Fog Mirror is available in a white vinyl pressing on its own or in a bundle that includes a special insert and split cassette with music by Braeyden Jaye on one side and Portland’s antl’rd on the other.  Digital download is also an option.