If there is one thing the eleven year history of Serein tells us, it is that the Welsh label does not put out a release unless it is something special – just consider records like Pine by Olan Mill, Retold by Nest or Charcoal by Brambles. That makes their first new material published this year a tantalizing prospect and one which even they are clearly excited about presenting. The album is Orbital Planes & Passenger Trains Vol 1, the first installment in a new conceptual compilation series featuring previously unreleased work by sixteen different artists.
ON YOUR NEXT TRIP BY SHUTTLE OR TRAIN BE SURE TO BRING WITH YOU THIS SEASON’S ‘MUST HAVE’ RECORD FOR TRAVEL. THESE CAREFULLY SELECTED PIECES WILL CALM THE MIND AND SOOTHE THE SPIRIT MAKING YOUR JOURNEYS AS PLEASURABLE AS CAN BE. ORBITAL PLANES & PASSENGER TRAINS – THE ONLY TRAVEL COMPANION YOU NEED. NOT GOING ANYWHERE? NO PROBLEM, LET THE MUSIC GUIDE YOUR IMAGINATION INSTEAD – WITH ORBITAL PLANES & PASSENGER TRAINS, LEAVING THE RELATIVE SAFETY OF YOUR HOME IS OPTIONAL.
Enjoy an exclusive first glimpse of the journey here with the beguiling beauty of “87 Billion Suns” by Strië, a hypnagogic lullaby which slowly turns on its own intricate organic clockworks before unfolding into an opulent bliss.
The song appears at the halfway point of our trip, concluding a particularly meditative passage preceded by the immersive drone work of Imprints and Benoît Pioulard. Otto A Totland‘s lovely solo piano sketch has already stilled our minds and set the tone while Brambles, Ametsub, Hidden Rivers, and Dan Abrams (aka Shuttle358) get us off to a bright start each capturing the quiet exhilaration that marks the start of a new excursion in their own unique style of melding ambient, electronic, and acoustic elements.
The second leg of the journey is marked by another piano sketch by Totland. At this point far from home and from our final destination, there is a slight sense of disorientation and the surreal in the enigmatic offerings of Colorlist, The Balustrade Ensemble, and Donato Wharton, but we ultimately find rest and respite as soothing pieces by Yui Onodera & Chihei Hatakeyama, Segue, and The Inventors of Aircraft guide us home and Olan Mill & Isnaj Dui lull us into peaceful somnambulance. The album is indeed the ideal companion for the stationary traveler.
Orbital Planes & Passenger Trains is now available for pre-order on 2xLP, CD, and digital. The 2xLP comes in two editions, a standard double LP and a limited deluxe version that includes a hand-numbered screen print (100 copies).
AMETSUB, BENOÎT PIOULARD, BRAMBLES, COLORLIST, DAN ABRAMS, DONATO WHARTON, HIDDEN RIVERS, IMPRINTS, OLAN MILL & ISNAJ DUI, OTTO A TOTLAND, SEGUE, STRIË, THE BALUSTRADE ENSEMBLE, THE INVENTORS OF AIRCRAFT, YUI ONODERA & CHIHEI HATAKEYAMA