Since starting out mostly as a home for Canadian duo North Atlantic Drift and the side projects of members Brad Deschamps and Mike Abercrombie, Polar Seas Recordings has expanded its reach in recent years and boasts a surge of excellent new releases for 2018 by artists such as Celer and Hakobune. The most recent of these is an outstanding new charity compilation called A Light, A Glimmer which will support of Wishing Well Sanctuary, a farmed animal sanctuary in Ontario that provides both for animals in need and education for children and adults with the goal of promoting compassion for other species.
The album includes music not only from artists who have appeared in the label’s roster, but other luminaries from the ambient, drone, & electroacoustic music communities such as Benoît Pioulard, Ian Hawgood, Hotel Neon, Secret Pyramid. All in all, it contains 22 tracks offering over 2 hours of immersive atmospheres, beautiful, slow-turning soundscapes and entrancing sonic sketches. Offered at the mere price of a hand-crafted coffee drink (digital edition), it becomes a very easy and rewarding decision to add this to your collection.
The complete list of participating artists includes: James A. McDermid, Benoît Pioulard, Celer, anthéne, Clara Engel, Rhucle, Endurance, Hotel Neon, M. Mucci, poemme, Secret Pyramid, Channeling, Ian Hawgood, April Larson, Northumbria, Valiska, Forest Management, Maiya Hershey, North Atlantic Drift, David Newlyn, ph(authers), & Michael Gordon.
A Light, A Glimmer was released in a limited edition CD run which is currently sold out but the compilation remains available as a digital download well worth obtaining for both the breadth & quality of the contributions and the cause it supports. Cover photo provided by Kiarash Sadigh (kiarashsadigh.com).