Pre-Order All The Hurt That Hinders Home NOW.

So, I am very pleased to say that Caught In The Wake Forever’s debut EP entitled ‘All The Hurt That Hinders Home’ is now available to pre-order from the mini50 bandcamp page.  This EP is a limited edition and we have about 170/180 copies available to buy.  To make the cd that little bit more special than the download (which will not be available until June) we have added 5 bonus tracks, so along with the 5 originals you get 5 remixes by yellow6, Library Tapes, Sketches for Albinos, Jonnie Common and Fieldhead.

mini50 records are very proud of this release.  Caught in the Wake Forever will be releasing two tracks on Hibernate Recordings soon, and they are one of our favourite labels, as well as being massively respected in the ambient world.  His stock should rise very quickly with that release so I would encourage you to get your hands on this EP whilst you can. Enjoy.

A Tune A Day For 2011 #67

For personal reasons my blogging has been all over the place the past month.  I’ve been pottering around doing nothing really.  Not really able to focus on writing or music, or even finding the energy to post.  So I guess I am miles behind in my Tune A Day for 2011.  I will make it up.  Once we reach the end of the year.

Anyways, today’s tune is by King Creosote and Jon Hopkins taken from the stunning record ‘Diamond Mine’ and is entitled ‘John Taylor’s Month Away’.  Just gorgeous.

David Newlyn – Too Late In The Wrong Rain

On 2 May 2011, mini50 will be releasing the new record by David Newlyn entitled ‘Too Late In The Wrong Rain’.  David is a very private, but very well respected, ambient musician who has previously released work on the likes of Best Kept Secret, Abandon Ship, Symbolic Interaction, Boltfish, U Cover and Mobeer. I am absolutely delighted to be working with the man. The record will cost £3 and the track listing is:

1. Doubt
2. Erasing the past
3. Fifteen going by
4. Hospitals in winter
5. Hindsight
6. Grave
7. 1908 (Detail)

You can hear a ‘Fifteen Going By’ by on the mini50 sampler by going to the mini50 bandcamp page, where you will also be able to download this record as of 2 May.  Enjoy.

Dustin O’Halloran – Lumiere

Dustin O’Halloran is an American, Berlin based, composer who I was first introduced to by Finbar from Scrawls and Bawls.  I had done a piece on ambient musicians that I loved and he suggested a couple I had missed that I should investigate further.  So that’s exactly what I did with a previous record of his entitled ‘Piano Solos’.  I fell in love with the beautiful compositions that I heard and did a little further investigation.  So I was VERY excited to read on his website that a new record was due for release in early 2011 on Fat Cat, and even more excited to read that the man producing the record would be Jóhann Jóhannsson whose 2010 record ‘And In The Endless Pause There Came The Sound Of Bees’ was by far and away my favourite record of last year.  And that’s not the only exciting artist to appear on this record with Peter Broderick also appearing on strings and Nils Frahm adding some engineering skills to the mix.  So even before I’d turned the record on, my expectations had been raised significantly.  Silly, but true.

And this record doesn’t disappoint.  It’s not overly long for a classical record.  It’s succinct and everything it does it does so well.  O’Halloran, for his part, had me hooked before this record as a wonderful pianist, capable of tugging at the heart strings, generating goosebumps and generally sending the listener into a state of catatonic bliss.  On this record he clearly projects his skills as a composer and arranger whilst retaining that wonderful sense of melody which can be created by the piano alone.  It’s the dense warmth of the strings coupled with the sparse, beautiful piano lines that really sink deep into your soul with this record.   There is more than a slight wiff of Johannsson’s handy work on this record.  This is no criticism.  Jóhannsson’s involvement in this piece is a masterstroke and O’Halloran has, without doubt, benefitted from working with the man.  How couldn’t you?!

Anyways, I suggest you wait for dusk.  Open your window.  Let spring soak into your room.  Grab yourself a glass of wine.  Sit back.  Close your eyes.  And just let this music take over.

Dustin O’Halloran, with this record, has promoted himself to the elite of modern classical composers.  You really should check out this record if you can.  You can do so below.  Enjoy.

 

 

mini50 Spring Sampler

So, it’s with great pleasure that I can tell you that the first mini50 sampler has now been made available on the mini50 bandcamp page.  It’s FREE to download.  That’s right, FREE.  Or alternatively, if you have a kind heart and want to help the label and it’s artists grow, then you can donate some money by simply not entering ZERO in then amount offered.  Of course, this is up to you and the whole point of it being free is to encourage people to download it and make it part of their music collection.  Hopefully you will like what you hear, check the label out a little more HERE and support the artists as and when their records are released.  Which would be:

David Newlyn – Too Late In The Wrong Rain – 02.05.2011

Caught In The Wake Forever – All The Hurt That Hinders Home – 13.06.2011

So please, check it out and support the label and it’s artists.  Thanks.

King Creosote and Jon Hopkins – Diamond Mine

Music is a fantastic thing.   It has this power to calm and soothe and help the mind in dark times.  Sometimes a record comes along at the right time and helps you relax.  Helps you find comfort or peace.  Well, for me, two records have come along in the past two weeks, which have helped my mind switch off.   Or perhaps not off, but at least onto something more positive and less sad. 

This record, by King Creosote and Jon Hopkins is simply stunning.  From the first words uttered until the last note played, this is beautiful.  Funny thing is, just last week my friend contacted me to tell me to buy it because he thought I would love it.  He was not wrong.  In fact, I adore it already.  I cannot stop playing it.  I cannot stop listening.

I like King Creosote.  I always have.  But whilst I’ve thought that his previous records were good I’ve never thought he was capable of producing something so utterly gorgeous and something that could seep into my soul in such a fashion.  So what’s changed? 

Well, firstly, I think the inclusion of Jon Hopkins on this record is a master stroke.  The King Creosote we know and love is still there – guitars, banjo, accordion, gorgeous voice.  However, behind the tunes, between the tunes and all throughout are the beautiful sound scapes and guiding hand of Hopkins.  These backdrops not only add something wonderful to the sound of Kenny Anderson’s songs but also give the record an amazing sense of place and an identity.  The thought of home, of a wonderful place special to you permeates throughout the record and that has as much to do with the subtle work of Hopkins as it has the wonderful imagery of Anderson’s lyrics and welcoming warmth of the songs.  For it’s not all happy happy, joy, joy and yet it never feels like anything other than a record that says “this is me.  this is where I belong”.

Secondly, I think the length of this record is absolutely perfect.  I’m not even sure it qualifies as an album.  Perhaps a mini album or long EP?  I don’t know what the qualification is for each but either way it’s the absolute perfect length of record for the music on offer.  It drifts by in an instant and is over all too quickly, just for me to skip back to the start and begin again.

It has made me think of home.  Of the good times when I was young.  Of all the moments that me and my dad shared.  Perhaps because KC is from the coast of Fife, a fishing town, not dissimilar to my own upbringing in Broughty Ferry.  It certainly has that sense of place attached.

For some strange reason it’s made me feel calm.  It’s hard to explain how much it’s helped.  But, one thing is for sure; whenever I listen to it I will be thinking of my dad and smiling.

This is a stunning piece of heartfelt music and should be a must for all music fans.  Please check it out.  Enjoy.