Ghostly International delves further into the ethereal, textural side of electronic production this fall with the second installment of the SMM series, which has thus far featured artists such as Kiln, Twine and Kosik. Collecting works by Christopher Willits, Cepia and Lusine, SMM Vol. 2 ranges from moody guitar arrangements to dense drones, creating a lush atmosphere that is alternately tense and tranquil.
Christopher Willits (12k, Sub Rosa, Plop ) occupies the first half of the EP with the sprawling “Breathe (in seven sections) ”, a seven-part extrapolation of the custom-made guitar sounds that have garnered him so much acclaim. Warbling melody lines are punctuated by scientifically precise clicks while complex undercurrents of bass and percussion complete the whole, allowing for a seamless, enveloping flow. Cepia follows with “Sqr Exp” and “Ramp”, which adhere to naturally varying paces complemented by massive chord shifts, the former gliding on frantic constructions of clangs and hits and the latter eschewing beats entirely. Lusine rounds out the record with “Payne’s Gray”, a calm and sensible denouement that drifts on elegant synth washes mottled by bowed strings.
SMM Vol. 2 serves as a concise showcase of three immensely talented producers whose greatest successes await them – the sounds herein are at once remarkably beautiful, undeniably auspicious and unexpectedly inspiring. The EP is to be followed by a third installment in Spring 2005 and a CD compilation later that year.
catalog # : GI-29
released March 21, 2004
all sounds in "Breathe (in seven sections)" by Christopher Willits. Published by Overlap Music
Artist, guitarist, producer. One of the most diverse and prolific catalogs in ambient music, including collaborations with
Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Tycho. “I believe that music and art can catalyze inner change, and those changes within ourselves can influence changes in the world”. Also the director / co-founder of Envelop, uniting people through immersive listening experiences envelop.us...more