In celebration of its freshly designed new digital booklet (available in high-resolution PDF format with purchase of the album on Bandcamp), In The Branches’ critically-acclaimed 2016 album Wilderness Time is now on YouTube (scroll down for embedded video), showcasing a slideshow of the new artwork as the album plays in its entirety.
A bonus track “Wilderness Time II”, from In The Branches’ fifth album “Lost and Found”, has been included as a logical extension to this collection of wilderness-themed ambient guitar music.
Etherculture is a brand new project by Benjamin Florentino from Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Benjamin usually produces trance music, but recently expanded his creativity to include ambient soundscapes. He contacted me on Facebook to compliment my In The Branches work, and sent some preview tracks for “Posibilidad Pura”. I did not expect such quality from an ambient newbie, I’ll be honest. This music was the kind I search for. The songs are minimal, simple, and always subtly evolving. This delicate manipulation of sound is something that can take a lifetime to achieve, and Etherculture has captured that on his first attempt.
Highly recommended for fans of Carbon Based Lifeforms, Bvdub, ASC, Loscil, and the like.
“Songs From The Abyss” was an album that created itself autonomously, waiting patiently over the course of a year while I recorded live guitar looping sessions and traded tracks with Steven Taylor of the techno project Ghostwire. Steven’s entry into the world of ambient was a fantastic match for the atmosphere I imagined for this album.
Part space music, part emotional dirge, and part spiritual experience. That’s the impression I felt while putting the pieces together and hearing them all together.
Shane Cotee of In The Branches and Steven Taylor of Ghostwire have a history of working together on electronic music. Steven mastered Shane’s second release from The Adaptive, 2015’s “Evolve”, starting a lasting friendship built on modern psychedelic music.
Among many upcoming collaborations, “Songs From The Abyss” was a vision that started with live guitar loops & improvisations on a 7-string Ibanez guitar. Shane sent about 30 minutes of raw recordings to Steven, then Steven sent back several new layers to mix into the tracks. This continued for the first half of the album, made of three songs that average over 10 minutes each. The album artwork shows how the songs have been split into “Part I – An Invitation” (In The Branches featuring Steven Taylor) and “Part II – In Isolation” (In The Branches).
This is potent music that digs into the darker corners of the psyche, but not without optimism. It’s a half-conscious, half-subconscious trip across time and space, blending ancient and future; organic and synthetic; experimental and traditional.
I made some purposefully-minimal music videos with a few of my photographs and some extended footage of Milkdrop, a nifty little plugin for Winamp. If you don’t know what any of that means, then don’t worry. Just lay down and take a nice nap with this one.