Monday, October 27, 2008
MML044 / 2xCD-R
LIMITED EDITION OF 38 COPIES
Conceived in 2004, worked on, abandoned, reignited, trashed, reconstructed, abandoned again, regurgitated...and now, complete. A record that, musically, would've been a Brian Grainger album, but arrived at a time when I wasn't quite ready to release works under my own name yet. Having been a work in progress for so long, the amount of material I was faced with shaping into this final product was overwhelming! So, having a fondness for the long-form, I opted to do a double CD set with this. Yes, I know, right on the heels of my collaborative double-album with Jhonn-Paul, but the fact is that this record has been in the waiting line for a lot longer, and my collaborative release was a totally improvised, spur-of-the-moment beast. If I haven't scared you away with this daunting set yet, it might come with some surprise that this project is and has been the pinnacle of my fascination with all manner of dark and occult things. EVPs, videogames like Silent Hill, old library books about haunted houses, getting scared and hearing things at my Dad's house in the country, Stephen King, "Tales From The Darkside", the original 60's run of "The Outer Limits", Murnau's 1922 silent-film "Nosferatu"...all thrown together with musical reference points like Aube, Merzbow, Masonna, Lustmord, Pocahaunted and that creep-out middle part of Pink Floyd's "Echoes". In short, I wanted to create the creepiest, most convincing haunted atmosphere I could, without seeming dated or contrived. Hopefully, it worked, or at least I feel like it might have for me. Even after making this album myself, it still gives me shivers to listen to late at night, alone, reading "The Road Virus Heads North", hearing EVERY SOUND in my house, and being so scared that I have to pull the sheets over my head to sleep! Delivered (hopefully) to you on the best possible night of the year for that, Borley Rectory is a spooky ghost story from me to all of you this Halloween! Limited to only 38 copies, which is a very short run, so they may be gone within the week, but I want to keep this album's appearance short and sweet.
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MML041 / 3" CD-R
LIMITED EDITION OF 50 COPIES
A pagan wedding song for all of you harvest celebrators here...dressed in pumpkin orange and as loud as a Scotsman who is burning alive in the bowels of a giant wicker man (ha ha), this is something that'll carve itself into your head, Jack-O-Lantern style. And, if you listen carefully enough, under the torrential waves of sound-destruction, you can scratch out the raw sound of Autumn, melted down and flattened into 50 three-inch discs.
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P.S - I also made a minimal promo video for the track "Baseroom" from Borley Rectory. Check it out!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
MML034 / COPPICE HALIFAX & FOAMEK / LUSH Q TRAX II
Held up via several delayed processes in the last 2-3 months, this little sequel EP is finally here! For those of you who liked the first split with Foamek I did, here's another 21 minutes of funky ambient techno bliss. This time it's slightly more influenced by minimal and dub techno, with the exception of "Marsh Acid", which is probably the most dancefloor-friendly Coppice Halifax track ever recorded. Packaged up in cute soft-plastic mini-cases with pastel colored card inserts and a big blue Q stamped in ink! The first Lush Q release flew off the shelves so don't wait around too long if you want this, it's bound to disappear pretty fast!
MML039 / BRIAN GRAINGER & JOHN-PAUL KRAMER
A massive slab of bleak drone improvisations stretched across desolate landscapes, recorded almost completely live in the space of one exhausting week at Milieu Music HQ. Four extended pieces on two economically-friendly discs inside a stylish plastic-wallet case, this record is definitely going to appeal to fans of VCV, or albums like "Autumn Soil Feedback", "Porch" or "Porous Variations". Heavy, soft, near and distant all at once. Dense decaying music for nighttime headphone listening! Limited to 100 copies.
MML042 / BRIAN GRAINGER / RED ANTHELION
Imagine yourself walking blindfolded through a grove filled with cherry trees. It's a windy night, and the more you walk the closer you get to a calm, open clearing where muted bell-tones waft through the air, and the coolness of the temperature is just enough to be pleasant. Somewhere off in the distance, you can hear scrambled radio signals...maybe other people elsewhere in this cherry grove with you...you decide that it's not important, lay down in the tall grass and doze off listening to the sounds around you.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
So I'm going through my super-cluttered music room, which, in addition to being my creative studio space, it is also my makeshift office for label-related stuff. As you might imagine, I lose and find things all the time, and it's ALWAYS a mess. Given that, I've decided to lighten the load a little bit, and so I've dug out some old gems from my own personal stash to sell on Ebay. All items I'm listing are totally out of print and pretty scarce, so if any of you out there reading this would like to pick up some older records you may have missed out on, now is your chance! The titles I have listed so far are:
MILIEU / NIGHT CURRENTS / ORIGINAL U-COVER EDITION
MILIEU / A WARM WOODEN HOLLOW / INCLUDES BONUS 3"
COPPICE HALIFAX / 1983 / EED PROMO DISC
COPPICE HALIFAX / COPPICE HALIFAX / EED SWIVEL CASE
All of these items have been listed at or around the original price you would've paid for them if you bought them when they came out. They're all up for a weeklong auction and I will ship anywhere in the world. More items will probably be added in the next couple days so when that happens I'll update the list of available titles here.
You can visit my Ebay seller page by clicking HERE, and that should show you all the titles I am selling.
In closing, if anyone reading this is after any other older titles, please feel free to ask, because you never know what I might be able to find in my messy room here. Cheers!