Concentric Records have revealed the final installment of the ambient compilation trilogy they launched last summer. Due out July 9th, Radiant is defined by a couple loose concepts: “radiating rays, reflecting beams of light,” and “vividly bright and shining, glowing marked by or expressive of love, confidence, or happiness.”
“Melancholy of Time” came out of a period exploring ways of producing and recording outside of the grid-based structures that I was previously working with. I wanted to strip it back to what I often find to be the emotional core of a piece of electronic music — ebbing and flowing synth pads — but to push and pull it a bit to create a slight disjointedness, unpredictability and shop-worn texture, as if it’s coming apart and fraying, yet retaining a sonic clarity.
I recorded it live using looped and layered synth phrases, underpinned by a layer of hiss and pin-prick textures.
I find reflections on time and its passing to be a recurrent feature of my work, both in a more straightforward way of harking back to music of a certain period or pieces of equipment but also in a more abstract sense of creating a feeling where time doesn’t matter. A deep feeling of now; that escape that you find in music and other ecstatic experiences. Though of course we’re always in — and running out of — time, and hence the melancholy.
(Concentric Records, July 9th)
1. Max Loderbauer – Harmonic
2. William Selman – Extension Of The Feature Model
3. Petre Inspirescu – The Garden
4. Supply – Inhale / Exhale
5. The Waves – Hold On
6. HOLOVR – Melancholy Of Time
7. ASWA – Dust Palace