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Guest Playlist #06: Matt Bower of Wizards Tell Lies

By Steve Dewhurst

“When I started buying films on VHS, I would record the sound onto tape so I could take the film with me on journeys.”

Pete Swanson
Enough Dark Intensity: An Interview with Jimmy Lacy of SiP

By Jason Cabaniss

"I like the idea of “cocktail music.” Something intentionally light and pleasant. I’m always trying to write music that communicates some type of positive mood and when I’m playing, trying to focus my energy there"

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Clean is Dirty: An Interview with Flowertown

By Lindsay Oxford

The birth of San Francisco’s Flowertown makes for a good story: longtime Bay Area scene compatriots Karina Gill (Cindy) and Mike Ramos (Tony Jay) compose a song together for an upcoming show in later winter 2020, and the day before they’re slated to play it, the world stopped.

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Needles and Pins: Derek Piotr's Journey to the Heart of Britain's Folklands

By Steve Dewhurst

“Yorkshire is not so dissimilar to my home in the Northeast of America,” Derek Piotr tells me from York, the latest stop on his great British journey. “Connecticut is part of New England, so that makes sense.”

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Stream: Ilm – “Tides”

The care, craft and consideration that goes into each Fluid Audio release is incredible.

Always put together by hand, each edition is comprised of cherishable artefacts to compliment the music they accompany.  Earlier this month, for example, the label issued Moss Covered Technology‘s And His Many Seas, an ambient album dedicated to the wide-ranging travels of the artist’s sick father as he embarks upon his most gruelling journey yet: the defeat of cancer. Not content with binding the album inside a handmade book lined with luxury Florentine paper, Fluid Audio also included a selection of antique Nories tables from the early part of the 20th century, nine very handsome prints featuring a variety of famous explorers, a collection of vintage inserts by the American explorer Elisha Kent Kane, and – as is the usual flourish with this most covetable of labels – some dried, pressed flowers. As if that wasn’t enough already, all this was contained within a hand-stamped, hand-numbered luxury hand-cut envelope.

And it’s not just every now-and-then Fluid Audio puts out such collectors’ items; it’s every single time they unveil new music. Incredibly, considering the thought that goes into them, this can be several times a month.  Mere weeks after Moss Covered Technology comes the debut collaboration by Ilm, which comprises pianist Lucia Adam and Olan Mill‘s Alex Smalley. Titled Gaya, label head Dan Crossley and his partner Jess describe the release as “the most complete since the label started out” and that it “perfectly captures the essence and nature of the project.” It’s hard to disagree.

The glass mastered CD comes enclosed in an oversized letter-pressed four panel cover, printed on embossed Buckram card. Inside you’ll find a sizeable collection of microscopic prints by Ernst Haeckel, a handwritten antique microscopic glass slide from the early part of the 20th century, and printed excerpts from antique zoology books by luminaries such as Samuel Maunder. In lieu of the pressed flowers, Gaya comes with its own scent.

The first piece of music to be released by Ilm is the lilting “Tides,” which you can stream below.  Its windswept ambience is lit up by Adam’s keys, which gleam and steam like dewdrops in the morning sun. Focusing on cellular details, Gaya, says Fluid Audio, “involves itself in nature, science, biological advancement, and the gradual ascension of evolution; baby steps which, over time, add up to mammoth amounts of progress.”

Gaya is available to pre order now.