Exulansis… The tendency to give up trying to talk about an experience because people are unable to relate to it,whether through envy or pity or simple foreignness which allows music to drift away from the rest of your life story, until the memory itself feels out of place, almost mythical, wandering restlessly in the fog, no longer even looking for a place to land. Mick Chillage presents us with ten pieces of music that clock in around 4 hours with additional remixes from Joel Tammik & Si Matthews and Darren McClure.
Mick Chillage, the hardest working man in (ambient) show business, has joined forces with Eric “the” Taylor to make our daily lives go down just a bit sweeter. They’ve coined themselves the Architects of Existence, and, yes, it’s a weighty moniker, but listening to these four epic-lengths pieces of broadband drift you’re happy that the dynamic duo’s at least got lofty ambitions. It’s pleasing to know that between them they’ve cooked up one helluva work of sonic fiction here. Grandiose, epoch-spanning, this is the stuff that dreams are made of…
Neo Ouija takes the platter and spins it with their own textural funk on Cottage Industries 7. Cottage Industries 7 contains a wide range of beautiful electronics from relatively unknown and known musicians from around the world. The music fills the void that experimental electronic music seems to leave wide open. Rather than scratching your head at the end of this 73 minute excursion, you’re forced to think, relax, and sit back to contemplate. It becomes quite an adventure when music takes a new shape and form and Cottage Industries 7 makes that possible by allowing 14 different artists to create their own atmosphere’s and textures.
The adventure of Lee Norris and Mick Chillage is still continuing and with "Folk Etymology" they're back in pure ambient, sounding like the best work from Tetsu Inoue or Gas.
Mick Harvey released Intoxicated Man and Pink Elephants in 1995 and 1997, respectively. They were two of his first three solo albums apart from being musical director for Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, and they are both tribute albums to Serge Gainsbourg. Harvey was among the first native English musicians – if not the first – to delve so deeply into the vast catalog of songs from France's great musical icon (who was Belgian by birth). Both titles feature well-known Gainsbourg tunes, done in English with their French titles placed in italics side by side.
Waves of Anzac/The Journey’ is Mick Harvey's first soundtrack release in over 10 years. "The album features two recent soundtracks to powerful subject matters recorded by Mick Harvey. The first, ‘Waves of Anzac’, looks at Sam Neill’s personal family history interwoven with the history of the First World War and the ANZACs through to the modern era, while the second, ‘The Journey’, is a four-part composition released in support of #KidsOffNauru, a campaign working for the child refugees and people seeking asylum who find themselves in offshore detention.