Artist: Chris Weeks
Album Title: A Haunting Sun
Catalogue Number: meow191/nibbana001
watch the video to the track 'Black River Shimmers' on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdrjlOQopuY
Nibbana is here. After many years of releasing all manner of beat driven music here at Tigerbeat6 we have decided it necessary to start a new sublabel focussing purely on ambient, drone and minimalist music.
A Haunting Sun is a study of light; an enveloping opus of intricate, alternative, ambient soundscapes; inspired by sunlight and its interaction with picturesque landscapes.
Chris captures the beauty of this synergy via subtle organic textures, dense immersive drone-scapes, fragile lo-fi frequencies, and shape-shifting tonalities; tinged with the timbre of isolated melancholy.
A Haunting Sun flows chronologically, unfolding over the course of a day (Sunrise to Dusk); drinking in the light’s delicate interplay with the surrounding natural locales, mesmerizing minutiae and voluminous vistas; the audio equivalent of ‘light-thirsty Scenedows’.
‘Scenedows’ feature in works by science fiction author ‘Bob Shaw’, notably ‘Other Days, Other Eyes’, from which the tracks ‘Slow Light’ and ‘In Light Of Other Days’ draw their inspiration. Shaw introduced the concept of ‘slow glass’, through which the past can be seen...
‘Slow glass delays the passage of light by years or decades, and is used to construct windows, called scenedows.’
“…having a scenedow was the exact emotional equivalent of owning land. A man who owns tailored gardens and estates doesn’t spend his time proving his ownership by crawling on his ground, feeling, smelling, tasting it. All he receives from the land are light patterns, and with scenedows those patterns could be taken into coal mines, submarines, prison cells…”
Chris plays on this concept. A Haunting Sun can be seen as series of scenedows; harnessing the aesthetics of light; evoking a captivating idyll of cinematic imagery. He transports the listener - from even the darkest of spaces - into sunlight-soaked scenes of exploration, which echo his physical and allegorical encounters, uniting to form a detailed picture and emotive narrative of escapism; all the while shadowed by A Haunting Sun…
RIYL: Pimmon, Fennesz, Tim Hecker, Loscil, Gregg Kowalsky, Stephen Mathieu, Oren Ambarchi
Cover art by Chris Weeks
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01 Sunrise Through The Morning Mist
02 Black River Shimmers
04 The Sun Key
05 Shadowed By A Haunting Sun
06 Cloud Cove
07 Rain Delay
08 Slow Light
09 Phosphorescent Hills
10 Infrared To Ultraviolet
11 Buoy Adrift On The Setting Sun
12 Nautical Dusk - Light Remains
13 Below The Horizon
14 In Light Of Other Days
- Ambient epic soundscape drone