We are so thrilled to be releasing the latest album by the very talented James Murray today. 'Killing Ghosts' is a superb example of incredible sound design, beautifully textured melodies, and an album so complete in its vision from beginning to end.
You can stream and buy the album from our Bandcamp page here:
And here's some words about the album by James himself:
'In the spring of 2014 my wife and I stayed at a remote log cabin in the Black Mountains. Anne was taken ill from the moment we arrived and barely left the bed all week. I'd packed a laptop, small midi keyboard and portable hard disc recorder, and resolved that if we weren't to have a break together I'd at least salvage something from the trip.
I'd spent a lot of time around then thinking about how haunted we are by our lost loved and not-so-loved ones. About how these ghosts can be more than just absences, that they can actually exist in some real sense as shadows cast by our fears and regrets. The horse-whisperer who owns the cabin told us when we arrived of the local belief that up in those mountains the veil between this world and the next is at its thinnest. From the first nightfall to the very end of our stay I felt like the atmosphere in that place was charged, agitated somehow, like everything was on the verge of cracking.
Pines groaned in the woods all around us, walls and floorboards continually creaked and china rattled on the shelves. I recorded everything that made a sound, then manipulated and distressed those recordings, letting them bleed into one another, forming their own shifting rhythms and gritty, grainy textures. I added deep sub-bass sines, electronic washes and gently improvised motifs that felt in step with the strangely watchful energy of the place. Between the crackling of the open fire and the wild, wide landscape outside, I seemed to have stumbled into the perfect environment for exploring these unsettled yet tenderly nostalgic feelings I'd been having. The music flowed.
And now - thanks to Gosia Łapsa-Malawska's wonderfully plaintive artwork and Ian Hawgood's passion, belief and commitment - here is Killing Ghosts, my attempt to make some sense not just of that peculiar time, but of each and every day spent without those we leave behind.'
And here's what some nice friends in the press have to say about the album:
'Killing Ghosts is a naturally-developing and carefully sculpted world of sound. Things cannot be rushed here. Patience is very much a virtue, because thoughtful, considered sound design needs time to breathe and brood. Composed feelings of peace and acceptance permeate the entire album, and it humbly plays on, never retreating towards timidity but rather embracing humility.'
- James Catchpole (Fluid Radio)
'Killing Ghosts est une œuvre d’une rare beauté à manipuler avec prudence et à pénétrer avec délicatesse, mais récompensera ses explorateurs patients et parés à s’y fragmenter. Nulle crainte que cet album sera apprécié à sa juste valeur par ceux qui savent, et restera longtemps le compagnon de ces éternels chercheurs d’ailleurs qui souhaitent secrètement ne jamais le trouver ; car ce qui compte, c’est le voyage et non la destination.'
- Dotflac (Tartine de Contrebasse)
'...personal, emotional, and with unequalled sound design.'
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