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Grady Steele // Marsaskala TAPE

Grady Steele // Marsaskala TAPE

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The latest work from Archaic Vaults, a label run by experimental techno artist Nape from Berlin, Germany, has arrived. This is the label's first guitar work.

This work is the debut cassette released in April 2024 by Grady Steele, an ambient folk writer from London, England.

Contains 6 ambient folk songs with melancholic guitar arpeggios and field recordings. DL code included.

Below is a commentary by the label.

"Fragments of rubble wash up on a fog-shrouded coastline. The satisfaction of eternally searching for solace. Trapped atop a lighthouse somewhere on a nameless isle, Grady Steele lies within range of a beacon. A sound system made of driftwood and discarded car stereos is carefully pieced together and painstakingly carried to the top of the obelisk, while a Spanish guitar plays an arpeggio. Flowing through the deep ocean in a phasing loop, layer upon layer, sometimes creating faults, stopping, recording, and starting again.A phosphorescent glow is always present above the obelisk.

The first release from Archaic Vaults to feature guitar (at least prominently), these six songs are sketchy, yet stick in your retina like the headlights of a passing car, with a memorable sound source. leave behind traces. Although this is Grady Steele's debut, it's not his first time working with sound, having spent the past decade running one of London's most important sound systems. This obsession with fidelity can be heard in his body of work, sometimes deliberately distorted. The warm, melancholic tones of the Spanish guitar can be heard in almost every song, juxtaposed with a collage of different materials. These include things that appear to have been hastily recorded on an iPhone, and drum machines left in the back of the studio, pulled out for a take or two, and then shelved again. The undulation of '6s voice imitator pads brings to mind John T. Gust's early studio takes, and the synergy and precision of guitar layering evokes the sound of Fuck Buttons selling their studio gear. This will give you a clue as to what the sound would have been like if you had gotten a couple of wooden 10 strings. If you take a close look at the rolling hills that look like a Windows screensaver, you might notice a slight movement in their growth. "

Labels and other worksplease use this form. ///Click here to see more Archaic Vaults releases available at Tobira. 

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Includes DL code. Cassette in norelco case.

tracklist:

1.Sybille 05:15
2. 192ft 03:16
3. Jolimont 04:24
4. Saint-Lazare 03:50
5. Bahrija 02:22
6. Larghetto 04:26

Archaic Vaults:

"Pieces of debris washed up on a coastline shrouded in mist. Gratification comes from an eternal search for solace. Locked away at the top of a lighthouse somewhere on an unnamed isle, Grady Steele broadcasts to those within the beacon's reach. A soundsystem built of driftwood and salvaged car stereos are pieced together with precision and laboriously dragged to the top of the obelisk. A timeless fugue state spent playing arpeggios on a Spanish guitar, the PA system ebbing out phasing loops across benevolent waters. Layering, occasionally faulting, stopping, recording , starting again. The phosphorescent glow atop the obelisk ever-present.

Perhaps the first release on Archaic Vaults to feature (at least prominent) use of the guitar, these six compositions feel sketch-like and yet burned into the retina, like that of a passing car's headlights leaving an impressionistic imprint of the source material. To mention this is Grady Steele's debut release is not to imply he is new to working with sound, having been the proprietor of one of London's most important soundsystems for the last decade. An obsession with fidelity can be heard and and at times seriously perverted among the body of work. The warm and melancholic tones of the Spanish guitar evident in almost all songs are juxtaposed with various collaged material, including what sounds like hastily captured iPhone recordings and drum machines neglected at the back of the studio, dragged out for one or two stubborn, lurching takes and then once more committed to storage. The 90s voice-imitator pads glowing with undulance are reminiscent of John T. Gast's early studio takes, and the synergy and precision in guitar layering could lend a clue as to what Fuck Buttons would have sounded like had they sold off their studio equipment for a couple of wooden 12-stringers. Stare long enough at those Windows screensaver-esque rolling hills, and one might witness some miniscule movement in the growth. "

Artist: Grady Steele

Label: Archaic Vaults

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The latest work from Archaic Vaults, a label run by experimental techno artist Nape from Berlin, Germany, has arrived. This is the label's first guitar work.

This work is the debut cassette released in April 2024 by Grady Steele, an ambient folk writer from London, England.

Contains 6 ambient folk songs with melancholic guitar arpeggios and field recordings. DL code included.

Below is a commentary by the label.

"Fragments of rubble wash up on a fog-shrouded coastline. The satisfaction of eternally searching for solace. Trapped atop a lighthouse somewhere on a nameless isle, Grady Steele lies within range of a beacon. A sound system made of driftwood and discarded car stereos is carefully pieced together and painstakingly carried to the top of the obelisk, while a Spanish guitar plays an arpeggio. Flowing through the deep ocean in a phasing loop, layer upon layer, sometimes creating faults, stopping, recording, and starting again.A phosphorescent glow is always present above the obelisk.

The first release from Archaic Vaults to feature guitar (at least prominently), these six songs are sketchy, yet stick in your retina like the headlights of a passing car, with a memorable sound source. leave behind traces. Although this is Grady Steele's debut, it's not his first time working with sound, having spent the past decade running one of London's most important sound systems. This obsession with fidelity can be heard in his body of work, sometimes deliberately distorted. The warm, melancholic tones of the Spanish guitar can be heard in almost every song, juxtaposed with a collage of different materials. These include things that appear to have been hastily recorded on an iPhone, and drum machines left in the back of the studio, pulled out for a take or two, and then shelved again. The undulation of '6s voice imitator pads brings to mind John T. Gust's early studio takes, and the synergy and precision of guitar layering evokes the sound of Fuck Buttons selling their studio gear. This will give you a clue as to what the sound would have been like if you had gotten a couple of wooden 10 strings. If you take a close look at the rolling hills that look like a Windows screensaver, you might notice a slight movement in their growth. "

Labels and other worksplease use this form. ///Click here to see more Archaic Vaults releases available at Tobira. 

----------------------------

Includes DL code. Cassette in norelco case.

tracklist:

1.Sybille 05:15
2. 192ft 03:16
3. Jolimont 04:24
4. Saint-Lazare 03:50
5. Bahrija 02:22
6. Larghetto 04:26

Archaic Vaults:

"Pieces of debris washed up on a coastline shrouded in mist. Gratification comes from an eternal search for solace. Locked away at the top of a lighthouse somewhere on an unnamed isle, Grady Steele broadcasts to those within the beacon's reach. A soundsystem built of driftwood and salvaged car stereos are pieced together with precision and laboriously dragged to the top of the obelisk. A timeless fugue state spent playing arpeggios on a Spanish guitar, the PA system ebbing out phasing loops across benevolent waters. Layering, occasionally faulting, stopping, recording , starting again. The phosphorescent glow atop the obelisk ever-present.

Perhaps the first release on Archaic Vaults to feature (at least prominent) use of the guitar, these six compositions feel sketch-like and yet burned into the retina, like that of a passing car's headlights leaving an impressionistic imprint of the source material. To mention this is Grady Steele's debut release is not to imply he is new to working with sound, having been the proprietor of one of London's most important soundsystems for the last decade. An obsession with fidelity can be heard and and at times seriously perverted among the body of work. The warm and melancholic tones of the Spanish guitar evident in almost all songs are juxtaposed with various collaged material, including what sounds like hastily captured iPhone recordings and drum machines neglected at the back of the studio, dragged out for one or two stubborn, lurching takes and then once more committed to storage. The 90s voice-imitator pads glowing with undulance are reminiscent of John T. Gast's early studio takes, and the synergy and precision in guitar layering could lend a clue as to what Fuck Buttons would have sounded like had they sold off their studio equipment for a couple of wooden 12-stringers. Stare long enough at those Windows screensaver-esque rolling hills, and one might witness some miniscule movement in the growth. "

Artist: Grady Steele

Label: Archaic Vaults