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James Bernard & anthéne // Soft Octaves LP [COLOR]

James Bernard & anthéne // Soft Octaves LP [COLOR]

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This is a collaborative record released in November 2 by American James Bernard and two Canadian anthéne ambient artists on the ambient label Past Inside The Present in Indianapolis, USA, in a limited edition of 2024 copies.

Contains 8 dreamy ambient to ambient drone songs with guitars and synths. DL code included. 180g weight blue pink disc.

Labels and other worksplease use this form. ///Click here to see more Past Inside The Present releases available at Tobira. 

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Includes DL code. 12" opaque blue/pink blend vinyl. Edition of 200. 

Tracklist:

  1. Point of Departure 05:00
  2. Flow State 04:58
  3. Suadade 02:13
  4. Trembling House [f. marine eyes] 04:39
  5. Overcast 02:44
  6. Soft Octaves 06:38
  7. Cortege 05:27
  8. Renascence 04:12
  9. Summation 04:22

Text excerpt from Past Inside The Present:

"[...] ​California's James Bernard, an established PITP veteran, has been creating and releasing music for nearly 30 years across many genres and label affiliations, in addition to his expert engineering, patch-building and mastering work. Both as a solo artist and collaborator he has also brought an inimitable degree of invention and skill, heaviness and delicacy to works for A Strangely Isolated Place, Rising High and others.
For Soft Octaves, he created a suite of compositions using electric six-string bass, which yields a massive range spanning from subterranean rumble to cirrus vapor. Each recorded in a single take through an array of effects and augmented by volume pedal to soften the edges , these pieces occupy a symphonic space of tonal androgyny, at times resembling a cello, a woodwind or something altogether unplaceable, but always arranged with deft and intuitive pacing.

anthéne (aka Brad Deschamps of Toronto) complements Bernard's environments with harmonized pulses, lyrical slow-motion melodies and evocative pedal steel guitar that pitches and yaws above the firmament. As the founder of Polar Seas Recordings, Deschamps has created and facilitated a considerable catalog of patient music in keeping with the imprint's name, incorporating plectrums, analog synthesizer and field recording as the bases of his output. The impressions of northern climes that he creates make for an unlikely but perfect fit amid the hazy, coastal spaces of the source material here .

Soft Octaves' title track is an exemplary iteration of each artist's strengths, as the curtain slowly parts to reveal a daylit panorama accented by an organic rustle, echoing guitar swells and subtle digital grain. Standout “Trembling House” builds on this tenor, incorporating the voice of marine eyes (aka Cynthia Bernard, James's partner in PITP duo awakened souls) layered in ghost tones around itself, a lullabied comfort even as it drifts away into the ionosphere. Other key tracks like “Renascence” and “Cortège” introduce elements that imbue their aquatic dirge with church-like reverence.

Citing “times of uncertainty and hope” as the primary genesis for much of this work, Bernard proves himself once more a master of transfiguration, weaving meditative and compelling beauty from the strands of doubt and fear that many of us have faced in this young century . His wise choice to trust his works in the capable hands of Deschamps has yielded a complex and dynamic set that perfectly captures the essence of the magic hour, where all is suspended in shifting pastels.​"

Artist : James Bernard & anthéne

Label: Past Inside The Present

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This is a collaborative record released in November 2 by American James Bernard and two Canadian anthéne ambient artists on the ambient label Past Inside The Present in Indianapolis, USA, in a limited edition of 2024 copies.

Contains 8 dreamy ambient to ambient drone songs with guitars and synths. DL code included. 180g weight blue pink disc.

Labels and other worksplease use this form. ///Click here to see more Past Inside The Present releases available at Tobira. 

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

Includes DL code. 12" opaque blue/pink blend vinyl. Edition of 200. 

Tracklist:

  1. Point of Departure 05:00
  2. Flow State 04:58
  3. Suadade 02:13
  4. Trembling House [f. marine eyes] 04:39
  5. Overcast 02:44
  6. Soft Octaves 06:38
  7. Cortege 05:27
  8. Renascence 04:12
  9. Summation 04:22

Text excerpt from Past Inside The Present:

"[...] ​California's James Bernard, an established PITP veteran, has been creating and releasing music for nearly 30 years across many genres and label affiliations, in addition to his expert engineering, patch-building and mastering work. Both as a solo artist and collaborator he has also brought an inimitable degree of invention and skill, heaviness and delicacy to works for A Strangely Isolated Place, Rising High and others.
For Soft Octaves, he created a suite of compositions using electric six-string bass, which yields a massive range spanning from subterranean rumble to cirrus vapor. Each recorded in a single take through an array of effects and augmented by volume pedal to soften the edges , these pieces occupy a symphonic space of tonal androgyny, at times resembling a cello, a woodwind or something altogether unplaceable, but always arranged with deft and intuitive pacing.

anthéne (aka Brad Deschamps of Toronto) complements Bernard's environments with harmonized pulses, lyrical slow-motion melodies and evocative pedal steel guitar that pitches and yaws above the firmament. As the founder of Polar Seas Recordings, Deschamps has created and facilitated a considerable catalog of patient music in keeping with the imprint's name, incorporating plectrums, analog synthesizer and field recording as the bases of his output. The impressions of northern climes that he creates make for an unlikely but perfect fit amid the hazy, coastal spaces of the source material here .

Soft Octaves' title track is an exemplary iteration of each artist's strengths, as the curtain slowly parts to reveal a daylit panorama accented by an organic rustle, echoing guitar swells and subtle digital grain. Standout “Trembling House” builds on this tenor, incorporating the voice of marine eyes (aka Cynthia Bernard, James's partner in PITP duo awakened souls) layered in ghost tones around itself, a lullabied comfort even as it drifts away into the ionosphere. Other key tracks like “Renascence” and “Cortège” introduce elements that imbue their aquatic dirge with church-like reverence.

Citing “times of uncertainty and hope” as the primary genesis for much of this work, Bernard proves himself once more a master of transfiguration, weaving meditative and compelling beauty from the strands of doubt and fear that many of us have faced in this young century . His wise choice to trust his works in the capable hands of Deschamps has yielded a complex and dynamic set that perfectly captures the essence of the magic hour, where all is suspended in shifting pastels.​"

Artist : James Bernard & anthéne

Label: Past Inside The Present