GZH64DP || February 2016 || CD/DL
CD || Limited edition of 175. Housed in a double-panel, lino printed card sleeve with two card inserts. Recycled card used throughout and placed in an eco-friendly outer plastic bag. Each item is individually printed, cut, assembled, numbered and packaged at Gizeh HQ. Includes an instant download of the full album.
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Part of Gizeh's new 'Dark Peak' series of releases.
Heavy, reverberating drones and bleak orchestral passages form the soundtrack to the independent, silent film The Roman. Æmaeth is the project of Owen Pegg (A-Sun Amissa / Hundred Year Old Man) and The Roman is his latest piece of film scoring. Pegg has also recently composed scores for The Raindance 10 minute short 2014 winner Man Can and Raindance 2015 'Dark Wave' entry To Catch A Butterfly."
The Roman's 60 minute journey is dissected into 10 pieces and the stark atmosphere remains throughout, with fleeting moments of hope and light emerging from time to time. It's an altogether immersive experience, and one that works equally with or without the accompanying film and imagery. The bone-chilling soundscapes move almost in slow-motion, the claustrophobic tones are bordering on suffocating at times, but there is always sweet relief close at hand; a break in clouds and a crack of light for company.
The record started life as a series of improvised drones and motifs played on guitar and piano to rough cuts of scenes during the film's post production. At this point the production was unravelling the story and, as edits were made and initial cuts started to filter through, the rough improvisations began to find their place within the context of the film. This process allowed for the gradual addition of further instrumentation and players as a ‘building-block’ process, where the mood and requirements for each scene dictated the direction of every movement. This allowed each piece to develop independently while simultaneously maintaining and even revisiting sounds over and over, creating themes for characters and a memory of the path already travelled. This idea is typified by the recurring saw-like bowed guitar which repeatedly breaks through, reminding us of what follows the two companions – death.
Upon completion of the film, and its premiere on May 10th 2014, work began to piece the score together into a cohesive album in its own right. Further studio time was logged with long standing friend and collaborator Richard Knox (A-Sun Amissa / Shield Patterns / The Rustle of the Stars / Glissando) to hone and polish the individual musical ‘scenes’ into a flowing album that seamlessly moves between the delicate structured melodies and dense uneasy drones.
This record forms the first release in Gizeh Records' new 'Dark Peak' series, a collection of limited CD editions, housed in special hand-crafted packaging, designed and assembled at Gizeh HQ.
""Pegg’s soundtrack conveys so much, its dark, tense tones resonate as they connote psychological drama. A journey which is most worthy of the term ‘epic’."
“Composed from improvised guitar and piano, not only are they powerful accompaniments to the film, but beautiful long-form compositions in their own right. The glacial pace slowly reveals Æmaeth’s subtle and ornate neoclassical arrangements.” Norman Records
"You don't have to see the film to be touched" 83/100 Peek-a-Boo
"Despite the prevailing darkness you will irrevocably be seized and discover much beauty in this misery. Think of an exciting amalgam of Stars Of The Lid, Richard Skelton, Celer, Orphax and former In Slaughter Natives . It's pretty frightening." Subjectivisten
"a delicate balance of atmospheres and arrangements, with both combining to create a perfect, almost terrifying glimpse into the dark space inside us all." Anthem 8/10
"soundtrack capable of suggesting a fervent imagination" SoWhat
"an imaginative passage from darkness to catharsis"
Music Won't Save You
Owen Pegg - Guitars, percussion, programming, keys
~ Kieran O'Malley - Violins
~ Natasha Williams - Voice
~ Claire Brentnall - Clarinet
~ Richard Knox - Field recording manipulation
1. And Then He Was Alone
2. A Moment of Weakness
3. Stalked by Death
4. The Roman
5. Lost in Thought & Time
6. The Journey - Pt I (Windswept)
7. The Journey - Pt II (The Summit)
8. All Hope is Lost, But One
9. Travelling Companion
~ Written, recorded and mixed by Owen Pegg at
City #1, Leeds, UK.
~ Additional tracking and mixing at
Cloud Blunt Moon, Glossop, UK.
~ Produced by Owen Pegg & Richard Knox
~ Mastered by Lawrence English at 158
~ Cover photography by Dyzigi
~ CD artwork, design and packaging by
Richard Knox and Claire Brentnall