September 1st sees the release of 'Through the Sparkle', the long-awaited collaboration between Astrïd and Rachel Grimes.
You can now hear a second track taken from the record entitled 'Hollis'.
We are delighted to welcome Belgium-based double bass player and electronic producer Otto Lindholm to the Gizeh family.
Otto's second album Alter is released October 13th on limited edition 180g vinyl and download. It's now available to pre-order and you can hear the opening track Fauve.
We have a Gizeh Store exclusive vinyl version available which comes with a 12" x 12" print by SmilingPaperGhosts - limited to 30 copies.
Divided into four colour-inspired, long-form movements, Alter takes off from Lindholm’s previous work - a self-titled album released in 2015 on Icarus Records, and pushes the already abundant palette of sounds even further. This new work is more brooding and hypnotic. A deep, resonating bass is present - hinting at the likes of Greek, chamber-doom merchants Mohammad but perhaps with more attention placed upon textures and melody.
The record moves at a funereal pace and opener Fauve hits abyssal depths from the outset. A bowed melody is coaxed through the throbbing bass with dissonant harmonics drawing you in and holding you close. The ghostly beginnings of Alyscamps create an overwhelmingly tense atmosphere where acoustic and electronic elements collide and evolve into a heaving, ceremonious drone. Shafts of light emerge through the fog but the tone remains a haunted one. Closer, Heliotrope, strikes a more hopeful note. A lighter, more open feel emerges - bringing to mind early work of The Rachels or perhaps Deaf Center.
Alter is a triumphant record in its entirety. Seamlessly moving from light to shade and back again, experimenting in heavy atmosphere and ultimately drawing you into its deep and mysterious world.
Some words from Otto Lindhom on the album:
“My original idea was to work on the melody and the play of the arco, looking for expressive music from this combination. To do it, I first decided to work on 'modes' and their specific color. With these modes I could work on tensions, frictions and color shading. Working on the melody aspect, I was looking to go beyond the romantic, easy listening or sentimentalizing, trying to suggest more than an expression of concrete emotions.
Naturally, a kind of impressionist, musical approach appeared to me where I could simply develop and enhance the music I was playing/writing. With my daughter about to born and my strong wish to record new music, this spurred me to work efficiently. I had no time or space for deviations, forcing me to sculpt the music as it came out, enjoying and contemplating a sort of rawness in my play and direction.”
We are excited to announce that Hundred Year Old Man have joined the label and will release a debut single Black Fire on August 25th.
A six-piece collective based in Leeds, UK, HYOM focus on the parameters of post-metal, doom and heavy music. Formed in 2015, the band have spent the past year touring and playing shows with the likes of Deafheaven, Ohhms, Moloken, Employed To Serve, Conjurer, Fen, Opium Lord, Canvas and Wren.
Black Fire is the perfect introduction to the Hundred Year Old Man world, encompassing everything this ensemble is about within its full ten minutes. Heavy, bleak, atmospheric riffs rise through the mist… patience is required and rewarded. This is a band intent on doing things differently. Abrasive and aggressive in equal measures, it’s apocalyptic noise with a thick celestial light poured on it.
You can now pre-order the CD version of the single and we have also made a bundle deal available including a t-shirt.
• CD // Housed in a double-panel, hand-screen-printed card sleeve with a card insert. Recycled card used throughout and placed in an eco-friendly outer plastic bag. Each item is individually printed, cut, assembled and packaged by SmilingPaperGhosts at Gizeh HQ. A download code is inserted for access to a lossless, digital version.
• Chest print on a 100% Organic combed ringspun cotton shirt.
• Black ink on a 140g dark grey shirt
• Designed and hand-printed by SmilingPaperGhosts.
You can see Hundred Year Old Man live at the following dates:
27.07 - Leeds (UK) - Fox & Newt w/ Archelon
28.07 - Birmingham (UK) - Hare & Hounds w/ Archelon
29.07 - Cardiff (UK) - Fuel Bar w/ Archelon
30.07 - Nottingham (UK) - Chameleon Arts Cafe w/ Archelon
12.08 - Bloodstock Festival (UK) w/ Amon Amarth, Ghost, Megadeth
26.08 - Salford (UK) - Eagle Inn
01.09 - Mansfield (UK) - Bowl in Hand
08.09 - Leeds (UK) - Bad Apples
14.10 - Leeds (UK) - Fox & Newt w/ A-Sun Amissa
18.11 - York (UK) - Fulford Arms
A.R.C. Soundtracks are the latest addition to the Gizeh family and we are delighted to be releasing their new album DERELICTION//MIRROR on September 15th.
The record is be the newest instalment of our ever popular Dark Peak series and is released as a limited CD edition of 175 copies, hand-printed, assembled and numbered at Gizeh HQ.
A.R.C. Soundtracks is the audio/visual project of K.Craig and David Armes. DERELICTION//MIRROR is the duo’s third release, following on from a debut album; Archive: Volume One (Little Crackd Rabbit) and a cassette release for Sacred Tapes, From A Shattered Beam.
Pre-orders for DERELICTION//MIRROR are now open and we are streaming the opening track from the album below. Read on for more information about the release and tour dates.
ABOUT THE CD // Limited edition of 175. Housed in a double-panel, hand-screen-printed card sleeve with two card inserts and an additional bonus print from Red Plate Press. Recycled card used throughout and placed in an eco-friendly outer plastic bag. Each item is individually printed, cut, assembled, numbered and packaged by SmilingPaper Ghosts at Gizeh HQ. A download code is inserted for access to a lossless, digital version. Also included is a link to view an accompanying film - essential viewing to experience this project in its full glory.
DERELICTION//MIRROR was created on-residency at Salford's Islington Mill, home to GNOD, Sacred Tapes and many other noise/experimental musicians and labels. It is an audio/visual piece that uses the semi-derelict attic spaces as both inspiration and source material. Focussing on the notion of ruins and their potential for reappropriation, DERELICTION//MIRROR combines a dense, multi-layered sound-world with ritualistic visuals to create an immersive, hypnotic work.
This new film and soundtrack takes us into a bleak auditory realm of post-industrial structures and traces the role of the body within these liminal spaces. Strained harmonics and industrial, discordance mesh with veiled rhythms and spoken-word narrative to create a heavy, static energy to both sound and visuals.
• K. Craig - synths, percussion, voice, FX
• David Armes - lap steel, electric piano, samples, synths
+ guest voice from Elizabeth Willow
• Mixed by David Armes & K. Craig
• Mastered by Mark Beazley
• Artwork by K. Craig
• CD packaging by SmilingPaperGhosts
06.09 - Vienna (AT) - Brandstätte Concert Series - Cafe Korb
07.09 - Berlin (DE) - Zukunft am Ostkreuz
08.09 - Leipzig (DE) - Unterholz
09.09 - Hradec Králové (CZ) - MENU
12.09 - Bochum (DE) - Bastion
13.09 - Gent (BE) - Kinky Star
We are thrilled to announce the release of Through the Sparkle, a collaboration between French ensemble astrïd and American pianist and composer Rachel Grimes.
The album is released September 1st on 180g vinyl, CD and download.
Pre-orders are now open and the first 50 vinyl orders come complete with an exclusive print from SmilingPaperGhosts.
You can also hear a track from the record called M5.
Rachel Grimes is best known for her chamber music project Rachel’s, a hugely influential group formed in 1991 in Louisville, Kentucky, releasing six studio albums between 1995 and 2005. She has also released a string of contemporary classical works in recent years on labels such as Temporary Residence. astrïd is a collective of four musicians based in Nantes, releasing records on Rune Grammofon and Home Normal.
After years of mail and email back and forth over the ocean, from Nantes to Kentucky, astrïd invited Rachel to come for a residency to make music together and play shows in France. They gathered for a few days, here and there, in 2012 and 2013 to write songs in Cyril and Vanina's home studio in the countryside.
The compositions found on Through the Sparkle glow with a unique, connected energy and a pure, instinctive musical understanding. Considered contributions from all sides allow the pieces to unfurl naturally. Each note and phrase feels like it simply couldn’t be placed anywhere else in the album.
Charming, gentle and cinematic sounds are found here in abundance. Melodies circle and reveal themselves without force, allowing the listener to focus and explore the depths of what is on offer. Musically, Through the Sparkle is an expansive and evocative album. There is a presence to be felt throughout, from Cyril Secq’s emotive tremelo’d guitars of M5 to the darker, more haunting mood of The Theme, to the tension in Mossgrove & Seaweed. Strings and woodwind coalesce around intricate piano and guitar movements creating a wealth of harmony and melancholy.
Through the Sparkle is a record of miniature symphonies, of elegant restraint. A gracious and generous offering from a group of musicians at one with each other and at the top of their game.
• Vanina Andréani : violin, kalimba, metallophone
• Rachel Grimes : piano
• Yvan Ros : drums, percussions
• Cyril Secq : guitars, harmonium, Juno, Rhodes, bass
• Guillaume Wickel : clarinet, bass clarinet, Juno
• Recorded and mixed by Cyril Secq at the Goulphar studio, from 2013 to 2015
• Mastered by Lawrence English @ 158
• Artwork by SmilingPaperGhosts
1. The Herald en Masse
3. The Theme
4. Mossgrove & Seaweed
7. Le Petit Salon
From time to time we get pieces of damaged stock so we decided, instead of selling them via Discogs, to make a dedicated page on the store.
The record itself will always be in perfect condition. The discount is due to some slight damaged to the sleeve... a small tear in the spine or a bent corner etc.
Better to find a loving home rather than sitting around at Gizeh HQ for ever.....
May 12th sees the release of Aidan Baker and Karen Willems' new album 'Nonland'. You can now stream the opening track 'Like A Soft Rain Coming' below.
The record is available to pre-order now on limited edition transparent vinyl with an extra limited version complete with an exclusive art print by SmilingPaperGhosts.
We also have a very limited edition Nonland t-shirt available. Designed and hand-printed by SmilingPaperGhosts, these are now open for pre-order and will only be available until May 12th so be quick if you want one.