As another year draws to a close we would like to take this now customary opportunity to thank you all for your support throughout 2018. While it hasn’t been a particularly prolific year for the label we have still managed to release six excellent records, launch the inaugural Gizehfest and see our artists do a tremendous amount of touring across the last twelve months.
As everyone knows, the musical landscape we exist in is a tumultuous one - for us as a label and for our bands trying to further their art and craft. Simply raising awareness and letting people know what we are all up to is becoming a real challenge. Be it social media algorithms blocking posts or just the sheer amount of music being released - making it harder to get reviews, interviews, features and such like. That’s why our newsletter is crucial to us and why we try and use it in a regular fashion, attempting frequency without becoming too damn annoying. We hope the pre-orders, discounts and heads-up you receive by being part of it are enough to keep you clicking open when it arrives in your inbox.
Word-of-mouth is also, of course, very important to endeavours such as ours so please continue to spread the music we release as far and wide as you can. A share or a retweet or bringing a friend to a show - it truly makes a difference. This year we have trialled our bandcamp page as a pay-what-you-want system which seems to have worked quite well and it’s something we aim to continue. Our traditional Winter Sale is now on and will run until the end of the month so please make use of the generous offers… fill some holes in your collection, try out something new or grab a record for a friend. We are shipping orders right the way up to Christmas.
And so we look to 2019. We already have our first batch of releases in place and we’ll bring news on those as soon as we can. It’s looking like another exciting year - working with some new artists and some old label faithfuls. Gizehfest is expanding to two editions as we take the show to Belgium for the first time in February, alongside our Manchester night in March. There are plenty of tours in the works alongside other schemes and plans as usual.
We also live in hope that our country doesn’t pull up the drawbridge on our tiny island. Our connection to Europe is a deep one. So many years of touring, long friendships and warm welcomes across so many countries and a common musical bond. Over 50% of our orders are shipped to Europe. Our vinyl is produced in the Czech Republic, our CD’s in Poland, our distributor for the world is based in Germany. We truly hope these relationships can withstand the current insanity and that we are able to build more bridges and more friendships in the years to come.
Here’s to another goddamn New Year and thanks again for your support.
A LOOK BACK ON THE RECORDS WE RELEASED IN 2018
Watch the trailer below - created by Chariot Of Black Moth.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Nadja is a duo of multi-instrumentalist Aidan Baker and bassist Leah Buckareff active since 2005 and credited as one of the progenitors of the genres ‘drone doom’ or ‘metalgaze’—heavy atmospheric music which combines the darkness and volume of doom metal and industrial with the textures and melodicism of shoegaze and ambient/electronic music. The project has released numerous albums on many different underground labels—Alien8 Recordings, Daymare Records, Essence Music, Hydrahead Records, Gizeh Records, and Important Records, to name a few—and have toured extensively with performances in Europe, Japan, Russia, Australia/New Zealand, and North and South America, including appearances at such festivals as SXSW, FIMAV, Roadburn, Le Guess Who, Incubate, and Unsound. www.nadjaluv.ca
A-Sun Amissa is a music collective founded and led by Richard Knox (The Eternal Return Arkestra, The Rustle of the Stars, Shield Patterns, Glissando) that has featured an array of members and collaborators since it’s formation in 2011. Their sound touches on elements of post-rock, doom, dark-jazz and drone. Recorded output has been released on Richard's own Gizeh label as well as Belgium's Consouling Sounds. A new album Ceremony in the Stillness was released in September - the projects most focused and structured output yet.
Live, the set-up can range from a solo performance to a full band show. Dense and heavy atmospheres provide the backdrop to the sound. Layers of mournful, melancholic and ethereal melodies weave amongst the thundering beats and intense, heaving guitars.
The band has toured Europe several times and performed with the likes of Amenra, Nadja, Helen Money, Jozef Van Wissem, Jucifer and Telepathy.
Members and collaborators in the project include; Richard Knox (The Eternal Return Arkestra, Shield Patterns, The Rustle of the Stars, Glissando), Angela Chan (Tomorrow We Sail, Lanterns On The Lake, The Rustle of the Stars), Owen Pegg (Hundred Year Old Man), Claire Brentnall (Shield Patterns), David McLean (Gnod, Tombed Vision Records), Aidan Baker (Nadja), Colin H. van Eeckhout (Amenra), Gareth Davis (Merzbow, Oiseaux-Tempete), Frédéric D. Oberland (Oiseaux-Tempete, The Rustle of the Stars, FareWell Poetry, FOUDRE!), Aaron Martin, Christine Ott and Jo Quail. www.slowsecret.com
AIDAN BAKER & KAREN WILLEMS
Aidan Baker is a Canadian musician and writer currently based in Berlin, Germany. Classically trained in flute, he is self-taught on guitar, drums, and various other instruments.
As a solo artist, Baker explores the deconstructive sonic possibilities of the electric guitar as a primary sound source, creating music that ranges from experimental to post-rock to contemporary classical.
Baker has released numerous recordings on record labels around the world and has published several books of poetry. In addition to his solo work, he also performs in Nadja, BBS, Caudal, Adoran, Whisper Room, and ARC https://brokenspineprods.wordpress.com/
Karen Willems is a restless seeker. Always digging for more. Digging deeper. Her spontaneous, organic approach to playing has always been able to avoid clichés. Endless turning patterns often form the basis for her musical coloring pages, they are the glue that keep these many temperaments and atmospheres together.
Willems’ quirkiness has become her trademark in the meantime, and it is probably also one of the main reasons why she turns up in such different surroundings (Zita Swoon Group, Jan Swerts, Pascal Deweze, Novastar, Mauro Pawlowski, Jean DL, Aidan Baker, Eric Thielemans, Ultima Vez…) https://about.me/karen_willems
OTTO LINDHOLM & JEAN D.L. (Exclusive collaboration)
Brussels-based producer evolving between drone music and modern classical, Otto Lindholm employs an array of loop pedals and electronic effects in partnership with his double bass to produce a range of rich and voluptuous tones, emotions, and elongated melodies. Otto Lindholm came to light in 2016 with his debut eponym LP (Icarus Records), “a stunningly beautiful record” (FACT). His second LP ‘Alter’ (2017 Gizeh), was introduced on BBC6 by Mary Anne Hobbs as an “Extraordinary new LP. Deeply meditative”. Early 2018, he opened the new Houndstooth compilation ‘In Death’s Dream Kingdom’. Upon invitation of Stuart Argabright, he has collaborated on the new Black Rain EP ‘Computer Soul’ that will be released in October 2018 on Blackest Ever Black. His collaboration with P.Maze, Orphan Swords half duo, ‘Where The Wolf Has Been Seen’ is due to be released on Aurora Borealis Recordings at the end of 2018. Otto Lindholm recently begins a new collaboration with london based electronic producer Ross Tones aka Throwing Snow under the moniker Everything Falls Apart. www.ottolindholm.net
Jean D.L. (guitar & tape machine) develops a universe at once intimistic and noisy, made of hazy soundscape. Jean D.L. has worked in solo but has also collaborated with the likes of Lee Ranaldo, Mauro A. Pawlowski, Teun Verbruggen, Jozef Van Wissem, Anla Courtis, Jozef Dumoulin, Julia Kent, Karen Willems… https://bruiseonsilence.com/
September 14th sees the release of new A-Sun Amissa album Ceremony in the Stillness and you can now hear a second track from the album entitled To the Ashes. Catch the band on the road in Europe this September and October.
"An album that’s both breathtaking and, in places, harrowing, and above all, immersive." Aural Aggravation
"Lingering guitars and steady drum rhythms now make up most of the music, but the gloomy, intrinsic atmosphere remains a constant. A perfectly balanced album, recommended to all fans of slow and dark" Merchants of Air
For its fourth full-length, A-Sun Amissa plunges deeper than before. Guitars come to the fore. Heavy, distorted chords are present from the off, complemented by desolate ambient passages of sound. The claustrophobic atmospheres remain but combine with a new density and sonic experimentation to present a huge leap forward in structure and composition.
Ceremony in the Stillness hints at themes from the previous three outings while very much pushing the project into new territories. The intricate nuances and lulling melodies from Desperate in Her Heavy Sleep (2012) reappear while the billowing guitars of You Stood Up For Victory, We Stood up For Less (2013) are referenced throughout. In comparison to 2017’s The Gatherer it’s clear there is a firmer direction in the song-writing as the album weaves through elements of doom, dark ambient and post-rock, placing its very own unique mark firmly into the ears of the listener.
A-Sun Amissa is the project of Richard Knox (founder of Gizeh Records and member of The Rustle of the Stars, Shield Patterns and Glissando) and while Knox takes the central role on Ceremony in the Stillness, again we see several collaborators contributing to the record.
As album opener The Black Path unfurls, the cello of Jo Quail creeps through the thick wall of guitar to offer a moment of calm before the song comes to life with the introduction of drums (from Archelon’s TJ Fairfax) for the first time on a A-Sun Amissa record. Alongside a dense and hypnotically repetitive riff, it’s A-Sun Amissa’s heaviest moment to date as the song collapses under its own weight to leave a crumbling and uneasy passage of cello and guitar drone. Intertwining guitars take centre stage on the melancholic With Wearied Eyes as the atmosphere harks back to the debut album, before the hefty guitar riffs return on To the Ashes. The Skulk reminisces on The Gatherer as David McLean’s saxophone unravels around the ondes Martenot of Christine Ott amongst a shifting tide of oscillators and drones. The record then takes a turn as No Perception of Light’s soporific opening gives way to a mesmerising beat and bassline, developing into a wall of crunching guitars and electronics. The closer, Remembrancer, features chiming guitars, conversing over bowed strings, the melancholy returning again as an enveloping, haunting orchestral outro brings the record to a conclusion.
Whether Ceremony in the Stillness represents a permanent shift in direction for A-Sun Amissa remains to be seen. What’s clear is that Knox is comfortable being on the outside looking in, and on expanding A-Sun Amissa’s palette of sounds even further it only adds to the intrigue of what comes next.
We are pleased to launch Gizeh Radio - a 24 hour, ever-evolving Spotify playlist designed to be played on shuffle. For those moments when you are unsure of what you wish to listen to, for those moments where you wish to discover something new. At home or on the road, Gizeh Radio can always be relied upon to provide you with excellent sounds wherever you are.
Gizeh Radio runs alongside our regular Gizehcast series which gives us a chance to share with you what's currently playing on the Gizeh HQ stereo.
Hit the follow button in Spotify to allow the playlist to auto-update whenever we add new tracks.
Aidan Baker, Simon Goff and Thor Harris will be taking their Noplace album on the road this September and October.
Noplace is an improvised collaboration between Aidan Baker (Nadja / Caudal / B/B/S/), Simon Goff (Molecular, Bee & Flower) and Thor Harris (Swans, Shearwater, Thor & Friends).
Having known each other for a number of years and previously contributed to one another’s recordings this trio finally came together as a whole on May 7th 2017 at Redrum Studios in Berlin. In a short, improvised session of just a few hours they set about laying down as much material as possible which was then subsequently edited and re-worked (without overdubs) to form this album - released in November 2017 on Gizeh.
The same evening the trio played together as part of a 9-piece Thor & Friends ensemble which also included Christopher Hefner (on musical saw) whose artwork graces the cover of the record and gave it its name.
Noplace is a hypnotic and deep listen. Kinetic rhythms pulsate throughout whilst the guitar and violin jostle and weave around the metronomic beats, creating a cathartic and all-encompassing experience. The very nature of the instrumental repetitions give it an immediate avant/krautrock feel but the whole record is coated in a wonderful psychedelic atmosphere that’s both melodic, textured and innovative.
Without doubt a perfect marriage and the sum of its parts. You would be forgiven for thinking Noplace took years to craft but that’s testament to three excellent musicians who have produced a real treat of a record. Broken down into seven pieces but very much best enjoyed as a thrilling whole, Noplace is a powerful and highly addictive album.