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.