As many of you will have seen over the past couple of years we have been running a little print project called SmilingPaperGhosts alongside Gizeh, working on many of our own releases and a bunch of things for others as well. We've taken the decision to expand on that work further and felt like it could also benefit from a new name alongside a new start. Please say hello to our new sister company Death Rattle Press. We will continue to work out of Gizeh HQ and focus on screen-printing packaging for our releases alongside printing merch for the label and our artists. We will also slowly begin to do more work outside of Gizeh, working with bands, labels and other small businesses.
We are constantly looking for new ways to approach this 'industry' we are part of and introducing the print element to what we do in the last year or two has really opened some new doors, sparked new ideas and brought with it more opportunities and flexibility. We feel as less and less people are willing to pay for music it's more important than ever to work with interesting, bespoke packaging to present the music in the best way possible and if people want to pay for that then they have an option to buy something affordable, unique and special that has our fingers-prints all over it.
You are welcome to give us a like or a follow and, of course, if you have a project you'd like to work with us on then feel free to hit us up.
Tomorrow at 6pm (gmt) we will be giving all newsletter subscribers an early listen exclusive to the new Baker / Coloccia / Mueller album 'See Through' which is released worldwide this Friday.
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The white/clear splattered vinyl edition is shipping now - many thanks to all who have already pre-ordered a copy, your support is very much appreciated as always!
We are delighted to announce our third release of 2019!
French modern-classical quartet Astrïd return on May 10th with the first part of a new release entitled 'A Porthole'.
Conceptually the two records work in unison, focusing on portholes into the abyss, with part one delving into the depths of the deep sea. The tracks are named after various strains of seaweed, the artwork depicting dark waves and uncertainty. Part two will follow in a years time and will turn its attention to the night sky and constellations. If you enjoyed 'Through the Sparkle' - Astrïd's 2017 collaboration with Rachel Grimes then we can assure you that you'll love this one.
Released May 10th on limited edition aqua blue vinyl and digital. Pre-orders are now open and initial orders again come with an exclusive 'postcard print' courtesy of Smiling Paper Ghosts. Please note that newsletter subscribers get first pickings at these so do consider signing up via our website.
The album was mastered by Harris Newman (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Tindersticks etc) and the artwork is extracted from an original one of a kind monotype print by Gizeh overlord Richard Knox.
See Through is a new collaboration between Aidan Baker (Nadja), Faith Coloccia (Mamiffer, Mara, Sige Records) and renowned percussionist Jon Mueller.
Released April 26th on limited edition vinyl and digital. Pre-orders are now open.
The project was brought to life through Baker exploring textural rhythms created by sampling small, sharp and abrupt sounds on the electric guitar and then sequencing them in a drum machine to form the bedrock of the tracks. Mueller then added his particular, signature brand of intricate, hypnotic percussion to the mix and the compositions began to grow and take shape. The pair agreed that the pieces needed a more human touch and Coloccia was invited onboard, contributing processed vocals via looping, tape manipulation and microphone feedback.
The result is an other-worldly record that seamlessly flows from beginning to end, immersing the listener in waves of ambient movements and soporific beats. There is a trance-inducing aspect to this work, deserving to be consumed in one sitting and allowed to manifest itself for the duration. The trio have crafted a piece of work that stands up to the quality and integrity of their combined back catalogues and indeed adds something completely new for fans to discover and devour.
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
French drone quartet FOUDRE! have shared a deep and hypnotic new track entitled Tsukuyomi, taken from the album KAMI 神 - released this Friday.
KAMI 神 is available on limited edition beer-coloured vinyl and digital.
KAMI 神 is the fourth opus of FOUDRE! - a telluric drone quartet composed of Frédéric D. Oberland (Oiseaux-Tempête, Le Réveil des Tropiques, The Rustle Of The Stars, FareWell Poetry), Romain Barbot (Saåad), Grégory Buffier (Saåad, Autrenoir) and Paul Régimbeau (Mondkopf, Autrenoir, Extreme Precautions) who meet punctually for sessions of ritual improvisation where they invoke noise and drone and the deities of chaos.
Improvised and recorded live at Le Rex de Toulouse supporting the 10th anniversary of French doom metal band Monarch!, KAMI神 extends the cosmogony and the sound of the band by taking excursions into the invisible and ambiguous side of nature. In this orgiastic and surprising mix of sonic textures and rhythms, you may hear strange phenomena, summoning of animistic spirits, shamanic calls, siren yellings and growls. The original chemigram artwork was created by French artist Fanny Béguély by painting with chemicals on light-sensitive paper.
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/