The stunning collaboration between Astrïd and Rachel Grimes, 'Through the Sparkle', is out now on 180g vinyl, CD and download.
Head on over and visit our friends at Echoes & Dust to stream the record in full.
"What I would like to call it is organic music; natural-blending soundscapes, ambient music without any electronics, and a style that would perfectly fit into a wide range of cinematic scenes, from romantic to film noir."
"The collaboration benefits both sides. Grimes again has a basket in which to carry her notes. Astrïd has the icing for their cake. Through the Sparkle reflects the glow of an inspired pairing. Soft sparks fly, reflect their scenery, and settle onto a reflective floor."
A CLOSER LISTEN
"Through the Sparkle balances shimmering, softly shining upliftingless with shifting shadows. It’s an easy yet rich listening experience which brings with it a sense of the way in which music can enrich the soul."
You can also find this record at the following excellent establishments:
• Norman Records
• Jumbo Records
• Stashed Goods
• Piccadilly Records
• Resident Records
• Rhythm Online
• Robotic Empire
• Forced Exposure
• Consouling Sounds
Through the Sparkle is a collaboration between French ensemble Astrïd and American pianist and composer Rachel Grimes.
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 M5to 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.
Hundred Year Old Man's immense new single 'Black Fire' is out now on limited edition CD and download.
The CD is 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 SmilingPaper Ghosts at Gizeh HQ. A download code is inserted for access to a lossless, digital version.
We also have a t-shirt bundle deal available.
"Every moment on this monumental piece is honed to perfection, to achieve maximum sonic impact." Aural Aggravation
"There is a lot of variation in the ten and a half minutes of the track, with twists and turns that, just when you’ve thought you know where it is heading, it has changed." Drifting, Almost Falling
“Black Fire is the perfect introduction to Hundred Year Old Man, indeed this track encompasses everything this crushing conglomerate is about, 10 minutes of heavy, atmospheric riffs build and descend through the sonic ether and the listener is ultimately rewarded in spades." The Sludgelord
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.
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