We’ve got some items on sale this week from the HIC SUNT LEONES label, but we only have one or two copies left of each, so grab them before they’re gone!
Aglaia – Otherworldliness –Regularly $11.99, right now just $9.99
Digipak. “Suspended atmospheres, a mix of ageless sounds are the essence of Otherwordliness. Sounds that meet along border lines, beyond wordly dimension. Every moment is incomprehensible, every space is far, it becomes horizon when it comes in contact with the eyes, every fragment of life is a sound that it gets lost into infinite. We can only listen.”
Aglaia – Absolutely Deep –Regularly $11.99, right now just $9.99
“Absolutely Deep makes us float up like fresh anti-gravitational air.
Listening to it is like flying over a scenery suspended between day and night.
It brings dust into memories, it fertilizes and makes reminiscences shining.
The tracks are seven long sonic fluxes that flow imperfect from beginning to end, with no unplanned accidents, very useful to be able to remain what we dream and see, and from time to time to mix ourselves between sky and earth”. –firstname.lastname@example.org
Aglaia – Nights in Nubiland –Regularly $13.99, right now just $11.99
Nights in Nubiland is a trip into fantastic territories. Nubiland is is the place of the Clouds, where the landscapes are attended between midnight and the dawn… before the sunrise. This new album start a new chapter for Aglaia. Pure electronics, new sounds, but above all we feel a new compositive spirit, that connect the therapeutic music of the beginning into new spontaneous forms… imaginary gestures, that without losing the sensibility and the mystery of the first compositions, expand the language into the personal expression of an art form. -aliodie.com
Alio Die – Tempus Rei –Regularly $13.99, right now just $11.99
An epic and intense album with two long tracks, where the usual drones and loops, zither and field recordings go deeply into an old-time surrealism. -equilibriummusic.com
CD packaged in an elegant three-sided digipack
Alio Die – The Hidden Spring –Regularly $13.99, right now just $11.99
A collection of new and previously released compositions from this interesting ambient soundscape artist. Many of the tracks seem to suggest watery landscapes, with thick, murky, wave-like movement. Droning low tones, eerie chimes, as well as slightly musical synths, samples, etc. all have their place here. – Hic Sunt Leones
Collectible digipak printed in black on silver, in collaboration with the American graphic artist Joseph Uccello.
Alio Die – Khen Introduce Silence –Regularly $13.99, right now just $11.99
Taking basic improvisations only from sounds produced by Khen (mouth-organ from Thailand/Laos) and processed by different controls like filters, pan and multi-effects, Stefano Musso looks for a vibrational enviroment that is like a special point of view, where time changes his meaning and sometimes becomes absolutely relative, finding a place for contemplation, like being in the clouds and breathing with the sound of the spheres. Observe the circular harmony of seasons in his never ending flow, it speaks like old poetry that is familiar to the soul.
Alio Die – il Tempo Magico di Saturnia Pavonia –Regularly $13.99, right now just $11.99
We begin with A Gift” which is a composition of whistles and highly processed accordion–immediately the recycling projects of Vidna Obmana, for example Landscape in Obscurity, come to mind. Gradually the accordion tones build up to form a harmonic mass of sound, rapturous in tone. Pretty good for an accordion! The next two tracks launch right into traditional Alio Die territory–repeated “melodies” featuring processed traditional instruments alongside rich organic drones. This is what we’ve come to expect and love in an Alio Die CD. Alio Die has mastered this type of composition–not to mention the fact that the types of tracks he does are unmistakably Alio Die. There are not nearly enough Alio Die discs to be tired of the style yet. The attention to mystic tone is so deep that it is hard to not be entranced even with minor stylistic tweaks to the Alio Die-style proper. A standout track is “Fragile-struggente,” which is a very simple mixture of melancholy synth loop accompanied by the sound of a lemon peel burning on a stove (according to the liner notes). It’s a gorgeous little piece, with incidental noises and creaks that remind me of Ora. It’s tracks like this that have beguiled me with Alio Die from the start. A simple setup leads to pure ambient ritualism. A still later track, “Still Here!” reminds us that past drone albums are not far off–I would not be surprised if this were an outtake from Incantamento. I have always imagined Stefano Musso as some crazy Italian guy making ambient records out in the middle of nowhere. Sure, he’s got an email address, but who’s to say this isn’t some strange sham? Whenever I pop in the Alio Die album of choice, it’s not idle soundscaping with strange noises, it’s not a journey into deep, dark space like so many other ambient releases fine and not so fine. This is the sound of a man with wild hair performing a magickal-with-a-‘k’ ritual on the top of a mountain amidst blowing crosswinds. As we all well know, black magic is not performed without consequences–Musso has tapped into some leyline of arcane energy, and it’s seeped into the music.” -Review from Hic Sunt Leones
Aglaia – Naked Movements –Regularly $13.99, right now just $11.99
Twelve essential tracks, direct and minimal. Ascetic and natural. The places that are described here should be like a nocturnal snowfall, or a sultry and hot summer afternoon, the rolling of air on a lake’s shore… or a simple movement of leaves. It is the artist’s sensibility that translate the reflective and subtle emotions into the fragile poetry of sounds. -Hic Sunt Leones
Alio Die & Zeit – Raag Drone Theory –Regularly $13.99, right now just $11.99
Tommaso Cimò (Zeit) is back together with Alio Die composing the long flow raga-drone of “Raag Drone Theory” with acoustic sessions recorded in the cloister of the Annunziata in Lunigiana. The warm tones of acoustic dulcimer and zither are mixed with the sound of a shruti-box, while the rest is done by the usual drones & loops dispensed with appropriate measures by the two. Charming quiet music. -oldeuropacafe.com
Alio Die & James Johnson – Cube 7, Sospensione D’Estate –Regularly $13.99, right now just $11.99
CUBE music is designed to blur the architectural spaces that we occupy during our waking hours of the day. Whether it be an office cubical, a personal listening space or subtly defined spaces within an architectural enviroment. CUBE music is music at the edge of perception, music meant to expand interior space. -aliodie.com
Saffron Wood – Platonica Filosofia della Temperanza –Regularly $13.99, right now just $11.99
A land hidden from controled pleausures of rationality among soul an internal platonic part, it is the first andoncy CD by Lorenzo Scopelliti, single musical expression of Saffron Wood, rich in enthusiasm and love, emboried between discoring and long harmonious. The Friscalettu flutes, the impulsive tibetan trumpet and his bells. The vibrating harmoniuns dances of the sicilian Maranzannu and the Vietnamese Danmoi, the evocative sonority of the Indian Dilruba and the Egyptian Rebab, the shy puffs of the Shakuhachi and the indian Bansuri, the cymbals, the ceramic and glass percussions, are in this way translated and trasformed omeopathicly in Platonic Philosophy” expressing the possible prophecy among soul, ground and the acoustic steps of a special peace…. where we often like to find ourselves.”-Review from Databloem Records
Nosesoul: Francesco Paladino & Opium – Angel Ghost & Human Shades –Regularly $13.99, right now just $11.99
Nosesoul project is pure improvisation, my sessions have been improvised and directly mixed with Francesco’s voices. These sounds are pure breathe, pure prayers, pure mourns and pure pleasures to me. I hope this experience won’t leave me through my next years. -TeoZini/Opium
Ambient experimental sounds combining the ‘Francesco’ voices with improvisational programming from Opium. Francesco Paladino here provides vocalisations that range from moans, whines and nasal tones through to various mutterings and mournings. Teo Zini or Opium surrounds these utterances with layers of ambient electronic texture and processed ‘wave editings’. There sultant sound is a mysterious organic sound installation that is suggestive of various dream states – jangling bells, buzzing flies, birds, water droplets and hypnotic drones hang in the aural air – ambiguous, evocative and unsettling.Titles add to the dreamy mood of the music – ‘grasswall painted green’, ‘me, thesky sleeping’, ‘sunrise overflow’. -aliodie.com
Werner Durand & Alio Die – Aqua Planing –Regularly $13.99, right now just $11.99
Drift towards the adventurous land at the border of dream. A happy game of lost and found in a different dimension…
Sounds mainly by Asian instruments like Kehn, Ney, Shakuhachi and field recordings made in Thailand. -oldeuropacafe.com
Nick Parkin – Descent –Regularly $10.99, right now just $8.99
“A meditative obscure travel with acoustic and electronic treated sounds.” –aliodie.com