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Astrid & Rachel Grimes - Through The Sparkle
Through the Sparkle is a collaboration between French ensemble AstrÔd and American pianist and composer Rachel Grimes. Rachel Grimes is best known for her chamber music project Rachelís, 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. AstrÔd 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, astrÔd 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 couldnít 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 Secqís emotive tremeloíd 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.

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Astrid & Rachel Grimes - Through The Sparkle
Through the Sparkle is a collaboration between French ensemble AstrÔd and American pianist and composer Rachel Grimes. Rachel Grimes is best known for her chamber music project Rachelís, 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. AstrÔd 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, astrÔd 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 couldnít 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 Secqís emotive tremeloíd 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.

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Tomorrow We Sail - For Those Who Caught The Sun In Flight
Slow-burning post-rock / neo-classical / folk from this Leeds-based septet, with layered, almost choral vocals set against guitar, strings and piano. Reminiscent of Sigur Ros or Godspeed You Black Emperor with a UK folk slant. (Gizeh Records).

CD - Gizeh - GIZEH049CD - £6.99Add to basket
Conquering Animal Sound - Kammerspiel
Debut album from this Glasgow duo, released on Leeds-based Gizeh label. Mixing songwriting with electronica, loops'n'glitch meet organic instrumental sounds and embryonic dance rhythms, with fragile vocals layered above. Whirling junkshop electronic pop for fans of Mum, Bjork, Fever Ray, Lali Puna.

CD - Gizeh - GZH27CD - £10.99
Sleepingdog - With Our Heads In The Clouds And Our Hearts In The Fields
Adam Wiltzie of Stars Of The Lid in collaboration with Chantel Acda, picking up teamwork begun in 2004 with the Dead Texan. Ethereal songwriting meets semi-classical ambience with piano, strings, guitar & gentle noise providing the stark instrumental settings. Also featuring contributions from Hildur Gudnadottir on cello.

CD - Gizeh - GZH31 - £9.99
Farewell Poetry - Hoping For The Invisible To Ignite
Spoken word / dark poetry narrated over highly cinematic, vivid musical arrangements comparable with the early Constellation (Godspeed You Black Emperor / A Silver Mt Zion) sound... Comes with DVD featuring the 'As True As Troilus' black and white film plus bonus live performance at St-Eustache Church in Paris...

CD+DVD - Gizeh - GZH35CD - £11.99
Farewell Poetry - Hoping For The Invisible To Ignite - LP+DVD
Spoken word / dark poetry narrated over highly cinematic, vivid musical arrangements comparable with the early Constellation (Godspeed You Black Emperor / A Silver Mt Zion) sound... Comes with DVD featuring the 'As True As Troilus' black and white film plus bonus live performance at St-Eustache Church in Paris...

LP - Gizeh - GZH35LP - £18.99Add to basket
A-Sun Amissa - Desperate In Her Heavy Sleep
Leeds-based project featuring Glissando members. Strings and guitars combine to produce murky drones and heavy melodic menace. A-Sun Amissa take the baton from the likes of Set Fire To Flames plus Godspeed You Black Emperor, and run with it...Slowly.

CD - Gizeh - GZH37 - £12.99
Fieldhead - A Correction
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LP - Gizeh - GZH39LP - £18.99
Glissando - The World Without Us
The Glissando duo return after four years... An album of brooding songwriting and rainy, doomed ambience, in which piano, guitar, field recordings, strings and more build stark settings for Elly May Irving's near-choral vocals... fans of Library Tapes, Low or Godspeed You Black Emperor should seek out...

CD - Gizeh - GZH40CD - £11.99
Glissando - The World Without Us
The Glissando duo return after four years... An album of brooding songwriting and rainy, doomed ambience, in which piano, guitar, field recordings, strings and more build stark settings for Elly May Irving's near-choral vocals... fans of Library Tapes, Low or Godspeed You Black Emperor should seek out...

LP - Gizeh - GZH40LP - £17.99Add to basket
Jayne Amara Ross, Frederic D. Oberland, Gaspar Claus - The Freemartin Calf
Film soundtrack featuring founding members of Farewell Poetry. Vinyl LP plus DVD of the film, download of the soundtrack and bonus download of soundtrack performed live in Paris, 2011.

LP - Gizeh - GZH42LP - £29.99
Last Harbour - Caul
The new album from Last Harbour, Caul has a dark, gothic heart but beautiful and transcendent songs. Contains all of the bandís trademark bruised laments and doom-filled rock, but with an added layer of raw, bleak experimentation that marries ideally and simultaneously with brighter, almost joyous moments.

CD - Gizeh - GZH59CD - £13.99Add to basket
FOUDRE! - Earth
Commissioned by Silke Schmickl from Lowave for the festival 'Singapour Mon Amour' in Paris, this album was recorded in the 16th century gothic church of Saint-Merry in June 2015 as a live soundtrack performance for EARTH - an experimental film directed by one of the most important Singaporean contemporary artists, Ho Tzu Nyen.

LP - GIZEH - GZH71 - £19.99Add to basket
Astrid & Rachel Grimes - Through The Sparkle
Through the Sparkle is a collaboration between French ensemble AstrÔd and American pianist and composer Rachel Grimes. Rachel Grimes is best known for her chamber music project Rachelís, 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. AstrÔd 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, astrÔd 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 couldnít 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 Secqís emotive tremeloíd 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.

CD - GIZEH - GZH073CD - £9.99Add to basket
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