Sole Twisted Heir
A triptych of avant-garde films by Denver based artist Donald Maestas can be viewed at the mini-site Sole Twisted Heir. The work was influenced by Rosarium, and tells a tale of it’s own set to tracks “Processional Pt. I”, “The Cross of Snow”, & “Rosary”. Although the films were created as standalone works to accompany the music, their source material comes from a triptych of original artworks done with pastel crayons by Donald Maestas. His obsessively refined, minimal, yet immediately intimate style felt undeniably appropriate in the context of this collaboration. The interplay of the art, films, and music together was purposefully intended to illuminate the subtle oddities and uncanny natures of the independent parts.
With much gratitude to Allamar Design for creating a site that bridges these works into an experience of it’s own. Also to Daniel Crossley for his hauntingly beautiful photography.
Officially released on October 9th, 2012, Rosarium will be available in a limited audiophile quality 45RPM 2xLP 180gram marbled vinyl edition (with included CD copy), as well as a standard Japanese mini album cardboard sleeve edition exclusively from Tonefloat.
Rosarium was written, recorded, and produced by Kirill Nikolai in various parts of Colorado, with additional guest contributions by Carol Anne McGowan (Donegal, Ireland) and Randall Frazier (Orbit Service). Additional regular contributors include cellist Phil Norman, singer-songwriter Jessica Dye, William Klingenmeier and Grayson Scherer.
The record was mastered by Peter Van Vliet (The Use of Ashes) in the Netherlands. Artwork photography by Daniel Crossley with additional art and design by Carl Glover.
Rosarium deals with sentiments of loss and the occult; the delusion, melancholy, and horror that is born from our inability to part with that which is dearest to us.
A triptych of short avant-garde films by Denver based artist Donald Maestas can be viewed at the mini-site Sole Twisted Heir. The work was influenced by Rosarium, and tells a tale of it’s own set to tracks “Processional Pt. I”, “The Cross of Snow”, & “Rosary”.
For more information and news on this release visit Tonefloat and Still Light. To pre-order the album now visit the Tonefloat shop. Sample tracks can be previewed through Tonefloat’s soundcloud page.
Carol Anne McGowan
The Use of Ashes
“as 2009 was drawing to a close, critics were falling over themselves to include an album in their “end of the year” lists which had been printed in the ridiculously tiny print run of 50 copies: still light’s lything was a hideaway in sepia colours, a private world of heartbroken guitars, light-filled drones, ancient whispers and echoes of folk, country, progrock and ambient. firmly rooted in the world of song, these at first simple structures would sometimes branch out into soundscape-territory within the blink of an eye, while always retaining their melancholic melodic charm. so warm and organic was this combination that many were led to believe it had to have been written and recorded by the three musicians in the same room.
as it turned out, however, lything was the result of a long-distance partnership between edinburgh-based singer/songwriter lucy hague, colorado’s kirill nikolai and london-based artist sand snowman, known from his psychedelic folk suites on tonefloat. by freely passing around ideas, concepts and files, the album slowly attained its cinematic beauty through a process of gradual refinement. thanks to this re-release, their music is sure to finally meet a lot more interested ears this time – and turn into a hot contender for 2010’s end of the year lists again.
lything is out on tonefloat’s c imprint on black 180grams vinyl in handmade sleeve with lacquered and stamped insert. the release date is march 16. the album can be pre-ordered directly from our tonefloat shop.”
US Customers can buy directly to save significantly on shipping. Inquire at stilllightrecords(at)gmail(dot)com.
The limited vinyl edition of Lything is now available to pre-order at the tonefloat store.
“Limited edition of 300 copies in 3 different printings on 180 grams black vinyl, with handmade sleeve with lacquered and stamped insert.”
Pre-orders are set to ship on the release date of March 16th, 2010. Every order will include a copy of the second issue of tonefloat magazine, which will feature (among others) an exclusive Still Light interview with Kirill Nikolai.