Blake Gibson & Robert Davies | Quiraing

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Quiraing

by Blake Gibson & Robert Davies

Unique and highly atmospheric soundscapes, blending both artists disparate styles, while aking inspiration from the epic landscapes found in Scotland.
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Quiraing
Blake Gibson & Robert Davies
10:57 album only
2. Seaside Surreal
Blake Gibson & Robert Davies
6:42 album only
3. Moorlands
Blake Gibson & Robert Davies
13:13 album only
4. Stone Circle
Blake Gibson & Robert Davies
8:04 album only
5. Megalith
Blake Gibson & Robert Davies
8:17 album only
6. Lochs Obscured
Blake Gibson & Robert Davies
7:21 album only
7. Sunshowers
Blake Gibson & Robert Davies
9:35 album only
8. Only Rain
Blake Gibson & Robert Davies
5:26 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Taking inspiration from the epic landscapes found in Scotland, Quiraing was recorded over 2 years during 2012-201, Blake and Robert’s unique ways of working contributed to a very unique sound on this release. Blending their disparate styles, and by taking inspiration from the Quiraing area of Scotland, the album features 8 varied tracks of Ambient Drone from this unlikely duo and comes highly recommended for Grassow and Oophoi fans.

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Berkdrums

A wonderful collaboration, resulting in a breathtaking drone/ambient trip!!!
'Quiraing' is a place in Scotland, and is actually the name of a landslide on the island in Scotland, called 'Skye'. The name is a combination of two words from an old Scottish language, describing the shapes of this place. Actually when you see the cover-artwork, which gives a magnificent view of the landscape of Quiraing, it's not hard to believe we are in for a stunning journey through this beautiful place! We start off with the titletrack from the album, and immediately we get pulled in this dreamlike place, with beautiful drones and synth-waves, combined with some nice eagle-like soundpulses (and I think also some effected vocals!). In the back we hear some birdsounds and fieldrecordings. The drones and pulses are constantly moving on this first journey, I can tell you: after a few times through your headphones, you'll notice it's an addictive sound!! And you'll hear more and more details... Stunning piece!! Next is "Seaside Surreal" which is a marvelous title in itself.. Some spacier drones on this one, accompanied by tinkling sounds, and sometimes it seems as if the synth-drones are angelic... It's a rather dark track, well-known from some Robert Davies-albums and it reminds me also of the darker Steve Roach works, and Robert Rich's sleeping-concert works. A very impressive track! Next up is the longest track from the album called "Moorlands". Drones and synth-swells are really slowly developing into a majestic atmosphere... This one is dark! It could be the soundtrack for a (long) Lord Of The Rings-scene straight out of 'Mordor', the 'black land'... While this one is rather dark for my taste, I always let it play 'till the end because it's also very impressive! With "Stone Circle" things get more peaceful. Light drones, ambient-pads are flowing, and there is a constant tinkling sound, as if someone is constantly playing with soft thin chimes. It's dreamy, and yet exciting and, again, it's constantly moving, addictive for the listener! "Megalith" is a darker track than it's predecessor, and has soft dark drones in the distance, combined with some breathing, windy sounds. Ambient-soundflows are coming in, and after a while it starts to sound a little spacy as well. I think a splendid track for meditation... Well done!! On "Lochs Obscured", the next piece, it's as if we're on a mountain-peak and are gazing at the clouded skies... Beneath us is a canyon, in which sounds of nature are reflecting. We hear some rather dark drones, field-recordings, rain-sounds, seagull sounds and some eagle-like flutes. This one is again rather dark, but it's so cohesive, one of my favorite tracks on the album! "Sunshowers" picks up where "Lochs Obscured" left off. Yet, it's a little lighter and a little more ambient than drone-minded. It's as if indeed the sun sets and the world awakens... It's almost one flow of tones, light drones and field-recordings, and it's my favorite on the album.. Just feel the sun on your skin, at least till the last part where rain starts to come in, and slowly some thundersounds in the distance start coming in... You just feel the landscape, the scenery changing... Last track "Only Rain" is exactly that..! Only rain and every now and then a thunderstrike far off in the distance.. A perfect ending to a stunning piece of work! I don't own a lot of drone-ambient (yet!) but this is not just music people.., these are soundartists, sculpturing a cinematic soundtrack, creating dreamscapes, imaginative worlds by combining vision and emotions with sounds. This impressive work of art is released on the excellent (Dutch!) Databloem label, specialized in artistic ambient, drone & electronic music! It's also on CD, a beautifully package, so ambient/drone-fans from all corners of the sound palette: get your copy now, you'll be happy you did...!!!
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