Chris Russell | Frozen

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by Chris Russell

A album of electronic ambient music for the winter solstice, with touches of the coming spring .
Genre: Electronic: Ambient
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Aurora
6:43 album only
2. Thaw
7:20 album only
3. Time Lost
7:46 album only
4. Tundra
8:41 album only
5. Numb
9:20 album only
6. Frozen
4:03 album only
7. Otzi
11:52 album only
8. Slowly Drifting
6:44 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
.: about the release :.

Frozen recalls the stillness and silence of a winter snowfall transitioning into spring, celebrating the rebirth and renewal of life.

In Chris’ words: “I always look forward to the winter solstice for the solitude and chance for renewal that it brings. As soon as the snow falls, I usually hunker down for months and long recording sessions take place. For the album Frozen I wanted to get a head start and had to go to a headspace to create these frigid sound zones. I have many pictures and memories of winter so it was not hard to do – the music came drifting out. I tried to create sonically the stillness and silence of the winter snowfall. Also, the passage into the beginning of spring the rebirth and renewal of life.”

Frozen was recorded between June 2009 and March 2010. Mixed and recorded by
the artist.

Photography: Chris Russell
Design: Steve Brand

.: about the artist :.

Chris Russell has been recording ambient music since 2000. He’s recorded the score to an indie horror film as well as playing in several bands over the years. His music is influenced by nature, the future, the ebb and flow of life, conspiracy theories and hidden esoteric knowledge. He has released two albums on AtmoWorks: Aralu and Merge. Both were released in 2009.

Chris currently lives in Illinois.

.: about the label :.

Relaxed Machinery focuses on “organic .: ambient :. techno”, music made by hand from the heart using the instruments and tools the artists love. It was launched in January 2010 as a way for ambient and electronic artists to thrive and get noticed above the vast ocean of music releases. All artist receive 100% of their releases, and in a sense, have joined together to “self-release” …together. This music business paradigm shift blends “label” and “artist collective” in a seamless way to benefit all artists involved.

Relaxed Machinery is owned by John Koch-Northrup, who previously co-owned AtmoWorks and has helped with web design for labels such as The Foundry and Green House Music. John has released music as “Interstitial” in the past, and will be releasing under his own name on Relaxed Machinery.

.: links and contact :.

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eyes cast down (Greg M)

Winter as a Safe Hallucinogen
Chris Russell is fond of working in his home studio during the long winter months. For Frozen, his third full-length CD (on Relaxed Machinery), he heeded the call of inspiration and didn't bother to wait for the season. He channeled its harsh extremes, its muted colors and atmospheric stillness, from memory and past/present experience, during the second half of 2009 and early 2010.

Chris skillfully evokes the harsh cold of a northern winter, which finally gives way to the rebirth of spring. The album features a terrific range of classic analog sounds, with its two longest tracks, Numb and Otzi, resembling sonic playgrounds.

The opening track, Aurora, using a series of shimmering, long-held chords, radiates a cold, rich, colorful light that draws in the listener. The closer, Slowly Drifting, breathes warmth and renewal, a delightful, melodic atmosphere with the promise of every possible color. The album progresses through Thaw's impressionistic icebreaking, to the earthy, growling bass of Tundra, to the title track's eerie, slow-moving chilled atmosphere, with hints of mostly subterranean activity under the sleeping earth.

The stillness of winter doesn't mean that time stands still. The album's most meditative piece, Time Lost, dwells quietly in a subdued atmosphere full of memories which might have been.

I never thought of winter as a hallucinogen before, but Frozen is pretty good evidence – and completely safe... don't miss it.