I stumbled upon this release by Coppice Halifax and was immediately blown away by the beautifully intoxicating sonic landscape he creates on this album. It contains all of the qualities, textures and tones that I love in my carefully curated digital music collection and I knew that I had to add it. With a massive catalogue, I’d love to hear similar recordings in addition to Tigress and High Hawaiian Fog, which is also amazing.
Favorite track: Imperial Rust.
Mr Grainger is a master blaster of the vip sound vernacular. Represented so keenly in this distant present future now gift of an album. That I see is dedicated to the inner child in all of us. Itching us into a sort of “grand ease”. Thanks again!! ♾🥰♾
Album of 2020 already. This moody masterpiece transports me to a another world. It has carried me through the Lockdown and led me to other discoveries of Coppice Halifax and other manifestations.
Favorite track: Euphrates.
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Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album
Assembled by hand, one copy at a time in the White Pillar Workshop! Two white 5" recordable discs housed securely inside a clear plastic jewel case with full-color factory-printed artwork featuring paintings by Anni Roenkae and a text companion to Tigress written by Brian.
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In the latter half of 2019, a talented Finnish painter privately commissioned me to write and record an album that sounded like "High Hawaiian Fog at sunset" alongside a few other particular reference points, such as the Ocean Lion recordings. Tigress, a two-hour double-album, is what followed in the last months of the year, keeping me warm in the studio as the temperatures outside went from cool to colder and the leaves fell beneath the weight of Winter rainfall. I finally finished the work in January, and at the request of the patron whose support and initiative willed it into existence, I am issuing it publicly as well. Sonically, Tigress resembles the wave-stained shorelines and sunken orchestras of albums like High Hawaiian Fog and Ocean Lion, but is also designed to be much more dynamic and dense, with many different moving parts that initially do not reveal themselves in the sun-coated sea wash of melodic haze. Sun Cast, Swaying Palms and Pawleys Island are all close enough to be felt, if not heard, as well.
Indeed, the ship has left port, the tide has come rushing back in, bringing with it artifacts from tragic wrecks and merfolk magicks hidden inside colorful shells, as the sun finally sets upon an orange sand island, and we stand beneath the gradually inkstained sky, hand in hand, watching the light sink beneath the surface, claimed once more by the longing of seafoam ghosts and beautiful sirens, dowsing the light in a thousand salty tears, dispersing it as glitter-crested waves that gently crash upon our knees. You and I both know there's never any going back, that nothing can ever be the sweet sameness of that oft-romanced before, that the swamp takes everything back eventually...but the rusting bells of memory call us just the same, heralding that hopeless search back to the softened lens of our nostalgic recall, chiming in perfect unison their distant hail, pulling us out onto the waves again like the lonesome sirens, for one more trip to those golden ruins beneath the empty sea.
released February 14, 2020
W/P by Brian Grainger. Privately commissioned by Anni Roenkae. Recorded at the White Pillar Workshop, 2019-2020. Mastered by The Analog Botanist. Paintings courtesy of Anni Roenkae. Initial design by ABM&D / Final design and layout by Robert Trifu. Text companion written by Brian Grainger. This is Milieu Music number MMD052. (C) + (P) Milieu Music 2020. All nights preserved.
As always, I am in utter awe at the vastness of our musical universe, comprised of beautiful stars for our ever-listening ears. Let the gorgeous waves of this incredible album wash over you, perhaps taking you to another realm, out of space & time. One of the most pleasurable experiences I have had in a long while. GoryLori