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For several years I recorded about a dozen different sessions with intent to create an album called Whitehope, a pastoral ambient fantasy with varied degrees of dub and techno. I always got close, but not until late 2014 did I finally record the definitive version. Fast-forward to Autumn 2016 - I've just moved 559 miles from the subtropics to the brisk Far Hills of Ohio, and in unpacking I've unearthed a number of lost or outright forgotten recordings. One such find was a 120m cassette, ornately decorated with purple ink stamps of the CH "sun" logo, zero text. Upon playing the tape back, the sound of an almost-there Whitehope crept out of the speakers. This tape contained two extended hour-long sides, beatless and foggy with analog chords, modulating through what sounds like phasers, flange, hissy delays and low pass filtering. Side one seemed to be a bit more melodic than side two, but both have a charm that I cannot deny or even fully identify. It is entirely possible that one of these tape sides was Whitehope for some amount of time, until I had second thoughts, or what I felt were better ideas. That I even found the cassette feels like a stroke of luck.

In any case, here are two windswept towers of sound, looming in their majesty and gentle in their comfortable stillness. A soft, predictable and warming balm of Halifaxian ambient music, hopefully providing some relief from this chaotic and dark year.


released December 14, 2016

W/P by Brian Grainger. Recorded sometime between 2012-2014 at Botany Bay. Retrieved from 120m cassette and mastered by The Analog Botanist at White Pillar Workshop, Autumn 2016. Photograph taken by Brian, Columbia, July 2008. This is Milieu Music number ABX60.



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Coppice Halifax Dayton, Ohio

Analog Botany, since 2006. Impressionist techno and bedroom fantasist electronics. Compost instead of composition.

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