Just a month ago I was coming back from England to Japan, on the eighth flight I have done between my two homes in just a few months. Utterly shattered, with the cabin lights off, I stuck my headphones on and put one the most cathartic records I’ve ever heard on. It was ‘Egress’ by a certain artist called The Green Kingdom.
I’ve been following Michael Cottone’s work under The Green Kingdom moniker since Mike at Smallfish gave me a copy of his superb Jasmine release. With releases on such brilliant labels as SEM, Own, Home Assembly and The Land Of, ‘Egress’ feels like the culmination of years of beautifully organic, tender work by an artist at the height of his creative powers. At once a kind of delicate form of folk-ambient-electronica, Michael’s work has always been more than the sum of its parts and far too full of depth and sincerity for me to even try to define or summarise. So I won’t. All I know is that once those headphones went on, and ‘Egress’ went on loop for the next 6 hours straight, it felt as if I was being cradled finally, just when I really needed it. I just felt, for the first time in months, that everything was going to be ok. (Ian Hawgood)
1. The Green Kingdom “Kalimba Sketch” (Air Texture Vol. I)
2. Rafael Anton Irisarri “Flowstone” (Air Texture Vol. I)
3. Andrew Thomas “Black Sky, Bright Sun” (Air Texture Vol. I)
4. loscil “Hyphae” (Air Texture Vol. I)
5. Dario Marianelli “Wandering Jane” (Jane Eyre Soundtrack, Sony)
6. Brian McBride “At A Loss” (unreleased, Air Texture Vol. II)
7. bvdub “Tried So Hard” (Air Texture Vol. I)
Originally a limited edition (100 copies) released in 2008, Laminae is now available via the new Bandcamp site.
We are delighted to announce details of our latest release, The Green Kingdom ‘Prismatic’. Mike Cottone (The Green Kingdom) utilises a similar musical palette as can be heard on last year’s acclaimed ‘Twig And Twine’ CD and once again ‘Prismatic’ is expertly mastered by Taylor Deupree (12k/Line).
On this outing Cottone ventures deeper into the landscape of The Green Kingdom with a collection of beautifully crafted, intricately detailed, organic/electronic instrumentals. Sitting comfortably amidst the field of electro-acoustic music production, what makes Cottone’s work stand apart from his contemporaries is the warmth, emotion and true understanding of melody and harmony so evidently on display within these expansive arrangements. There is a real sense of space and depth to this collection which filters elements of dub, techno, folk and electronic experimentation through the prism of processed guitars, strings, bells and other sampled instruments.
Recalling Susumu Yokota, Shuttle 358, The Boats, Harold Budd and even vintage era The Durutti Column on the album’s cornerstone track, ‘Wetlands’. On tracks such as the sun-drenched ‘Radiance Reflected’ and ‘Bonfire (tec)’, alluring melodies are underpinned by subtle beat constructions. Whilst on ‘The Largest Creature That Has Ever Existed’, deep, subby drones plumb the depths as finespun rhythms and delicate melodies swell, rise and break the surface.
Equal parts brooding and beguiling, optimistic and uplifting, an album that is perfectly timed to welcome the lengthening shadows of early autumn while casting a wistful glance back at the last gasps of summer. These are adventures in modern composition that never lose sight of the importance of melody, harmony, structure and rhythm. Minimalism at its most expressive, lush and emotional.
A limited number of ‘Prismatic’ will be issued with an additional bonus CD of remixes from the likes of bvdub, The Boats, Part Timer, Insecto, H.A.M., Yuri Lugovskoy, Northerner, Fieldhead, The Declining Winter and Inch-time. These artists take the original compositions into some unexpected and exciting new musical territories.