CUE DOT 005:
Veryan is a female electronic musician based in Scotland. She follows up recent 2020 self-releases (‘Ebb & Flow’, and ‘Hiraeth’) with this collection exploring feelings and associations that come with a sense of place and belonging.
This album is, in part, influenced by Somewhere-Nowhere, an environmental arts and research practice. At this critical time of climate change and biodiversity decline, their work aims to influence government policy, community engagement and environmental activism through shared stories, reflections and insights. Sometimes they are stories of joy and wonder, sometimes they highlight struggle and loss.
HERE is one of those stories.
“It is an album of big skies and wide expanses – an album of awe…” – Bobby D Gant, Iniquitous Glory
“Do you feel like you belong? what is belonging anyway? These are big questions and with this album, Veryan allows you time and space to maybe find a few answers for yourself and any album that gives you that feeling of security to explore such deep emotional themes certainly belongs in your collection…” – Simon Tucker, At The Barrier
CUE DOT 004:
by Manfred Hamil
Manfred Hamil is just one of the many aliases used by music producer Steve Kelly.
Steve started producing electronica back in 2001, initially under the pseudonym SK123, but later as his more targeted alter egos, Douglas Deep, Macerator and Manfred Hamil. And it is through Manfred Hamil that Steve chooses to channel the more ambient, cinematic side of electronica, inspired by releases from legendary labels such as City Centre Offices, Erased Tapes and Ninja Tune.
With “EVERYTHING FADES” he continues an emphasis on some of the darker and melancholic aspects of electronic music, yet still creating space for quiet optimism.
As we enter an era of newly defined norms, we feel honoured to share this perfect soundtrack reflecting upon times we’ve endured and the hopefulness of a future to come.
“Cue Dot and Steve Kelly/Manfred Hamil have set the bar high for 2021 with Everything Fades and other releases under the electronica banner will do well to match the brilliance of this collection.” – Gordon Rutherford, Louder Than War
“Manfred Hamil has produced an exquisite album of electronic music. Great art should always be celebrated and this is great art.” – Bobby Gant, Iniquitous Glory
“Everything Fades allows enough space for the listener to paint their own images whilst gently pulling you along. It is a hymn and a celebration for a scene that needs us now more than ever.” – Simon Tucker, At The Barrier
“…typified by a feeling of spaciousness that takes time to revel in its expertly honed, sharp sonic design” – Ben Willmott, Electronic Sound
CUE DOT 003:
Stories From An Island
by SAD MAN and Francis Lowe
SAD MAN is the music producer Andrew Spackman. Francis Lowe is a writer, actor and animator. His career has taken him from working in TV and movies for Turner Entertainment and Boss Films in Los Angeles, to delivering talks around the world on storytelling and drawing.
Together they have collaborated to create and record six stories, each one unique, but each one revealing layers of a mysterious place where magic, the supernatural and tales of the unexpected intertwine across time.
“Press play and begin to absorb yourself in Stories From An Island. Close your eyes, listen carefully and allow yourself to be transported.” – Gordon Rutherford, Louder Than War
CUE DOT 002:
A profound hand into a peaceful death
by Lying Cat
Lying Cat is an anonymous UK producer drawing influence from glitch, ambient, drone and experimental electronica.
Although Lying Cat remains anonymous, the album features contributions from Bristol based experimental electronic art collective, JILK.
The album is a soundtrack to a film story never realised…
“Lying Cat has produced an album that will enthral and stimulate your imagination” – Gordon Rutherford, Louder Than War
CUE DOT 001:
by Lyndon Scarfe
The first installation in our “Cue Dot Series” is this collection of cinematic ambient drone pieces created by musician Lyndon Scarfe.
Lyndon has been involved in making, producing and releasing music since the early 1980’s when he was an original member of post-punk group The Danse Society.
Since then he has recorded and released ambient, electronic and soundtrack music under his own name, he plays guitar in the group The Black Lamps, and with Sam Horton he makes the experimental, drone, noise project [retreat].
Featured on BBC 6 Music:
– Mary Anne Hobbs Recommends
– 6 Music Ambient Focus
“The overall effect is almost psychedelic” – Mark Roland, Electronic Sound
“An immersive electronic dreamscape… A transcendental masterpiece.” –
Bobby D Gant, Iniquitous Glory
“It’s a blueprint for what ambient music should be… there is something here for all those who appreciate great music, irrespective of genre.” –
Gordon Rutherford, Louder Than War