“High Tide” consists of two extended pieces of ambient/drone music and is a 50/50 effort from both sides. Blanket Swimming laid the groundwork for the first track and then sent it to DR for additional processing and layering. DR laid the groundwork for the second piece using a tape loop composition. He then sent the loop over to Nicholas for additional processing/layering.
The result is two shifting, contemplative sonic pallets. Always present, arriving, yet moving forward and unfolding into limitless depth and openness. Warm ocean waters flood the shoreline next to unfamiliar architectural structures. Yet somehow you know this place, from a dream, a distant memory... Sunlight fills the body as you arrive... you are already here.“
We hope these extended, sonic programmes may allow you to take a step back from whatever it is you may be caught up in and to enjoy a moment of stillness, repose.
Blanket Swimming/Nicholas Maloney is a sound artist, multi-instrumentalist, performer, and recording engineer from Jackson, Mississippi. Working primarily in the areas of drone, ambient, musique concrète, and electroacoustic improvisation, Nicholas creates personal, evocative recordings, while at the same time offering a pallet of sound that can be used to practice the rewarding act of deep listening. He looks to challenge the listeners’ focus and perception of sound. Much of his work explores the textural nature of sound within a framework of progressing and evolving compositions.
Dominic Razlaff (aka DR), born 1982, is a sound artist from Braunschweig, Germany.
He uses synthesizers, acoustic instruments (Ukulele & Cavaquinho), field recordings, tape loops & granular synthesis to create melancholy ambient / drone soundscapes.
Nicholas first became aware of the work of DR in 2018 when both of the artists released cassettes through the Vermont-based tape label, Histamine Tapes. In 2019, the two went to become label mates on Macedonian ambient label, Post-Global Recordings. Nicholas became increasingly captivated by DR’s body of work and eventually reached out to collaborate with a vision in mind to blend DR’s extended textural studies and melancholic drones with the swirling, longing melodic sound pallets that Blanket Swimming is known for. Two full length albums resulted from this collaboration, the first of which is presented to you here as the first release from both of the artists on the Healing Sound Propagandist label.