Wednesday, 22 March 2017

22/03/17 - Press release & tracklist for Archived Environmental Views

"This Triple album brings together the two main strands of FSOL's current output, namely the "From the Archives" series and the "Environments" albums. Comprising a total 48 tracks, 35 of them are new or previously unreleased:

Vinyl 1 is the Archives album which pulls 8 previously released tracks from the series but in some cases new mixes of these tracks have been created specially for this release. The other 9 tracks are unreleased Archive tracks from the vast vaults of FSOL. The "From the Archives" series is no exercise in barrel scraping, FSOL are well known for their prodigious output regularly going through periods of creating several tracks a day. Many of these tracks would be 'lost' only for not fitting current projects, created only for special live events and broadcasts or would change so drastically during the recording process that the original version would bear little resemblance to the released track. From the Archives seeks to give light to these tracks that are as good as anything released on their 'official' albums.

Vinyl 2 is the Environments album, 16 brand new tracks which continues the journey along the ambient environmental path. As the title suggests, each Environments album is a journey through a specific mood, place or environment.

Vinyl 3 brings together much of the piano work FSOL have done over the years and also includes 2 new cover versions of tracks by Brian Eno and his brother Roger Eno. The piano is mainly played by Grammy Nominated / Ivor Novello Winner DANIEL PEMBERTON - well known for his film score work - (Gold, Steve Jobs, King Arthur). Views contains 10 previously unreleased tracks - 15 tracks in total"

Outer Heaven (2017 Version)
Mouth Muse
Culture Of Individuality
Fault Line
5 Months 5 Acres
Light Forming ( 2017 Edit )
Mango Tree
Where You Going
Lizard Crawl
This Day Before Me
Gas Mask 13
Numbers And Colours
Loudoun Hill
She Fell Backwards

Persistence Of Vision
Normality Returns
Semi Detached
Its Very Existence
Sea Pig
Opposite Of Thought
Looking Out A Narrow Window
Drifting In And Out
Silence In Her Eyes
Intermodulation Distortion
Everyone Who Is Not Here
In A Way, They Do..

Viewed From Pushkinova 7
A The Wilderness
Viewed From Below The Surface (2017 Version)
Viewed From Little Boats
Late October
The Oldest Lady
Viewed Through Apertures
Viewed From An Obscure Angle
Viewed From Far Hills
Viewed From Across The Room
Viewed From Rosey's Perspective
Viewed From Under Leaves
Source Of Uncertainty (Original Long Mix )
The House In The Woods
Viewed From Above

Friday, 17 March 2017

17/03/17 - Blackhill Transmitter provide the third calendar track

An amusingly worded message comes with the new calendar track, which should be in your inbox now if you're a calendar purchaser:
"This time Blackhill Transmitter have kindly donated a track from their latest studio sessions. If you click HERE you can download the track "17th".

Blackhill Transmitter's new EP will be available soon."

Friday, 10 March 2017

10/03/17 - Archived : Environmental : Views - Record Store Day release.

Every vinyl tout's favourite day is underway and lined up for 22nd April 2017. This year, FSOL break with tradition and instead of providing an updated version of an old release, come up with a new triple LP release. Yes, just in case you thought a double album late last year was enough to keep us fans going, we now have a new three album set to look forward to.

Released as three vinyl albums, the album - or compilation, really - is called Archived : Environmental : Views. Not much imagination is required to guess that the first LP will be a selection of tracks from the archives, the second LP will be new or updated-old material recorded as part of the Environments series, and the third LP will be tracks in the 'Viewed From' modern classical vein. The tracklist for Views is below, no news on the tracklists for the other just yet...

Viewed from Pushkinova 7
A Place in the Wilderness
Viewed from Below the Surface (2017 Version)
Viewed from Little Boats
Late October
The Oldest Lady
Viewed Through Apertures
Viewed from an Obscure Angle
Viewed from Fer Hills
Viewed from Across the Room
Viewed from Rosey's Perspective
Viewed from Under Leaves
Source of Uncertainty (Original Long Mix)
The House in the Woods
Viewed from Above

More news on this soon!

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

21/02/17 - New track on Unboxed Brain 12"

Following the recent vinyl box set compilation on Detuned, an EP of remixes is being released. The 12" includes remixes of tracks by B12 and Scanner - originally from the compilation - as well as a new FSOL piece, entitled Monolith. Have a listen over at Juno. It's out on 17th March, the same day as the next FSOLDigital Calendar track. Which, incidentally, will follow track 2, which came out a couple of days ago, and was called Dox 2.

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

02/02/17 - FSOL/Digitana mailing list

Digitana and FSOL have set up a mailing list for anybody keen to hear updates on one or both of the synths they have been developing together, the HALia and SX-1. You can join the mailing list here.

Sunday, 29 January 2017

29/01/17 - Covert II & Digitana projects

FSOL have contributed a track to the second 'Covert' release on Touched Music. Although the aim of the release is to provide tracks with no signifier of artist and contributors, a photograph of the record in front of Brian's EMS gear, along with the fact that 'Sol A r Skies' sounds like it was taken from Environment Six, sort of let the cat out of the bag. There's a limited edition 12" EP version of the record available to pre-order from the Touched Bandcamp now, and a full 15-track CD edition will be available in March.

In other news, details about the FSOL synths have been released. The band have been working with developers Digitana on two synthesisers. Digitana make EMS-inspired gear, so it's no surprise that they've been working together. The budget model, the 'pocket sized' HALia (which can be heard as the sole instrument on E6's 'Symphony for Halia'), can be seen here, whilst the bigger, more in-depth, and undoubtedly more expensive, SX-1 Stand Alone Explorer - based on the original Synthi AKS KS Explorer - can be found here.

The HALia page features audio from the aforementioned 'Symphony...' and a brief description, whilst the SX-1 page features detailed specs but no audio. Release dates and prices are yet to be revealed, but they look and sound interesting - so click above and explore more.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

18/01/17 - First calendar track released.

The first track from the FSOL 2017 Calendar album was released yesterday, entitled 'Shorelines'. In typical FSOL form, a version at 160kbps was accidentally sent out, but a 320kbps version has been sent to everyone on the mailing list as of this afternoon. It's a dark, jazz-tinged piece. Check your email everyone...