• Muscle – ‘Violent Beam/Dark Quadrant’

    Violent Beam / Dark Quadrant

    Explosive space-fuzz from Diagonal members. Channelling their inner Amon Düül, this power trio explores the outer limits of heavy psychedelia across this pulsating single. Pounding drums and thudding bass anchor wailing and crunching guitar in a hypnotic collision of melody and experimentation.

    Alex Crispin – Drums
    Daniel Pomlett – Bass
    David Wileman  – Electric Guitars
    Recorded and Produced by Alex Crispin

    BUY: 7″/DL / SPOTIFY

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  • Diagonal – ‘Arc’

    9-Green / Stars Below / Citadel / Spectrum Explodes / Warning Flare / Arc / The Vital / Celestia

    After three releases on Rise Above Records all went quiet from Diagonal.  But out of nowhere, seven years after recording 2012’s The Second Mechanism the group gathered for new sessions. With no expectations or preparation after just a week in the studio, the group emerged with the basis for a new album.

    Arc is their most organic sounding effort to date. Noticeable changes have been made to the sound, with an increased presence of both vocals and acoustic instrumentation. Track ‘Stars Below’sees the band explore their interests in jazz tinged folk, whereas ‘The Vital’ ends up somewhere in orbit around Talk Talk’s later work or an ECM recording. In contrast the tracks ‘The Spectrum Explodes’ and ‘9-Green’ boast tight grooves that shift and break as synths, sax and distorted guitar come to the fore.

    The band’s myriad musical influences have led to music that draws from different genres and eras, blurring the timelines in the process. Those seeking an album in which to immerse themselves will find reward here.

    Alex Crispin – Organ, Electric Piano, Vocals
    Luke Foster – Drums, Percussion
    Ross Hossack – Synthesiser
    Daniel Pomlett – Bass
    Nicholas Whittaker – Alto & Soprano Saxophone, Vocals
    David Wileman  – Acoustic & Electric Guitars
    Recorded and Produced by Alex Crispin

    BUY: LP / CD (UK) / LP / CD (EU) / SPOTIFY

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  • Open Submission

    Open Submission / Ohko / Pharoah / Rosewater / Cleater / St. Stephens

    “As the follow-up to his deep, emotional ‘Idle Worship’ release on Sounds of the Dawn, Alex Crispin’s Open Submission, with the title track streaming below, is a masterful stroke of restrained ambient guitar and synths. The tune submerses you in its washed out, melancholy atmosphere. I want to be here all the time, let me tell you!” – Tiny Mix Tapes

    “As most nu-new age musicians, Alex Crispin is not married to his new age prodecessors aesthetics or closed loop comidifcation of spirituality. His compositions, especially on “Rosewater” are big-hearted works that utilze elements of ambient music and drone to create transportive set-pieces and aural soundscapes that don’t require that you exit through the gift shop.” – Tome to the Weather Machine

    Stream of the Crop – Noisey

    Recorded & Produced by Alex Crispin: Oberheim Matrix-1000, Pipe Organ (on St. Stephens), Rhodes Piano, Casio 1000p, Electric Guitar, 12-String Guitar, Akai AX60

    Part of the Spring Batch released on Constellation Tatsu


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  • Escape the Dark Castle – Soundtrack

    Original Soundtrack to the game ‘Escape the Dark Castle’ published by Themeborne.

    Freedom is Death / Endless Dark / Cult Procession / The Hell Tower / Buried Alive / Your Journey Ends Here

    “Eerie drones and ambient sounds, make you instantly aware of the dark, damp dungeon around you. The threat is looming and intensely oppressing as the first song starts. Dark, long tracks, like ‘Endless Dark’ and ‘Cult Procession’ imbibe your experience with the inescapability of the situation you find yourself in. Trapped in the prison with only one thing left to do: to escape. With this soundtrack, you absolutely know how thrilling a game can be if the vibe and story are right.”– Stranger Aeons

    Recorded & Produced by Alex Crispin: Casio CZ-1000, Casio SK-200, Effects, Dungeon Noises
    Tom Pike: Dungeon Noises


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  • Idle Worship

    In Constant Soul / Guide Blind / Green Ember / Idle Worship / Canopy Dance / High Vibration / Fortress (Flying)

    “Glittering, glowing, hand-tooled indie new age music from high realms. UK composer Alex Crispin’s debut solo album is assured and sophisticated, effortlessly morphing through different melodic shapes and ever-hovering clouds of beautiful chords. If you’re curious about the spirit of early DIY new age and its recent rehabilitation via labels like Sounds of the Dawn, Idle Worship is an ideal place to start.” – Ambient Music Guide – Best Albums of 2017

    “Based on the tape’s title, I was pleasantly surprised to find Alex Crispin’s Idle Worship to be a beautiful drone album. The album begins with minute synthesiser melodies over a breezy soft pad sweep of chords. Calming, soft, and charming. This is some really special high fidelity new age music. I can feel the warm summer breezes and ideal locations. I lose myself completely. This is definitely something you can relax to. A storm of overtone melodies softly permeates throughout. There is some thoughtful piano work on this album. A while into the second side, hand drums make an appearance. The final track is a fantastic; evocative of Philip Glass’ Einstein on the Beach with rapid fire arpeggios, guitar, and layers upon layers of keyboards.” – Cassette Gods

    “Discovering a brilliant ambient dimension while escorted by glowing ethereal companions. Nothing but peacefulness and contentment. Idle Worship bubbles notes from keyboard and strings so naturally, like the Selterswasser spring in the German Taunus mountains. Both possessing organic and unrefined aspects. This composition nears the hour mark floating on skilled creativity.” – Lost In a Sea of Sound

    Tiny Mix Tapes

    Recorded & Produced by Alex Crispin: Fender Rhodes Electric Piano, Acoustic Piano, Casio C1000p, Casio SK-200, Akai AX60, 12-String Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar & Percussion
    Mastered by Erik Maluchnik
    Released by Sounds of the Dawn



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  • Baron – ‘Torpor’

    “Fitting into the same countercultural pastoral vein as Ben Wheatley’s ‘A Field In England’, Baron also conjure a rather less esoteric North American tradition. By alternating beefy amplified riffing with folk harmonies, Alex Crispin and company summon the sprawl of Neil Young and Crazy Horse, condensing an entire discography, from the acoustic pop of ‘Harvest; to the incendiary roar of Weld, into a single disc.” – The Wire

    “There are a select few albums that seem to create and inhabit a micro-environment of their own. For want of a better description, there’s an extra-auditory presence when you play them, something beyond just the words and music coming out of the speakers. I’ve had Baron’s Torpor in my possession for a few months, and I now realise that I’ve been sub-consciously rationing my plays of this album, not because it hasn’t grabbed my attention, but because I don’t want to break its spell.” – The Quietus

    “Dragging itself out of a some celestial marsh — all fog and stars — the song slowly makes its way towards civilisation, one enormous squelching footstep at a time. And by civilisation we mean a 13th century dwelling teetering between worlds. And when it gets there it does not knock but stands at the threshold with fire licking across its skin. It glances at the ghosts of all that have lived there and all that will. It’s at this point that the sky rips in two.” – 20jazzfunkgreats

    “Post-rock and Krautrock-influenced melodies droning to hypnotic effect, the vocals coming across as an incantation, and the drums set as a heartbeat.” – Classic Rock

    Alex Crispin – Vocals, Guitars, Electric Piano, Percussion
    Luke Foster – Drums, Organ, Percussion
    Peter Evan – Bass
    Blue Firth – Organ, Synth, Vocals
    Joe Hollick – Guitar

    Recorded & Produced by Alex Crispin
    Mastered by Jamie Gomez Arellano
    Released by Svart Records



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  • Baron – ‘Columns’

    “Columns is full of shaded space, the keyboards taint everything a deep, dark blue while saxes rise nomadically from the murk like Terry Riley’s pink elephants. It’s deep hued and heavy of brow and paces forward steadily rather than breaking into a gallop. That Baron hail from Brighton feels right: the album sounds like a stumble down the seafront during twilight – during the creaking hour – with a heavy heart, as a bottle of Lucozade turns into a magic wand in your hands.” – theQuietus

    “…a cave of such beauty that it hurt to think of it laying, underground, all this time.  Sometimes you just want to be sung to in a voice that sounds like waves and sunshine. Sometimes you wish for that episode of Miami Vice where Crockett & Tubbs spend the entire episode sat on the Porsche, watching David Byrne perform on a street corner to no one. Sometimes Vangelis in his New Age pomp is exactly what you want to hear.” – 20jazzfunkgreats

    “The “prog-ness” of Columns is not that of Rush, but of A Love Supreme. Columns is an album with movements, with the willingness to slow down before the cloudbursts and with the maturity to restrain the explosions so that the vocals can keep their chanting consistent enough to guide you through the voyage. Visually, it’s a misty record; all the places it takes you to are subtly obfuscated through a UK haze. The nightfalls are sitting on hilltops looking at the village below; the sunrises are made diffuse by non-threatening fogs. It’s an album that makes you feel like you’ve woken up to a non-day, the kind of day where you never feel 100% present and your to-do list lacks its usual importance.” – Secret Decoder

    Alex Crispin – Vocals, Guitars, Synth, Percussion, Field Recording
    Luke Foster – Drums, Synth, Percussion
    Peter Evan – Bass, Percussion, Bicycle
    Blue Firth – Organ, Synth, Vocals
    Nicholas Whittaker – Clarinet, Horn, Vocals
    Ross Hossack – Synth

    Recorded & Produced by Alex Crispin
    Mastered by Carl Saff & Jamie Harrow
    Released by Parlion Records



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