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John Atkinson / Sabriel's Orb

by John Atkinson

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    Hi-Bias cassette. Color variant covers. Limited to 100. Split with SLC-based artist Sabriel's Orb (FKA Stag Hare).

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John Atkinson, formerly of the highly-praised Brooklyn hypnogogic pop group Aa, has recently lent himself to creating uneasy atmospheres scoring documentaries about hitmen and listless graduates in arthouse comedies. John's latest on WSR, however, is a meditative suite matching inherently moving synthscapes with field recordings to create soothing tonal structures somewhere between Steve Hauschildt and Hiroshi Yoshimura.

For the fourth in WSR's split cassette series, John Atkinson is paired with SLC-based artist Sabriel's orb. Willow Skye-Biggs has spent the last decade exploring the intersections of identity and ritual through her ambient, experimental and techno projects. Most notably, she created soaring, beat-oriented experimental-pop under the name Stag Hare and bedroom techhouse under the moniker ariel.

For this latest project, Willow has taken on Sabriel's Orb to dress her pulsing longform ambient pieces with an audible glow that shines like a naked bulb under several thick blankets. Warm washes of synths float over these faintly surging arpeggios. It's worth losing an afternoon in.

"The use of minimal synths and field recordings of birds have their own inquisitive voices, everyday harmonies of Earthly things. When he brings in some volume the atmosphere rises, perhaps the calm before the storm. The reverberation he makes accentuates a bit of crackling fallout along the edges as its buzzing warp hits you at the core" - Toneshift


released August 31, 2018

This tape was made in collaboration with Fantastique HQ. Please visit Fantastique HQ for distribution to stores.

Built from field recordings made on the Mornington Peninsula + along the Murray River in Victoria, Australia in 2017

Mastered by Andrew Weathers

Design and layout by Dustin Bowen


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John Atkinson Melbourne, Australia

John Atkinson is an Australian-based musician whose work focuses on marrying ambient music and field recordings. Formerly of the Brooklyn band Aa, John also works as a film soundtrack composer.

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