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Rick Rubin, Cillian Murphy, Nils Frahm, Ólafur Arnalds and other Erased Tapes artists and friends help Allred & Broderick find The Ways.



Peter Broderick returns with Allred & Broderick – a duo project between him and his musical partner David Allred – and receives a surprise birthday gift to help carry their message of love, friendship and hope.
 
The Ways was directed by label founder Robert Raths who travelled around the world to visit and film many of the people that brought them together after he commissioned London-based artist Peter Liversidge to paint and courier cardboard signs carrying the song lyrics to everyone he wasn’t able to meet in time.
 
The video features many familiar faces from the Erased Tapes cosmos including Nils Frahm, Ólafur Arnalds, Adam Wiltzie and Dustin O’Halloran, Greg Haines, Rival Consoles, members of Efterklang and Balmorhea, Peter’s dad Steven and sister Heather Woods Broderick, Brigid Mae Power, producer Rick Rubin, actor Cillian Murphy, BBC’s Mary Anne Hobbs plus many others to help spread the duo’s message of friendship and hope. In the director’s own words:
 
"To me this song carries such a powerful and universally speaking message of hope, love and friendship, of kindness and humanity. The fact that it's an acapella piece of just two voices singing harmonies makes it feel so communal, like gospel. It lets you fully focus on David's lyrics for a song that couldn't be more relevant to the turbulent times we live in. It's very rare that you come across a song able to say so much with such little words.
 
When I realised that Peter's birthday falls on the inauguration of the new president elect, I felt this urge to start this video project and involve as many friends as possible to help spread this positive message. So I commissioned our artist friend Peter Liversidge to hand-paint 35-40 cardboard signs – one for each line of the lyrics – to send out to as many people from all around the world. I made a list of people through which we all connected somehow or friends of the label who I thought could help spread the word and asked them to hold up their sign in whichever place they are right now and have it filmed. Some of them I visited and filmed myself on recent travels to Tokyo, Berlin and Los Angeles. All I can hope for is that this video helps amplify the song's message and that we should help each other more. Happy birthday, Peter!" – Robert Raths
 
By bringing together our friends from around the world for a song that so eloquently speaks of the troubles of today, particularly on a day such as this, we stand in solidarity and say “We’re all the same”.

Daniel Brandt joins the Erased Tapes family with solo debut album 'Eternal Something'

Daniel Brandt joins the Erased Tapes family with solo debut album 'Eternal Something' picture
 Daniel Brandt, co-founder of Germany’s electroacoustic ensemble Brandt Brauer Frick, joins the Erased Tapes family with his solo debut album Eternal Something released worldwide on March 24th 2017.
 
What started off as a more simplistic idea soon evolved into something a lot more complex as the London and Berlin based music producer travelled across the world, experimenting with various other artists and different instruments. From his father’s cabin based in the German countryside with access to nothing but cymbals, to being surrounded by guitars in Joshua Tree, his unexpected journey soon progressed into what became his first solo album.
 
Daniel played nearly all instruments himself with the only exception being fellow musicians Florian Juncker on trombone, Manu Delago on hang drum and Andreas Voss on cello. Using his Berlin studio as his main base for recording, Brandt created an album that encapsulates the idea that despite setting out with a particular creative vision, external influences and environments will always shift the process, and create an Eternal Something.
 
Words from Daniel, January 2017:
 
“The initial idea was to make a cymbal album. I wanted to surround myself with all types of cymbals. I locked myself into my father’s cabin in the woods for three days. That was the moment I realised it was not possible for me to make an album just with cymbals because other ideas and instruments imposed themselves on me. I had a clear sense of what I wanted to do now. The intention was to let the songs evolve by themselves and not edit too much, keep it raw and have an explosion-like energy to them. I wanted to create a different sound, songs that build up like dance tunes but don't feel like club music at all. Travelling around in California for two months gave me the possibility to deeply get into this concept outside my normal environment. Robert Raths, who served as a great motivator throughout the whole process (I guess he had listened to the record more than I ever had) came up with the perfect order for the songs. This record is about failing to make the original plan happen, but then the discovery of something I couldn't even think of before.”
 
Prior to being enlisted to create the album artwork, Iranian artist Shaz Madani coincidentally had also planned a trip to Joshua Tree where she documented her own experience of Eternal Something, forming the visual counterpart to the record.

· pre-order the LP/CD/DL 
· listen to the first single Kale Me below

"I started recording "Kale Me" at my home studio while our washing machine was going wild in the bathroom. It sounded like a huge rave break. I instantly set up a microphone, recorded a full cycle and implemented it into the song. The washing machine stopped working right after the recording and never made any sound again. I was pretty lucky." - Daniel Brandt
 
 

A Winged Victory For The Sullen announce new album 'Iris' with new track 'Galerie'

A Winged Victory For The Sullen announces new album 'Iris' picture
A Winged Victory For The Sullen, the otherworldly collaboration between Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie and Dustin O’Halloran, commence the New Year with their third full-length titled Iris – available worldwide via Erased Tapes on January 13th 2017.
 
Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie and Dustin O'Halloran first met the director Jalil Lespert after he had discovered A Winged Victory For The Sullen on a music search online. After listening to their music, he immediately knew: "it was the sound of my new film". With an excellent cast of France’s finest actors Romain Duris, Charlotte Le Bon, and the director himself, plus a script filled with tension, sexuality and darkness, they knew there was a lot of musical territory to mine. It was agreed that they wanted to explore more analogue electronique experiments as well as working with a large string ensemble, to create something that felt very modern and still cinematic.
 
“Despite A Winged Victory For The Sullen being associated with film score type music, trying to survive the process of creating the modern film score is not for people with fragile egos. It requires those who are the most responsive to change. The director and the film presented a new set of challenges, so we decided to stop thinking about cinema as an object, and moved closer to using the film’s images as triggers for experiences. The more we were able to let go, and see the music as something that happens, like a process – not a quality, the more we were able to reach a place that sounded like us. It was as if we were making our first record all over again, except being filtered through another language littered with dead metaphors”, the duo elaborate.
 
The recording sessions began with their long time sound collaborator Francesco Donadello in the form of some modular synth sessions in Berlin. Dustin and Adam began working from the script in their own studios, and after filming commenced they continued to create music that could be used for first edits of the film – each day getting new scenes that triggered ideas that would become the base of the film score. Over the course of the next few months the two slowly crafted the music with weekly discussion from their studio to the editing room. The final sessions to what is now the score of Iris was recorded with a 40-piece string orchestra at Magyar Radio in Budapest.
 
Upon label founder Robert Raths' request the over sixty minutes of material were then edited down to a concise album listen at forty-one minutes with a physical release set for January 13, 2017. The digital bonus track edition includes two solo pieces by Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie entitled The Endless Battle Of The Maudlin Ballade Part 2 and The Endless Battle Of The Maudlin Ballade Part 3, as well as tracks by Petite Noir, dOP, DJ Pone and The Shoes which feature in the film. The artwork was created by Berlin based illustrator Stephanie F. Scholz who also created the iconic cover for Nils Frahm's Music for The Motion Picture Victoria.

· pre-order the (Ltd. Clear) LP/CD/DL 


Peter Broderick announces 'Grunewald' EP

Peter Broderick announces 'Grunewald' EP picture
Not long after the release of Peter Broderick’s seventh solo album ‘Partners’ in August of this year, the composer closes the year with his equally exceptional ‘Grunewald’ recordings, out on December 9th 2016 via Erased Tapes.
 
Born in just one night inside the four walls of the discrete yet majestic Grunewald Church, situated on the outskirts of Berlin, this five-track EP is an exploration of the alluring partnership between the acoustic space and Broderick's solo performance on piano and violin. Reflecting the grandeur of the room and the natural interaction between the instruments and their surrounding environment, 'Grunewald' pays homage to a very unusual space that's become a haven for an entire generation of contemporary composers. 
 
Words from Peter, October 2016:
  
“In the few years between 2008 and 2011 or so, the Grunewald Church in Berlin was something of a hotspot for a group of us musicians. It started when Nils scouted it as a location in which to record The Bells . . . and then it seemed like we were in there every month or two for a while, either for recordings or for concerts.
 
There was a lady living just down the street from the church, and we’d just knock on her door, give her a couple hundred euros, and then she’d hand over the keys to the church! To be given unsupervised access in a space like that is really quite unheard of most of the time… For anyone who likes reverb, the Grunewald is a dream come true. That in combination with the beautiful old Bösendorfer piano made it the perfect place for both recording and performing.
 
When mixing the recordings that comprise this EP, simply titled Grunewald in homage to that old haven of ours, there were no artificial reverbs or delays used . . . only the natural sound of that epic space. Originally these piano recordings were released as part of a split album on a small Japanese label, and the violin piece was included on a compilation, also Japanese . . . but all these pieces were recorded on the same night, in the same space, and it is with great pleasure that I see them reunited for this release.”

· pre-order the EP on 10"/CD/DL here



Peter's EU tour commences tomorrow. All dates here

Adam Wiltzie of A Winged Victory announces debut solo soundtrack release 'Salero'

Adam Wiltzie of A Winged Victory announced solo soundtrack release 'Salero' picture
Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie, the creative force behind A Winged Victory For The Sullen and Stars Of The Lid, is to officially release his score for the non-fiction film ‘Salero’ on November 11th.
 
Having channelled some of the most iconic drift music of our time through A Winged Victory For The Sullen and Stars of the Lid, 2016 has already seen Erased Tapes luminary Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie provide original scores for a number of feature films including Jalil Lespert’s ‘Iris’ and ‘The Yellow Birds’ by Alexandre Moors.
 
It’s on ‘Salero’ however, that we see Wiltzie weave some of his finest work and deliver an expertly distilled accompaniment to director Mike Plunkett’s sprawling, uncompromising visuals. Set in Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat, the narrative follows the region’s ‘Saleros’ – those who have for generations gathered salt and earned enough to somehow carve out an existence in such a barren landscape. It’s with the discovery of huge Lithium reserves – a mineral used frequently throughout the tech industry – under the scorched earth that acts as a catalyst for exploitation of the environment and its people; holding a microscope to the drastic effect industrialisation has on local culture and tradition.
 
“I have always said that composing music is infinitely easier when you have beautiful images to be inspired by. It was a pleasure to write a score over this captivating place of endless, glimmering salt before its impending demise. I was fascinated by this mythical space and its ability to define the identities of the people who live in its vicinity, where this vast salt flat itself would be a central character” – Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie
 
Recording took place in Adam’s Belgium-based studio for the guitars, percussion and small string ensemble tracking. Hungary was chosen for the final large string orchestra recordings at Magyar Radio Studio #22 with the Budapest Art Orchestra.
 
· pre-order the (Ltd. Clear) LP/CD/DL



Adam will be touring his Stars Of The Lid project across European cities this autumn including a performance at The Barbican in London. Tickets and more information can be found here.

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