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Ark Zead "Niptaktuk"

About two years ago, the headquarters of Glacial Movements Records was shrouded and immersed in seven ethereal soundclouds that drastically lowered the temperature by several degrees. Rome has never been colder. These sounds come directly from the Cryosphere, and represent the quintessence of the most extreme and coldest isolationism. It is the deep sidereal void that characterizes the planet's icy expansions. Nothing is known about the artist who composed these sounds. It is all completely shrouded in utter mystery. Only the signature is known: Ark Zead. There is nothing around, no reference sites, no biography and no place of origin. "Niptaktuk" the title of this album, is the first work to be published under this name. However, after several attempts and requests for more information, Alessandro Tedeschi (GM's boss and artistic director) managed to get a very brief comment from the artist:.

"I am a gong and Tibetan singing bowls player, interested in vibes in a very usual way. But I felt inspired when I faced the very hostile cold in Canada. I looked for stories about exploring these lands and the people who live there. I then modified my vibe sounds with computers and synthesizers to describe the state of isolationism you have to reach to enjoy the beauty of the true North."

Everything ties in perfectly with GM's aesthetic. Another key element of this album is the artwork, specially made by Italian artist Lia Bosch, whose art faithfully described Ark Zead's sound. The cover image is mysterious and hermetic. It contains a deep mystery, as much as the music of "Niptaktuk." The six-panel digipack is a balance of colors ranging from gray/black to emerald green. Sleeve by Rutger Zuydervelt aka Machinefabriek and mastering by sound engineer Matteo Spinazzè Savaris. It is highly recommended to listen to "Niptaktuk" at night, in a quiet environment.

 

Track Listing:

1.Unnuaq

2.Sikinik

3.Iglu

4.Båken Nunatak

5.Veryovkina

6.Niptaktuk

7.Nootaikok

Label: Glacial Movements

Artist: Ark Zead

Release date : 12th July 2024

Format: CD 6 panels digipack in matt-laminated finish and UV spot gloss

Cat. Num: GM055

All sounds composed, created, and mixed by Ark Zead

Mastered by Matteo Spinazzè Savaris at Yung Studio, May 2024

Artwork by Lia Bosch

Sleeve by Rutger Zuydervelt

A Glacial Movements Records release, July 2024. All rights reserved.

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Galati "Cold as a February Sky"

This is a pristine piece of dark ambient, meticulously carved into the permafrost! INVERTED AUDIO

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Galati is the moniker of Roberto Galati, a multi-instrumentalist whose musical focus centers on exploring the nuanced sounds of the electric guitar. In addition to guitars, he employs other instruments such as basses, synthesizers, and a violin to enrich his compositions with diverse textures and shades. Hailing from Italy and growing up between Padua and Trieste, he developed his musical sensibilities amidst the rugged terrain of the Karst Plateau. His artistic journey, spanning over more than fifteen years, draws inspiration from the icy expanses of Ambient and the abstractions of Post-Rock. Galati's discography is rich and diverse, comprising numerous solo releases and collaborative projects with fellow musicians. As a traveler captivated by the allure of isolated and lonely places, Galati documents his experiences in his Travel Journals (www.galatimusic.com/blog.html). The Karst Plateau, with its icy air, limestone landscapes, caves, and sinkholes, serves as a foundational backdrop for his musical expression. Galati, a meticulous observer, seeks the authentic and profound aspects of the planet and translates his impressions into a fusion of sounds, words, and images. Creative inspiration for Galati is deeply influenced by the frozen landscapes he portrays, marked by their expansive clarity, serene stillness, gentle silence, and profound emptiness. His compositions echo a timeless truth – the deep connection between humanity and nature. His melodies offer a subtle invitation to pause, listen, and embrace the beauty that surrounds. Rather than suppressing Nature's melody, humanity has the potential to enhance its resonance. The symbiotic relationship with the natural world should invite the global community to amplify its inherent beauty and foster a profound connection that extends beyond mere dominance. The majesty of the Earth is more than a spectacle; it embodies a sacred trust, a profound commitment that nowadays is slipping through the grasp of the human race.

" Gazing up at the mountain tops is like delving right into the secrets of the gods. Ridges, snowy peaks, rocky folds; perfection lies in the shapes of these endless stone formations, natural pyramids, sculptures. "The beauty of the world," I think, as I briefly immerse myself in this magnificence. Landscapes that seem to suggest nothing more perfect, grander, or more boundless exists; landscapes that unveil divine intangibility and human mortality. Suspended landscapes, crafted from rarefied air, ice, and vertical rock shining bright in snowy white.My gaze lingers upon the deep valleys carved by glaciers, where the wind furiously blows, and the cold inhibits almost all life forms. These mountains bear witness to the passing millennia, the long course of geological events, the sounds of glaciations that come and go, shaping valleys and slopes. Perhaps the Earth speaks in frequencies so abyssally low that it would take millennia of listening and sidereal distances to perceive its voice. Nature, divinely immense, embraces me; and I am part of Her.This profound connection served as the inspiration for my latest musical creation, 'Cold as a February Sky,' where the frosty echoes of a winter landscape intertwine and weave within the musical tapestry. Much like the month itself carries a chill that permeates the air and paints the world in an icy hue, the album seeks to summon the wintry essence and contemplative depth reminiscent of a cold February sky. It evokes the undisturbed stillness and profound void that echo through frozen landscapes, aiming to induce reflection on the fragility of this planet. The once eternal and sacred balance of these landscapes falters. I wonder if there's a spell we shouldn't break, as the delicate threads of existence unravel in the hands of time, and the weight of our choices reverberates through the corridors of eternity.We are not mere witnesses to Earth's majesty but keepers of its delicate beauty." Roberto Galati, March 2024

 

Track Listing:

1.Sidereal distances

2.As still as these high mountains

3.That day exploded silently all around me

4.With wide, unbelieving eyes

5.It was so bright, it was almost blinding

6.Gazing up to the mountain tops

7.If there’s a spell that we shouldn’t break

8.Through the white

Label: Glacial Movements

Artist: Galati

Release date : 10th May 2024

Format: CD 2 panels digipack in gloss finish

Cat. Num: GM054

All tracks composed, mixed and created by Roberto Galati

Mastered by Rafael Anton Irisarri at Black Knoll Studio (NY)

Artwork by Lia Bosch

Sleeve by Rutger Zuydervelt

A Glacial Movements Records release, May 2024. All rights reserved.

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Aidan Baker "Pithovirii"

Album premiere @ INVERTED AUDIO
Soundscapes with an elegiac tone and engulfing atmospheric somberness. IGLOO MAG

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Glacial Movements is proud to present the soundscapes of Canadian artist Aidan Baker. His first appearance was with the song "Beneath the Ice" on "Cryosphere", the first and only compilation of the entire catalogue. Then in 2013, with "Aneira" (Welsh for 'snow') composed exclusively for GM, through the use of the 12-string acoustic guitar. Pithovirii is his new concept album, which was in part inspired by Vladimir Sorokin's novel Ice Trilogy which in turn led to reading about the Tunguska meteor which fell in Siberia in the early 20th century which in turn lead to reading about 15000 year old viruses found in glacier ice. Using electric guitar and effect pedals, Aidan attempted to musically convey the idea of glacial density and stasis within which lurk potentially malevolent microbiome.

Aidan Baker is a classically-trained multi-instrumentalist using the electric guitar as his primary instrument. Using prepared and alternate methods of playing the guitar, along with various electronic effects, Baker creates music which generally falls within the ambient/experimental genre but draws on influences from rock, electronic, classical, and jazz. A highly prolific artist, Baker has released numerous recorded works, both solo and with various group projects, on such independent labels as Gizeh Records, Important Records, Alien8 Recordings, and his own imprint, Broken Spine. Baker is also the author of several books of poetry. A regular live performer, Baker has toured extensively around the world, including appearances at such international festivals as Supersonic, SXSW, Incubate, Unsound, and Roadburn, among others. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Baker currently resides in Berlin, Germany.

 

Track Listing:

1.Sibericum

2.Massiliensis

Label: Glacial Movements

Artist: Stefan Węgłowski

Release date : 08th March 2024

Format: CD 6 panels digipack with special finish

Cat. Num: GM053

All songs by Aidan Baker (electric guitar & bass), recorded in Berlin, July 2022.

Artwork by Lia Bosch

Sleeve by Rutger Zuydervelt

A Glacial Movements Records release, March 2024. All rights reserved.

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Massimo Pupillo "Our Forgotten Ancestors"

Album featured @ A CLOSER LISTEN
MASSIMO PUPILLO’S PRAYER FOR THE SURVIVAL OF THE NORTH IS A HAUNTING AMBIENT MASTERPIECE POP MATTERS

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Massimo Pupillo is a composer and multi-instrumentalist, mostly known for being a founding members of Zu, with whom he released 18 albums and played more than 2000 shows around the world.He has also kept a very open and multidisciplinary approach that led him to work with some of the most acclaimed figures in today's world of arts: Romeo Castellucci, Chiara Guidi (of legendary avantgarde theatre group Societas Raffaello Sanzio), american choreographer Meg Stuart, french opera star Marie-Agnes Gillot, contemporary dance group Dewey Dell, world reknown dancer Yaman Okur, etc.He has collaborated live and on record with avant-garde musicians and composers such as Alvin Curran ( founder of Musica Elettronica Viva in 1966) , with world-famous piano duo of Katia & Marielle Labeque , with classical music virtuosos such as Viktoria Mullova and Giovanni Sollima. He has also recorded with Canadian soprano and orchestra conductor, Barbara Hannigan. Working with Katia Labeque he has had the huge honour of an album artwork designed by Storm Thorgerson, founder of Hipgnosis , probably one of the most important designers in music.With Katia Labeque, he has played and arranged tracks of an album of Moondog music that was released on the most important classical label ever, Deutsche Grammophon. Also with Katia Labeque he presented a special project at Paris' Philharmonie in 2016, working, between others, with Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Bryce and Aaron Dessner (The National). In the world of electric/ rock music he has collaborated with some of the most important names in the international scene, such as Mike Patton ( Faith No More), Stephen O' Malley ( Sunn O)) ,Thurston Moore, Jim O' Rourke (Sonic Youth), Guy Picciotto & Joe Lally (Fugazi), FM Einheit ( Einstürzende Neubauten) , Buzz Osbourne (Melvins) Damo Suzuki (CAN), etc. In free-improvised music he worked with Peter Brotzmann, Toshinori Kondo,Tony Buck ( The Necks) etc..In the experimental music scene he has collaborated with Oren Ambarchi, David Tibet (Current 93), Thighpaulsandra (Coil) , Christina Vantzou, Daniel O'Sullivan, Andrea Belfi, Abul Mogard,, Mick Harris (Scorn), Gordon Sharp (This Mortal Coil & Cindytalk) etc...Between Zu, solo work and collaborations, he released more than 80 albums and played more than 3000 shows all over the world. As in 2022 he just recorded a collaboration with world famous iconic actor Malcolm McDowell called "Songs Of Stone" that will be released in september on italian label Subsound Records, and is currently working on a sound installation with Roger Ballen, one of the most influential and important photographic artists of the 21st century.

 

Track Listing:

1.Beaivi

2.Seite

3.Ulda

4.Joik

5.Noaidi

6.Horagalles

7.Akhàt

8.M-ano

9.Sami

10.Sàiva

11.Màttaràhkkà

 

Label: Glacial Movements

Artist: Massimo Pupillo

Release date : 20h October 2023

Format: CD 8 panels digipack with UV spot gloss

Cat. Num: GM052

Recorded and mixed by Massimo at Theresa House 2021/23

Beautifully mastered by Lorenzo Stecconi at Triple Sun 2023

Sleeve design by Rutger Zuydervelt.

Cover photo: Fridtjof Nansen An Inuit woman with child on her back, Gronlandshavet, Kap Seen Bille, Taken during Fridtjof Nansen's expedition to Greenland, July 1888 - May 1889

℗ & © Flipper Srl - Flippermusic

A Glacial Movements Records release, October 2023. All rights reserved.

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