Instrumental

New Fugue EP

Fugue have released their second EP ‘Siblings’ which is currently available on CD (and shortly on Vinyl) or can be downloaded on a pay-what-you-want scheme from their bandcamp site : http://www.fugue.bandcamp.com. There is no minimum price but please help this great band out, it’s another quality dose of math-y instrumental rock.


The Silent Ballet Compilation : Volume 16

The Silent Ballet: Volume 16

Volume 16 marks the completion of the fourth year of The Silent Ballet Compilation Series. Throughout the series we have discovered a lot of noteworthy acts, rekindled the flame with old favorites, and watched the development of multiple musical scenes right before our eyes. We’re just as optimistic and excited about the future as we were four years ago, and every new release makes us as giddy as ever.

This edition is a first for the series; Volume 16 is the first compilation to contain a video track. Our gratitude goes out to The Sleepy Vines, who made this possible and has perhaps opened a door that will be investigated in the future.

A big thanks goes out to all the artists and labels who made this project possible. Relevant links can be found below; any support is greatly appreciated.

Jordan Volz
The Silent Ballet

Barry Rogers
Lost Children Net Label

Tracklisting :

1. The Porcelain Sea – Apart
2. Ous Mal – Marraskuu
3. Aquarelle – At the Seams (Version)
4. Jannick Schou – Part II (Session 1)
5. The Sleepy Vines – Kelp Forest
6. Acorn Falling – Shattering Surface
7. Bas Van Huizen – Kluwekracht IV
8. Ambassador Etc. – Life Flashes
9. Haruka Nakamura – Evening Prayer
10. Pimmon – Get Up and Tell You Where to Go
11. Clem Leek – Walter
12. The Best Pessimist – The Sea, The Night, The Stars,
The Light

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Final Light – Further Than You Think

‘Further Than You Think’ is the second album from James Morris under his Final Light guise, following two years on from his Lost Children debut album, ‘To Stop an Exploding Man…’, displaying increased maturity and depth in both song writing and production.

Beautiful piano lines interspersed amongst glitched beats, layered with delicate guitar lines, subtle samples and electronic, synth-like sounds to produce an often haunting, always harmonious and graceful soundscape. A great achievement and huge progression in such short time.

Tracklisting :
1. The Journey
2. Floating on a Cloud
3. Somewhere in an Alternate Universe
4. …You Still Don’t Understand
5. I Know Now Why You Cry
6. Return Journey

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The Silent Ballet Compilation – Volume 14

Fall 2009 – Winter 2010

As is becoming tradition around these parts, Volume 14 and 15 will be released in close proximity to one another. Each compilation continues the website’s commitment to spotlighting emerging musicians, featuring upcoming releases, and providing rare tracks from our favorite artists to our readers. Our focus is always on the international level, and we’ll never tire of searching for the next best thing in the most unusual of places. Our goal of a seven continent split is almost within our grasp, we’re just awaiting news of the first penguin-led post-rock group.
We’re also committed to our goal of providing quality music in a respectable format without charge. As one of life’s greatest pleasures, music should be freely available to all and resistant to commodification. As the Lost Children Netlabel looks ready to close in on its one hundredth release in 2010, we at The Silent Ballet are thankful that the label has stuck to its goals and continues to provide excellent music free of charge. Although it may seem like the music industry gets ragged on a lot, if there were more labels like Lost Children around, we think that the music climate would be a much more agreeable place for musicians.
A big thanks goes out to all the artists and labels who made this project possible. Relevant links can be found below; any support is greatly appreciated.

Jordan Volz
The Silent Ballet

Barry Rogers
Lost Children Net Label

Tracklisting :

1. The Sight Below – Fervent
2. The Boats – The Astronaut
3. Glittering Blackness, Fall – III
4. ef – Songs of Ghosts
5. Nice Wings, Icarus! – Eagle
6. Nervous Doll Dancing – Les Pommes
7. Nils Frahm – Because This Must Be
8. Youth Pictures of Florence Henderson – Our Door Handles
9. Charlieshero – Oh, Good Morning
10. Radiant City – Key Control
11. When the Clouds – The Dawn and the Embrace
12. Arrive Alive – It’s Not What You Say It’s How You Say It

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Painting By Numbers – Live Demo

It’s always easier to form a band when it’s not your first. Painting By Numbers has been a recurring project in the head of its architects long before it actually took shape in autumn 2008.

Antoine Ollivier (Dawnshape) and Gregory Hoepffner (Radius System, Time To Burn, Template) always felt their belonging groups didn’t let them experiment as much as they wanted. Soon joined by bandmate Axel Dallou (Radius System), the trio didn’t ask too many questions and quickly started making noise, in a language they didn’t even speak : improvisation.

Drums, Guitar, Bass, Synth, Samplers, and endless possibilities : Painting By Numbers are devoted to pushing the standards further, fight against their own musical habits, and try to find the right balance between sonic experimentation and pure groove pleasure.

In result of this first year of endless recordings, the parisian trio will is now releasing this “Live Demo”, available for free download

1. Conceal Confine Tentative
2. Matthew Barney’s Imperious Needs
3. Volcano
4. BGM 03
5. Secret Foam Island
6. 85′ Parallel Evidence

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Sleepmakeswaves / Tangled Thoughts of Leaving – split LP

It’s been a while, but good things come to those who wait. Hailing from opposite ends of Australia, Perth’s Tangled Thoughts of Leaving and Sydney’s sleepmakeswaves are proud to present you with a shiny new split LP. It’s a record from two bands that are very different yet one that finds an equilibrium between the seemingly disparate tendencies of the two groups. Although both bands find common ground in their latent electronic influences, sleepmakeswaves marry these ideas to their characteristic brand of energetic and uplifting instrumental rock while Tangled Thoughts of Leaving pursue a relentlessly improvisatory, innovative path. The results are more foreboding yet no less spectacular, and are all the more reason to watch for their debut full lengths, slated for 2010.

Tracklisting :

1. Sleepmakeswaves – Keep Your Splendid Silent Sun
2. Sleepmakeswaves – We Sing The Body Electric
3. Sleepmakeswaves – This Is How We Remember (Secret Robot)
4. Tangled Thoughts of Leaving – A Vexing Predicament
5. Tangled Thoughts of Leaving – The World Is A Deaf Machine

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Fugue – Ancient Glass

Fugue presents an arduous journey through a quagmire of genre confusion and deceivingly orchestrated pieces of music. Love, time and a soft spot for over-complication gave birth to their first effort that is full of everything they think makes music great. There’s something for everyone on this splendid 17 and a half minute adventure through a veritable sonic paradise.

Tracklisting :

1. How the Grass and Trees Became Enlightened
2. The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters
3. Telemachus
4. What the Tortoise Said to Achilles

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The Silent Ballet Compilation – Volume 13

Summer 2009

Volume 13 marks the beginning of the fourth year of The Silent Ballet’s compilation series. Three years ago the first volume was sent out to the world via the Internet, and today we’re still dedicated to bringing our readers exciting, innovative compilations filled with the best and brightest artists from around the globe.

We’ve come a long way since Poetry Without Words, but hopefully the series has shown that the website is unrestrained by genre and is willing to travel to any corner of the world to unearth up-and-coming musicians. Volume 13 feels particularly international, featuring artists from four continents and nine countries, yet also demonstrates that there is something that connects all of us nonetheless.

We’re committed to our goal of providing quality music in a respectable format without charge. As one of life’s greatest pleasures, music should be freely available to all and resistent to commodification. A big thanks goes out to all the artists and labels who made this project possible. Relevant links can be found below; any support is greatly appreciated.

Jordan Volz
The Silent Ballet

Barry Rogers
Lost Children Net Label

Tracklisting :

1. Ben Frost – The Carpathians
2. Amman/Josh – Lukka
3. Panoptique Electrical – Some Rooms Become Us
4. flica – In Dreams
5. Port-Royal – HVA (Failed Revolutions)
6. French Teen Idol – I Want George Soros
7. Manual – Marbella (Live from the Troubadour)
8. Aspidistrafly – Moonlight Shadow
9. Fredricson – Eyeme (Album Edit)
10. Orange Crush: – Last Dawn
11. Elemental Gaze – Love Your Love, Love Your Death
12. Amberhaze – 1994

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Helsingfors – Schematics

Maths is the study of quantity, structure, space, change, and related topics of pattern and form.

Rock is a naturally occurring solid aggregate of minerals and/or mineraloids.

‘Schematics’ is the debut EP from five piece Helsingfors, including all four ex-From The Sky members, and is an instrumental post-math-rock hybrid, a logical progression from their previous work. Upping the complexity and melodic layering mixed with upbeat, jarring indie-rock, ‘Schematics’ was recorded primarily as a live band and bursts with the live energy this brings.

A physical CD release is also available from here and is being promoted and distributed by the new indie record label from The 405 website, 405 Records.

Tracklisting :

1. Angle of Depression
2. Truncation Error
3. Russian Inversion Notation
4. The Panda Conundrum

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Part Rocket – Sparks and Beams

The record was written towards the end of 2008, and recorded over the winter of 2009. It’s something of a summer pop record. Or about as close as we’ll ever get to writing a summer pop record anyway. We hope you like it.

‘Sparks and Beams’ is a beautifully crafted and studied record, full of interweaving guitar and bass lines and intelligent flowing drums, creating a gloriously chiming and melodic post/math-rock EP.

Tracklisting :

1. Kingdom
2. Hey, Computer!
3. No Slack Battalion
4. Plagiarhythm

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The Silent Ballet Compilation – Volume 12

Fall 2008 – Spring 2009

We’ve experienced a bit of a lag time between compilations 9 and 12, as our tri-monthly series has stalled out over the past half of a year. To remedy this situation, volumes 10 through 12 will be released in close proximity to one another. That’s right, three great compilations for the price of, well, nothing!

No sacrifice in quality has been made to make this possible. We continue to pull from the best and brightest artists we know to offer something fresh and provocative. Listeners will notice a contrast of styles between the three volumes; as always, we attempt to introduce something new in every volume. We believe readers of The Silent Ballet will find plenty to celebrate over the four hours of music.

A big thanks goes out to all the artists and labels who made this project possible. Relevant links can be found below where your support for their music can be demonstrated.

Jordan Volz
The Silent Ballet

Barry Rogers
Lost Children Net Label

Tracklisting :

1. Stephane Horeczko – Fugaces
2. Jasper TX – Sky
3. thisquietarmy – Orchestral Dots Under Static
4. Anduin – Lovers in Transit
5. Light Under Water – Awake
6. Cobra-Matic – Braille
7. Autistici – Curet Must be Protected (Little Murmurs Grow into Big Shouts Mix)
8. CJ Boyd – Pensive Pez
9. Sickoakes – Live Demo

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The Silent Ballet Compilation : Volumes 10 & 11

Fall 2008 – Spring 2009

We’ve experienced a bit of a lag time between compilations 9 and 12, as our tri-monthly series has stalled out over the past half of a year. To remedy this situation, volumes 10 through 12 will be released in close proximity to one another. That’s right, three great compilations for the price of, well, zero!

No sacrifice in quality has been made to make this possible. We continue to pull from the best and brightest artists we know to offer something fresh and provocative. Listeners will notice a contrast of styles between the three volumes; as always, we attempt to introduce something new in every volume. We believe readers of The Silent Ballet will find plenty to celebrate over the four hours of music.

A big thanks goes out to all the artists and labels who made this project possible. Relevant links can be found below where your support for their music can be demonstrated.

Jordan Volz
The Silent Ballet

Barry Rogers
Lost Children Net Label

Volume 10 Tracklisting :

1. Saxon Shore – Nothing Changes
2. The Autumn Project – This We Take With Us (Pre-Release Mix)
3. Codes in the Clouds – We Anchor in Hope
4. Gifts from Enola – Aves
5. If These Trees Could Talk – What’s in the Ground Belongs to You
6. Motion Turns it On – Lo Pido Con Piedad
7. Bluebridge Quartet – Untitled
8. Anduin + Jasper TX – A Beam of Light Bends Back Upon Itself
9. Paucity – Kingsley
10. From Monument to Masses – Beyond God and Elvis
11. Absent Sound – Before the Knight is Through

Volume 11 Tracklisting :

1. Rhian Sheehan – Standing in Silence Pt. III
2. Danny Norbury – Entrelacs
3. Sunwrae – Chinook Winds
4. Victory and Good Hunting – Mule Comes Home
5. Lawrence English – Watching it Unfold
6. Alexander Turnquist – We Are Magnets
7. FJORDNE – Vivid Memories
8. Startle the Heavens – Pearl
9. The Soul’s Release – Awake Among the Sleeping
10. Milieu – Amb7 v2
11. ::thinkstandard:: – If You are the One to Take Me Home
12. Library Tapes – Slow-Wave Sleep
13. Rameses III – No Water, No Moon
14. Shoeb Ahmad – Belladonna (Starlight Mix)
15. We All Inherit the Moon – Our Hearts Forever Like the Sun Pt. 1

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Northvia – Venice

Inspired by the documentary “Venice: Behind the Mask” by Marco Gentile and Ryan Simon, ‘Venice’ is an attempt to articulate the visual images of Carnival into music. On the surface, Carnival can appear purely driven by entertainment and pleasure. Yet, underneath lie themes of death, rebirth, and social and cultural identity. Northvia explores the darker side of Carnival, hoping to reveal something more behind the mask.

Tracklisting :
1. opener
2. mask
3. double
4. canal
5. elegy
6. dragqueens
7. postqueens
8. penultimate
9. closer

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Magnets : Magnets

What does Magnets sound like? Imagine, if you will, Don Caballero and Tortoise having a baby. At age ten, after seeing his parents killed in a tragic trapeze accident, Steve Reich adopted the child as his ward, and secretly trained him to be his partner in crime-fighting. Upon reaching puberty, the young band fell hopelessly in love, and shared it’s most precious gift. Though Fugazi was a tender and generous lover, society wasn’t ready to accept their love, and the romance was doomed. In college, Magnets took a part time job with Miles Davis. It paid minimum wage, and provided no health insurance. Now, in 2008, the Denton, Texas based trio of John Gillespie, David Willerton, and Jonathan Losasso strive to make compelling and exciting music by melding traditional rock elements with more unorthodox compositional ideas.

Tracklisting :
1. Will to Flower
2. I Know What Five Does to Numbers
3. Jewelry, Such as Memory
4. Never Ape an Ape-Man

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American Green : Beautiful Rain, Beautiful Tears

My artist name is “American Green”. It is one of my favorite colours. I started composing music with DAW a few years ago. I played as a drummer in a band before that. This is my first EP. Electric guitar, the keyboard, and other machine parts were used for this EP. I love music such as Post-Rock, Electronica, Ambient, Alternative, Bossa Nova, Emo, Melodic Core, and more. I hope to be making music after this EP that is warmer and more analog. And, I am also producing music by a band called “blend ables”. All of my music project are only available via the Internet at the moment.

About the EP :
1.Leaves And Drops
An easy tune which leads into “Beautiful Rain, Beautiful Tears” and makes it an easy listen. Therefore, the BPM of these tunes was made the same.
2.Beautiful Rain, Beautiful Tears
This tune is an anti-war tune. I hope for peace.
3.Dance Around April Petals
This tune is Inspired by cherry blossoms.
4.Neighborhood(memo rec.)
I recorded this tune to not forget the phrase hit upon momentarily.
5.Noon And Terracotta
Even I am surprised because a mechanical sound like this works surprisingly well for this tune.
6.The Last Home Room Hour
This tune was made when graduating from my high school and imagining the sound.
7.Marigold
This tune is influenced by bossa nova. I did not think that this tune would become so close to pop. And, the flower language of the marigold “lives”. The concept is “Happy life” , “Pleasure where it lives”.

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Charts and Maps : Enemies of C. Frias

Los Angeles based indie-jazz/math-rock (though subtly defiant of both terms)band Charts and Maps have released a 4 song EP, titled “Enemies of C.Frias”. Working with engineer/producer Chris Schlarb (whose solo projects and free-jazz duo I Heart Lung are released through Sufjan Steven’s Asthmatic Kitty records), the band have managed to further hone their sound while losing none of the adventurous flair of their previous releases.

Characterized by unrestrained song structure, a keen ear for new aesthetic, and an unabashed ability to throw a looping curveball in the form of a key change or time signature switch, Charts and Maps still make music for people who understand music, but have developed upon their ability to blend the aforementioned with catchy and grooving hooks. Their music is intrinsically unclassifiable, roving between genres, tied together by stylistic nuances–categorized by their uncategorizability (yeah, it’s a word, apparently), as much as anything else. Instead of losing themselves in heady concept, as many bands with this kind introduction do, Charts and Maps are unequivocally listenable and sonically pleasant. Take a listen for yourself.

As key members of Heard.of.Elephants, an art/music collective that has been gathering praise, acclaim, and following in the Los Angeles area recently for their forward-thinking stance on showgoing (mixing art, music, film, and sociality into one convenient event), Charts and Maps have taken their live show to a new level. Adding Jay Watford on guitar and Mike Allison on Sax, the band’s energy is unmistakable. The affair is a lot more raucous than one would imagine when listening to the intricacy of the music.

Tracklisting :
1. Pearl Divers of the Arabian Peninsula
2. Herd of Elephants
3. The Sheriff Suspects Arson (ii)
4. In the Town of Machine

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Part Rocket : In Limine

After two years, we welcome the return of Part Rocket with their third release ‘In Limine’, following on from their ‘Kneel Before the Throne and Drink the Blood of your Own’ EP, also available on Lost Children, and the ‘Good Bye Morning Satellite’ EP available at www.partrocket.com.

Continuing along the leftfield-path-less-trod, Part Rocket’s instrumental music takes influence from the tight and rhythmic structures of math rock and incorporates the delicacy, emotion and melody of latter day post-rock overlaying varying ideas and dynamics to produce another unique alternative release.

Tracklisting :
1. Cut Short by the Whip
2. Have Bullet, Will Bury
3. Tambora Blankets the Earth
4. Rocket Party
5. How We Roll

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The Silent Ballet Compilation : Volume 9

Two years ago The Silent Ballet magazine and the Lost Children Net Label joined forces with the goal of providing a quarterly compilation that operated outside the boundaries of genre stereotypes, consistently promoted new and emerging artists, and released exclusive tracks into the public. Nine compilations later, we’d like to think that this venture has been a success; over one hundred artists have graciously lent a track to a compilation, the series has been downloaded over 70,000 times, and we’ve received great feedback from readers and musicians alike about discovering a new favorite band thanks to the series.

The future looks just as bright as ever. We’re currently planning the tenth volume of the series and we do hear the demands to make these compilations available in physical form. While on one hand we do enjoy the fact that the series is 100% free and does no harm to the environment, we are currently exploring a few projects that may result in a physical CD being created at some point in the future. If there’s one thing you can count on us for, it’s being spontaneous.

As always, a big thanks goes out to all the artists and labels who made this project possible. Relevant links can be found below where your support for their music can be demonstrated. Until next time…

Tracklisting :
1. The Dead Sea – Nulla Desiderata
2. Olafur Arnalds – Fok
3. Anoice – Glitch
4. Bersarin Quartett – Mehr Als Alles Andere
5. Emanuele Errante – Fecunda
6. Peter Broderick – Atlantic
7. The Abbasi Brothers – The Social Evening (In 1992)
8. Sumner McKane – Doris
9. Cam Butler – I Surrender
10. Redhooker – Telling Time
11. Bosques de mi Mente – Nubes Apiladas en Forma de Montaas
12. Rudi Arapahoe – Conversation Piece
13. Joe Frawley – Sketches from Memory

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The Silent Ballet Compilation : Volume 8

After several compilations romping through various related fields, Volume VIII returns to what this compilation series began with in Volume I, bringing the post-rock hits. The current edition brings together tracks from some current albums we’re enjoying at the TSB headquarters and ones that should be making some huge waves come the fall. It’s a compilation we’re proud of and are confident our readers will find enjoyable.

We graciously thank all artists and labels who made this compilation possible. Hopefully all who find this venture worthwhile will look into supporting these artists in whichever way possible. It is our support which enables them to continue creating music that they, and we, love.

Tracklististing :
1. upcdowncleftcrightcabc+start – Get to the Chopper
2. MON – Lukrym
3. New Century Classics – Congratulate You, Where?
4. Because of Ghosts – Dreaming is Essential
5. Tulsa Drone – Wise Blood
6. This is Your Captain Speaking – Lullaby
7. Her Name is Calla – New England
8. Mimas – Cats on Fire
9. What Seas What Shores – Rabunda
10. Glissando – With a Kiss and a Tear
11. Il Rumore del Fiore di Carta – Fallen

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Eric Barnett : Parts

Originally created as a sound installation for an art exhibit, ‘Parts’ is a three-disc set designed to be played on three different cd players at the same time. Each cd player should be set to ‘repeat’ at the end of each disc. As all of the cds are a different length, they will repeat at different times, and an ever-changing sonic landscape should result.

All tracks were recorded live using an electric guitar and various looping / delay pedals.

Tracklisting :
Disc 1 – Tracks 1 to 11
Disc 2 – Tracks 1 to 10
Disc 3 – Tracks 1 to 10

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Moya : Die Hard

“Mozart + Mono, Chopin + Clann Zu, Dvorak + Do Make Say Think, Grieg + Godspeed You! Black Emperor = Moya”

Moya is a one-man musical project. It started in spring 2005 in Belarus by 19-years Vasil Maronau. Moya’s music is changing and will be changing. ‘Die Hard’ is the second release from Moya on Lost Children and includes the high quality video for the song ‘Die Hard’ which was directed by Denis Markin, featuring actor Eugenii Peschyr.

Tracklisting :
1. Die Hard
2. Light On Bald Mountain
3. Hyundai (Piano Sonata)
4. Stabat Mater
5. Le Sacre Du Printemps
6. Adagio
7. Santana Claus
8. Alcoholics’ Song
9. Malera
10. Monnnight
11. Awakening
12. Improvesation (I)
13. Modern (II)
14. 21-12
15. Hard Die
16. Die Hard : Video

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