The Silent Ballet Compilation : Volume 4

With Spring in full season in the Northern Hemisphere and Summer just around the corner, The Silent Ballet and Lost Children Net Label present the fourth volume in the the ever evolving Silent Ballet Compilation series. Volume IV focuses on the upbeat energy and feelings that surround this irresistible season, as well as the laid back spirit that accompanies late night stargazing and the freedom intrinsically tied with the first day of Summer vacation.

Additionally, Volume IV continues the tradition of showcasing new, innovative artists emerging onto the larger global scene. Many of these acts are supporting self-released CDs, and we strongly encourage listeners to delve deeper into those musicians that pique an interest. It is through your support that the community thrives.

As the compilation series expands, we at The Silent Ballet are always looking for ways to keep it an exciting experience for our listeners. Within the span of time between this release and the next, The Silent Ballet will turn one year old, and to celebrate we are happy to announce that the second year of our existence will see the release of a physical compilation. Of course, this won’t be just any normal CD, but at this point in time we are not at liberty to divulge more than that….

Tracklisting :
1. Signal Hill – This New Year’s Absence
2. Scraps of Tape – Hands in Air
3. The Bird Ensemble – Part I, Number 4
4. pg.lost – Yes I Am
5. Giants – The Palace Stands in its Proper Place
6. Beware of Safety – O’Canada
7. Amplifier Machine – Her Mouth is an Outlaw
8. Balmorhea – If You Only Knew the Rain
9. Destroyalldreamers – A Summer Without You
10. California Stories Uncovered – Untitled 1
11. Parhelia – Hindsight
12. Tunturia – Cast Shadows on Clouds
13. The Weak Men – We Fell Asleep: Abdomen

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French Teen Idol : Enlightened False Consciousness

“Enlightened False Consciousness” is French Teen Idol’s second release, following the 2005 self-titled debut album.

Melancholic piano patterns, dreamy atmospheres, vocal samples and striking instrumental crescendos, some of the ingredients of French Teen Idol’s debut album, are sill there, enriched by the continuous search for new musical solutions, including a more classical “song-structure” approach in some tracks.

Athens-based band GardenBox and Roman artist Patrizio Piastra collaborated with French Teen Idol on track #2, “The Longest Night”. Other collaborations include Fabrizio Lagani (track #3) and Olalla Rey Fernández (track #5).

Tracklisting :
1. The Following Takes Place Between 0’00” And 57’30”
2. The Longest Night
3. Memento
4. Departure
5. The Fleeting Beauty Of A Butterfly
6. Compromise Your (He)Art
7. Ode To A Departing Friend
8. Enlightened False Consciousness.
9. Stay
10. Rebirth

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The Silent Ballet Compilation : Volume 3

Since the release of Volume II, much has changed at The Silent Ballet. A full website has launched, fulfilling our promise of extensive coverage of current artists working within instrumental and/or experimental frameworks, and the second half of our first year as a new entity on the internet has begun. Time sure does have a way of sneaking up on you when you least expect it.

The third volume of The Silent Ballet compilation series aims to show a different side to the website’s coverage. While the first two focused primarily on instrumental rock and post-rock artists, the third compilation makes good on our claim to have interest in experimental artists, and hopefully brings some much needed variety to the series. The scope of this project was much wider than normal – some artists come from an electronic background, others focus on the art of ambience, and still others bring in a jazzy influence. This odd combination of sounds is brought together by a common thread of ”warmth” that is carried across the tracks, arguably suitable for the winter months.

Many thanks go out to the people who made this compilation possible: the artists and labels involved. We do hope some pique the listener’s interests and encourage supporting them in whichever means are deemed appropriate.

Tracklisting :
1. Mr. Wednesday – The Cargo Doors Have Requested Our Cooperation
2. Dilatazione – Wendy Carlos
3. Questions in Dialect – On This Hand
4. Sumner McKane – Hello Hariet or Charlotte, We Love You
5. Jatun – The Temptation of Joy
6. Romance of Young Tigers – Long Withdrawing Roar
7. .cut featuring Gibet – The Orange Line
8. Apeiron Flux – Rain Falling Like Data From a Child
9. Roncatto Braathen – Fugue
10. The American Dollar – DEA
11. Miaou – Anything Goes
12. Qua – Devil Eyes
13. Absent Without Leave – The First Rain
14. worriedaboutsatan – The Last Song (First Song Remix)

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Northvia : Sleeping in Airports

“I won’t say that we are lazy, but the new album has been sitting on the shelf for way too long. So here it is, it isn’t perfect, some of the mixes are not quite right, the mastering is sub par, but the music is still above par (in our minds). This album has truly been a lot of work on our part. Recorded in 5 cities, mixed in a few more, and our members being in countless number of places throughout the whole ordeal. So it is quite apropos that we decided to entitle the album Sleeping in Airports before all of this traveling took place. Who knows what will come of NV, but if this is it, we hope that it stays with you in your travels.”

Tracklisting :
1. Night on the Lawn
2. Awake
3. Emergency
4. Air Raid in Threes
5. Red Eye
6. Hours (pt. 1)
7. Hours (pt. 2 – Emergency Reprise)
8. Terminal

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The Silent Ballet Compilation : Volume 2

The second volume of The Silent Ballet Compilation series continues where the first left off in its pledge to work hand in hand with independent artists from around the globe. The response to the first volume was huge; unfortunately we are unable to accommodate everyone who would like to be included in the series, but hopefully in due time most will receive a spot in the limelight.

We remain committed to presenting some of the finest emerging artists to the world, offering previews of exciting future releases, and unearthing exclusive and rare tracks for our readers. Of course, all of this is done pro bono, and the existence of this series relies solely on the generosity of the bands and labels involved, whom we encourage you to support if you find the compilation to your liking.

A full version of The Silent Ballet Webzine will be launching later this year. We do hope it satisfies the need for an intermediary resource in this ever populous culture of music.

Tracklisting :
1. Magyar Posse – Intercontinental Hustle
2. God is an Astronaut – Tempus Horizon
3. International Karate – A Night Without Sleep
4. The Ascent of Everest – Moving Mountains
5. All Angels Gone – Stephen H
6. Sweek – A Dead Sleeping Forest
7. From the Sky – When the Sun Sets the Clouds on Fire
8. Atlantis – Constantinople
9. You.May.Die.In.The.Desert – Can I Get More Steel in My
10. Gifts From Enola – Early Morning Ambulance
11. Capulet – Champs

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Time.Space.Repeat : Early Transmissions

Time. Space. Repeat. is an ever shifting gestalt entity of spirits contained within the glass jar of London… luckily, someone remembered to punch some holes in the lid so that we could breathe…. We have variously been described as “optimistic post-rock”, “beautiful”, “lovely” and “not my cup of tea”.

Currently Time. Space. Repeat. contains:

Sonic James Doom – guitar / bass / vocals / keyboard
The Rev. Sachin Patel – guitar / laptop / vocals
Ania Borsuk – drums
Ken Chu – bass / guitar / vocals
Sophie Scott – violin / vocals

“in all honesty their free to download album available within entitled ’early transmissions’ is as perfect an album as I’ve heard in a long while – okay then at least since those sneak previews of the Shady Bard debut – think glacial widescreen backdrops scored by early career Sigur Ros, mind altering chemically enhanced moving shapes supplied by spacemen 3 / spiritualised and production by the home made pre major label era Earlies” – Mark @ Losing Today

Tracklisting :
1. Joy / Sorrow
2. Hush
3. And The Ghost Of A Thousand Dolphin Hangs In The Air
4. Blue Skies and Rain
5. Future Song
6. Meditation #1
7. Blue Sky
8. Nothing Hill
9. The Fear
10. World Awake

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Skyhaze : Anthology 2005 – 2006

Skyhaze was formed in the middle of 2005 as a means to produce relaxation music for a local Complimentary Therapist (Venus Light Therapies). As the songs debuted on Myspace, interest in the project increased and the decision was made to make Skyhaze a full-time project. Skyhaze consists solely of Steve Cowan (of FearOfHatred and PlaguesFire fame) who is usually found singing and playing guitar in Death and Black Metal projects.

The first album to be created was ‘Score For An Unwritten Movie’ in late 2005. This was quickly followed by the sophomore effort ‘Evening Songs’ which debuted a more beat-orientated feel. Finally, in 2006 the album ‘The Year That Never’ was created. This was a return to the sound created by ‘Score’ but with greater epic scope.

Due to the popularity of PlaguesFire and FearOfHatred, Skyhaze is on a metaphorical back-burner. However, it is planned that a new album will see release in 2007.

Tracklisting :
1. Fields
2. Pialad
3. Song One
4. Indecisions
5. Oceans Apart
6. Under The Ocean
7. Shore
8. Cold Evening
9. A Vastness
10. Tempted
11. Quieten
12. Air
13. Distant Waves
14. Tortured Song
15. Sorrow
16. Alluring

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The Silent Ballet Compilation : Volume 1

This compilation was compiled by the Lost Children Net Label and The Silent Ballet, a webzine that has been in the works for quite some time. The Silent Ballet is a webzine that will focus upon instrumental and postrock artists, as well the artists that catch our attention from other genres. Its main goal is to create a stronger instrumental community across the world and to function as a portal that actively brings musicians and listeners into an open discussion. This compilation is a means to formally announce to the world the conception of The Silent Ballet. Expect it to open its doors in full functionality in Fall of 2006, if not sooner, and look to the webpage for more information as the date approaches.

The Lost Children Net Label seeks to distribute music created by artists with humble budgets to all corners of the globe. The cost to the audience is, of course, nothing. Lost Children does not believe that in today’s technological world an artist should be unable to deliver his music to a willing listener just because he does not have suffcient label representation. Music is a joy in all of our lives and no one should be deprived of it.

The meeting of these two forces resulted in a compilation of artists pushing the instrumental and independent scenes in new and creative ways. A big thanks goes out to all the bands and labels involved in this compilations; everyone’s effort is greatly appreciated.

Tracklisting :
1. Caspian – Quovis – Further Up – Further In
2. Samuel Jackson Five – If You Show Off the Milk, Who’s Gonna Buy the Cow?
3. Neil on Impression – Stars Paint the Forest Gold
4. We vs. Death – And How To Translate It
5. Foxhole – Forgiving Monarch
6. Yndi Halda – We Flood Empty Lakes (A Lily remix)
7. Theta Naught – Calneva Drive
8. Joy Wants Eternity – From Embrace to Embrace
9. Once We Were – Cut Corners
10. Mt – Add Obvious Errors
11. UpC DownC LeftC RightC ABC + Start – Simple Reminder (Anger Is Not a Motive)

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Johnny Poindexter : Place Your Trust In Empty Spaces

Johnny Poindexter started in 2001 as a bedroom project for Gavin, Simon and ex-bassist Nigel, who lived in a village near Bradford. things started small, doing limited release ep’s and various things.

‘Place Your Trust In Empty Spaces’ was made, and as it was being finished, more members joined the band, and johnny poindexter became the six piece it is now based in Leeds.

Joining the band in random stages, Johnny Poindexter looks like this- up front doing all the singing is Jamie Sidebottom, playing guitars are Gavin Miller and Tom Ragsdale, on drums is Andy Harvey, on keyboards and synths is Simon Glacken and playing bass is Leon Spencer.

“this is a deep, dark record that should please followers of obscure Factory records whilst the more modern, haunting soundscapes should ensnare a new generation of miserablists.” – Leonard’s

“Place Your Trust in Empty Spaces sounds like a post rock dream run through a shoegazers nightmare. It’s atmospheric and haunting, yet textured and tuneful. This is the sort of record that flirts with the unknown and then processes the results through 8,000 pedals. Perhaps Johnny Poindexter is a bit like Love Lies Crushing but most of the time, the band is in a post-whatever league of its own.” Paul Zimmerman – First Coast News

Tracklisting :
1. 2.5.4 Repeater
2. We Meet By Accident
3. Place Your Trust In Empty Spaces
4. Empty Shores on Desolate Beaches
5. Madeline
6. Headswim
7. In Every Language There Is Or Ever Was
8. Audrey Tautou
9. This Is Just A Small Step Forward
10. G Repeater
11. (We Sing With) American Accents
12. What Are You Doing For Christmas, Satan?
13. You Lost Your Faith In People

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Loss of a Child : Caught and Lost

‘Caught and Lost’ is the natural progression from Loss of a Child’s debut, continuing the ideal of producing an album over a collection of songs. ‘Caught and Lost’ is essentially a 40+ minute piece, and works all the better for it. The emotions vary throughout, taking the listener on a journey from beginning to end. Loss of a Child has expanded it’s sound to create a masterpiece of originality within instrumental rock.

Tracklisting :
1. Because The Future Lied
2. Missing
3. Some Time Alone
4. For Those Who Know
5. Feelings, Falling and Farmers
6. Maybe One Day
7. Hope
8. When One Foot is further than One Hundred Miles
9. Like Dancing in the Rain
10. A Medical Silence
11. For Those Who Know
12. DTA

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Loss of a Child : The Future Symphony

An instrumental rock band from London, England, Loss of a Child use pianos, string sections, guitars and drums to create a classically-influenced post-rock noise. With elements boarding on quiet ambience and others with distorted guitars and crashing drums, the ambitious nature with the classical instruments sets Loss of a Child apart from many leftfield acts, producing a hugely epic sound.

The Future Symphony lays “its foundations in more classical notions and scratching the surface with a rough ambient texture. The end result of all this noise is a challenging and thought-provoking dose of coma inducing psycho-therapy. The Future Symphony doesn’t warp the mind like many experimental outfits try to do; but instead they seek to suspend the illusion of reality for a brief moment and embark on a multi-tiered journey through the deepest human memories. It’s not all happy experiences and sunshine, for darker moments litter the way, but it’s a spectacular ride through and through, and one that has unforeseen importance in the modern world of music.” Jordan Volz –

Tracklisting :
1. Gone and Forgotten
2. Lost Like River
3. Burnt by Beautiful Noise
4. Pulse
5. Stolen
6. The Future Symphony
7. One Wish
8. Collision of Two Events
9. 32nd
10. Beau
11. A Talk with a Cat Farmer
12. As In Silent
13. A Subtle Scene

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