Because We Were Once Covered In Gold (2016 Re​-​issue)

by Steve Brand

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Because We Were Once Covered In Gold | 15:47
Like Water To The Lowest Places | 10:22
Womb Of Stars | 16:50
Flame of Transformation | 15:30
We Could Not Be Viewed With The Naked Eye | 11:30

Re-master, re-working of 2009 release on AtmoWorks. 5 tracks timing in at nearly 70 minutes. Download comes with cover .pdf and 2 wallpapers.

Release notes:
BWOCG was one of my first releases on the AtmoWorks label in 2009. With this release, I felt I had touched on a uniquely personal feeling that was all my own…expansive, sweeping, even mirky at times, yet intimate and yielding. Before beginning this album, I can remember reading someplace that there was speculation that the pyramids at Giza were once entirely plated in gold and that this site was dazzling, blinding, in the noon-day sun—in fact, there were times when those viewing them could not look upon them. This is idea fascinated me...I couldn’t let go of it.

The title inspiration, and really, the inspiration for the entire album was centered on the idea that I intuitively feel that we once had direct access to our natural state of being. Early versions of civilizations in which we possessed this kind of conscious have come and gone—these civilizations are remembered in our legends and deep in our consciousness. This state of being is whole, connected, limitless, expanded, capable, trusting, imminently creative. It is my conviction that this consciousness is coming to the forefront again, but in a new way that has never been seen before anywhere. We are collectively travelling into new realms of being.

All tracks and elements were recorded at The Treehouse from 2007-2009, and re-visited, re-worked and re-mastered from 2011-2013. Keyboards, bells, glass, prayer bowls and field recordings were used to create these tracks. The basic elements for the track, “Flame of Transformation,” were created at Steve Roach’s Into The Soundcurrent workshop in Sonoita, Arizona in 2007. Other elements from those sessions were created and subsequently used on my Hypnos Secret Sounds release, “Children Of Alcyone.”

"Those familiar with the worlds of textural and dark ambient will already know of Steve Brand and his fascinating and exceptionally detailed album called Because We Were Once Covered In Gold. Chock full of subtlety and delicious sonic twists and turns, this is a beautifully executed album suited both for detailed listening as well as passive enjoyment. Highly recommended." -, July 31, 2009


released November 11, 2016



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Steve Brand

Steve Brand originally recorded and released in the experimental genre under the name “Augur,” with more than 20 limited edition releases on independent labels. In 2003, Steve began creating in the “ambient” genre under his own name. He has issued more than 40 self-released disks, as well as a number of solo and collaborative releases on U.S. labels, Hypnos and AtmoWorks, the Italian label, Afe. ... more

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