Graduated

by Steve Brand

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Berkdrums This amazing Steve Brand-release obviously is a symbolic one as well, as it features the ‘crossroad’ that was looming up at a certain point in Steve’s life.. A challenging time most of us will recognize, in all kinds of ways.. new challenges lie ahead but change can also be frightening.. During those moments we seem to forget that change also brings new possibilities, joy, inspiration and a drive within us.. All this is clearly sensible in these amazing deep soundpaintings from Steve, who clearly found a new sound.. Not afraid to use deeper colours from his soundpalette, to discover new territory, and new paths to follow... I love these new sounds on this album and the immersiveness that takes you deeper into this journey of growth.. I also love it when an artist is not afraid to seek new horizons! Some moments on the album remind me of the stunning music by Anthony Paul Kerby (Nunc Stans, The Circular Ruins, The Winterhouse, among others), although it has Steve’s signature all over it.. After the incredible ‘Upwelling: Emergence’ on the great Databloem-label by Dennis Knopper, I’m happy to say that this album also is released on that great label, which means another stunning CD-digipack as well! Also the mastering by Vincent Villuis is again topnotch! Kudos to Steve and Dennis! Hopefully there will be more in this vibe & style from Steve... Strongly recommended!!!!!!
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Springhouse 09:56

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TITLES:
Offworlder - 6:32
Engulfed Shrine - 8:47
One Of The Ghosts That Is Not My Friend - 8:22
Urim and Thummim (graduated edit) - 17:07
What The White Butterfly Seeks (the hummingbird and the girl) - 9:00
I Will Not Haunt - 7:52
Springhouse - 9:56

Released on Databloem 04-15-19

The sessions for “Graduated” began in mid-2017 and leverage some of the live techniques and approaches that I utilized in my recent “Near Series,” but is much more of a studio album in terms of it’s deliberateness and thoughtfulness of approach. On a more personal level, central themes for these pieces are, completion or finality, moving on, passage, transcending old barriers, renewal, transformation, growth and the ever present nature of change. Recently, I stepped back a bit from my music and began to notice a story arc, or narrative thread, in the tone and titling of my albums that seem to foreshadow changes in my personal life. So, I decided to actively engage with this prognosticatory dialogue by naming this album something I felt was aspirational and appropriate to the story arc I was intuitively telling others and myself, and I quickly arrived at the title, Graduated. Making this title even more salient, over the past 4 or more years, I’ve had recurring dreams where I find myself having moved on from, or graduated from, school, a job, a relationship, or a way of life, and ready to move on to something new, yet completely clueless about how to take that next move, while still anxiously anticipating whatever may come next. For me, this set of songs reflect all of these insights and emotions, and I’m very grateful to Dennis for agreeing to release them on the Databloem label.

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released April 15, 2019

Mastered by Vincent Villuis at Ultimae Studios.

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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 AtmoWorks, Hypnos, Relaxed Machinery, txt and Databloem. ... more

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