Songs From Unknown Territory

by Steve Brand

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Richard Gürtler
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Richard Gürtler Yeah, as always, an authentically "terra incognita" listening experience is celebrated when journeying with Steve Brand. Well, one can say, no coincidence in this case, when the album is entitled "Songs From Unknown Territory", but this Kansan soundforger constantly crafts a truly distinguishing gems. This album is certainly one of them!!! Steve Brand is one of the most ingenious forces on the scene. If you are not aware of his artistry yet, you are making a devastating mistake!!!
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Berkdrums It's as if the stunning albumcover already reveals it's beauty on the inside. With 'Songs From Unknown Territory' we travel inward. I think the tracktitle 'When I've Left Behind All That I Was' says it all. This album is só deep, it's like a treasury and we have to dig deep in our minds, our emotions, our spirituality and let ourselves immerse in these stunning tracks. Only then you'll find this huge reward, this peacefulness, cleasing o/t mind and simply pure joy that this music can do this all
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patient_ot High-caliber experimental ambient album here. Great mix of electronics and organic sounds. Highly recommended.
Brian Bourassa
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Brian Bourassa Mr. Brand never disappoints us with his "brand" of ambient music. Quality music. I always love his wind-work.
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Track List:
song from unknown territory 11:22
when i’ve left behind all that i was 12:12
the long way home 11:11
some are things of substance, some are not 14:57
the pause just before the great exhalation 12:12
beyond the edge of a flat earth 12:12

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OUT NOW, CDr and download on Pioneer Light Music, "Songs From Unknown Territory," by Steve Brand.

The first sketches for "Unknown Territory..." were originally begun in 09.11.11, parallel to several other projects. At the time, I had the intuitive sense that large changes were about to occur, although I had no real idea of the who-what-where-how of it all. This group of songs is imbued with that sense of mystery, uneasy anticipation, anxious discovery, hope, longing and even nostalgia for the once familiar. While creating these pieces, I had the mental picture of vast landscapes, long-abandoned homesteads leaning on hillsides, rough roads dwindling to foot trails finally leading to uninhabited vistas, ancient handmade maps indicating the edge of the known world portraying vaguely rendered mythical landscapes and inhabitants of the regions beyond. I would say a story is told in the unfolding of the tracks, from the darkly anthemic opening of “Song From Unknown Territories," followed by the mid-section, “Some Are Things Of Substance, Some Are Not" expressing the longing for familiar faces and shores, ending with the closing scenes of "Beyond The Edge Of A Flat Earth."

Composed entirely of pads, bells, whistles and voices, "...Unknown Territory" times in at about 75 minutes and will be released on CDr in a full color bi-fold digipack and as hi-res downloads.

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“song from unknown territory”

how fortunate am i
orange sliver moon
window seat with rabbit
cricket just outside my window
making faces at birds
glow from the trees
cicada mustache

images of the best life

terribly intimate things
i choose to share with the world
(via social media)

i was never good at pretending
that I didn’t know things I know
in order to console others

lace curtains
crumbled down old place
window looking out on holler
coins in a jar buried at the foot of the tree
leaving old homes behind

there out in the scrub
among the brambles and cocklebur
beyond the edge of a flat earth
two wild cats jump my fence and play

leaving the hive
how fortunate am i


released September 25, 2015



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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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