For our final release of the year, I’m so pleased to have the wonderfully talented multi-disciplinary artist Cat Tyson Hughes sharing her gorgeous take on the quiet details concept - Roses in the Casement Window
Half price digital until 22nd December and glass-mastered CD with long-form version (very special this one - Cat spent a huge amount of time on it, truly seamless) , bespoke 6-panel heavy-stock digi-pack and separate print of the cover art.
Bandcamp Listening Party tomorrow - Thursday 19.00 UK time - everyone welcome so hope to see you there!
Cat has a history of creating the most incredibly pure and ethereal music, with her last album on Past Inside the Present and before that her stunning debut self- released full-length. Very few artists begin with such assured and mature work and Cat has built on her innate musicality to continue making music of the highest calibre - after hearing her previous work I knew she’d be a perfect addition to the series and what she delivered far exceeded all my expectations.
This is an album of calm and gentle beauty - washes of Cat’s vocal soar over deep and undulating bass creating three-dimensional worlds of immense depth and space - you can feel the emotion and honesty emanating as each track unfolds. This is healing music.
Delicate melodies emerge through these clouds and waves of sonic bliss, with constant movement and endless layers overlapping to create soundscapes that have the potential to transport you to another place - the combination of vocal and synth harmonies with field recordings and electro-acoustics has resulted in an album with a character completely unique to Cat, nobody makes music quite like this, we’re very lucky to experience it.
In Cat’s own words this is “about childhood imagination and having the chance to live the simplest childhood dreams as an adult” - this is a deeply personal album and you can hear that resonate across every second. Roses in the Casement Window was an image that became a reality, and the album’s dream-like qualities translate this in the most lucid way.
We’re also very happy to have some amazing artists contribute along the way - marine eyes, zakè and Jim McDonald - all adding their touch to a track each - I also was part of a track as Fields we Found. marine eyes (Cynthia Bernard) and zakè need no introduction, having been responsible for some of the most stunning music of recent years; and Jim is a long time collaborator of Cat’s, both playing together in the band Fire to the Stars - so pleased to have them all on the label.
Mastered here by me at quiet details studios.
Huge thanks to Cat for this wonderful album and being a part of the series. The amount of work she put into the long-form version is staggering too, it’s a truly seamless journey that’s entirely captivating from start to finish.
The artwork was made as always influenced by the music and idea behind the album - originating from a picture of a rose Cat grew herself, I then collaged and captured using analogue photography. The resulting images were manipulated by hand and in various ways to arrive at the final artwork.
Also released today is a super-limited second run of qd05 The Lifted Index - who made such a beautiful interpretation of the quiet details idea - so pleased to make this available again.
There's been an overwhelming response to qd11, I already did a loads of shout-outs last week and here are some more - check them out and support the DJs!
and one for qd06 't Geruis
And big thanks to Flatland Frequencies for putting two qd albums, qd02 Field Lines Cartographer and qd10 Tape Loop Orchestra in their top ten album of 2023.
So huge thanks again friends, your support this year has been overwhelming and I couldn't be more grateful - this is such a lovely way to finish off the year and, thanks to your love and positivity, we've got big plans for next year - so happy to be doing this together x
quiet details studios - mastering and audio services