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qd18 Whettman Chelmets - A New Place - out now!

Hi friends - hope all good out there :)


Delighted to announce that next up in the quiet details series, with an incredible interpretation of the idea, is Whettman Chelmets.


Out now on digital and limited CD with long-form edition, six panel digipack and fine art print. Digital half price until 7th June x



Listening party Thursday 30th May - 19:00 UK time - link to follow.



A singular artist, Whettman truly defies genre-boundaries, taking his experimental and visionary approach to music creation through many different guises. 


Largely guitar-focused and broadly covering drone/shoegaze/ambient, yet deconstructing each of those generic terms into something truly unique and purely his own. With releases on such diverse labels as Flaming Pines, Submarine Broadcasting, Girly Girl, Strategic Tape Reserve and more - each new release promises something very special and unexpected.


A New Place is exactly that - originating from an improvised, deeply poetic song from his young daughter and extrapolated into his own improvisations, thoughts circling of yearning for new things and the nostalgia for the past - ultimately creating powerful and moving pieces that are utterly compelling.


Highly textural, the three tracks are each complete worlds of their own - using a palette of guitars, synths, field recordings and trumpet from Whettman, his two children, Lucy and Reese guesting on vocals and screwdriver guitar respectively - we hear the full range of sonic emotion.



Soft and gentle murmurations morph into walls of layered structures - always shifting and advancing into yet new scenes that elicit unpredictable feelings. The musicality is a match for the sound design, both so refined and precise while always feeling organic and natural - you can feel his hands making this music, the nuances come through perfectly.


Beautiful picked guitar evolves into heavily saturated washes which turn into vast open spaces - this is a true masterclass in using every corner of dimensional space and the complete frequency spectrum to say exactly what he wants to say in this time and place.


“There's a cyclical nature to the whole thing, and I'd like to highlight that with the words.  We humans spend most of out time longing.  It seems to be what drives us.  Not inherently a bad thing, I don't think, but at the same time, takes us away from the Now.  I think the work here focuses on that.  We long for things.  Then we find said things.  Then we continue to long.  Always on the precipice of fulfillment, but never actually there.”


At times light and expansive, at times dark and evanescent, Whettman Chelmets has taken the quiet details concept to a wonderful and extraordinary world - A New Place in every wonderful regard.


Huge thanks to Whettman for everything, a complete and gorgeous addition to the series - hope you enjoy x


The artwork was made as always influenced by the music and idea behind the album - originating from a photo from Whettman which was then captured with analogue photography and processed here at quiet details studios.

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Also out today is a very limited second run of the incredible qd12 lapis by our dear friend and constant source of inspiration, zakè. This album connected deeply with so many of you so I’m really happy to make it available again.



As I said at the time:


zakè creates boundless and totally immersive sound-worlds, infinite expanses in which to wander - beautiful melodic and harmonic phrases drift in and out of focus, a true sense of three dimensional space underpinned by the deepest and most enveloping bass frequencies, themselves providing a perfect counterpoint to the elements undulating above.

Played low, this is a guided meditation; played loud it is physical music that’s nothing less than transcendent.

The stunning textures are sourced from a range of instruments and recording techniques - an antique Steinway piano, vintage synths and tape decks, field recordings - all contribute to the atmospheric wonder.

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Now finally some shout-outs, always so grateful to these wonderful people, they do it purely for the love of music and we need to support them however we can - big thanks to all of them!








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So hope you enjoy all of this friends, qd18 is such a special entry to the series and I’m so appreciative to all of you for your on-going and truly heartwarming support.


Much love


Alex


quiet details studios - mastering and audio services


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