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David Newlyn / Disintegrating Suburban Dream

With his solo project, David Newlyn has been creating atmospheric, textural music since 2007. Known to Hibernate fans for a collaborative EP with Yellow6 back in 2011 he has also had numerous works released on labels such as Cotton Goods, Time Released Sound, Tokyo Droning and Flaming Pines.

Based just outside Durham city, David combines electronics with guitars, keyboards and fretless bass to create hazy melancholic pieces. His latest album, ‘Disintegrating Suburban Dream’ sees David’s love of exploring and photographing derelict or abandoned places translated into a series of twelve impressionistic studies that focus on time and place. Alongside the markedly more acoustic instrumentation than his previous work lie spur of the moment field recordings made simply on a phone or camera, making a feature of the hiss and grit generated by these recordings.

A celebration of dereliction, David Newlyn’s latest work succeeds in drawing the listener through its crumbling corridors as distant, decaying melodies act as a backdrop to ghostly chatter through a layer of fog.

Released 28th March 2014 on limited edition CD

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Isnaj Dui / Secondary Projections

‘Secondary Projections’ was written and recorded during January 2014 after being given some recordings of a super 8 projector by Hibernate boss Jonathan Lees. These recordings, some left untouched, others cut up to form rhythmic patterns, formed the basis of the piece. Acoustic instruments were then added to create three distinct ‘sections’.

Hibernate postcard series no 29 released 14th March 2014

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Olan Mill / Land Cycle

Olan Mill is the recording project of UK composer and producer Alex Smalley, also one half of the duo Pausal. For his postcard ep, Alex wanted to put together some recordings that contained less emphasis on post production, Land Cycle is made up of live takes, demos and samples barely touched from their inception. The songs were recorded at various points over the last 10 years and collated January 2014.

Hibernate postcard series no 30 released 14th March 2014

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Ashlar / St James’ Gardens



Ashlar is the collaborative project of Wil Bolton and Phil Edwards. Although Wil is from Essex and now living in London, he lived in Liverpool for several years, during which time he met and began working with Phil, who lived nearby. Wil Bolton is no stranger to hibernate having released two albums, Time Lapse in 2010 and Under A Name That Hides Her in 2012, as well the postcard ep Silver in 2012. In addition Wil has recorded for Home Normal, Time Released Sound, Rural Colours and Cathedral Transmissions. For his solo outings, Phil Edwards records under the PJE guise and has releases on Cathedral Transmissions, U-Cover and Twisted Tree Line. Together as Ashlar they’ve recorded one other album, Saturday Drones which came out on Time Released Sound back in 2012.

Recorded over several Saturday afternoon sessions, the duo’s second album, St James’ Gardens, began with and was inspired by field recordings made in and around the Liverpool park of the same name. This long, narrow park and cemetery nestles below ground level behind Liverpool Cathedral. Although the tracks are largely improvised, the rough sketches created by the collection of field recordings were later worked on in Wil’s nearby studio using a combination of hardware and software. The duo processed acoustic and electric guitars, electric piano and analogue synthesizer using guitar pedals, loopers and laptop to create an atmospheric collection of tracks which change the everyday sounds of a city park into something new.

Released 14th February 2014 on limited edition CD

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Antonymes / There Can Be No True Beauty Without Decay

This October we’re celebrating our 50th (hb50) catalogue release with an album from Ian M Hazeldine who records under the alias Antonymes. Hailing from Hawarden, a small village in North Wales, whose most famous inhabitant was William Ewart Gladstone, Hazeldine creates atmospheric melodies, using various pianos, celesta, strings, church organ and field recordings, and has had releases on Soundcolours, Cathedral Transmissions, Hidden Shoal, Time Released Sound and Rural Colours.

With a long standing interest in music making and active listening, Hazeldine works with any influences, from his surrounding landscape to the artists he has worked with. His compositions often take on a semi-improvised structure with accidental atmospheres used as a starting point. As well as his own projects, Hazeldine also works with Marconi Union’s Richard Talbot, under the name Prospector. He also works as a graphic designer, film maker and photographer, having art directed many of the Hibernate releases including our critically acclaimed vinyl series, and has worked with many other artists and labels including Facture, Field Rotation and Olan Mill.

In late 2009 Antonymes released ‘Beauty Becomes the Enemy of the Future’ on Cathedral Transmissions of which the CD is now unavailable. Since then he has revisited the album, which has culminated a new release, ‘There Can Be No True Beauty Without Decay’. Hazeldine’s own reworkings are intertwined with those of friends Ian Hawgood, Isnaj Dui, Offthesky, Field Rotation, Wil Bolton, Spheruleus and James Banbury to create an album of captivating melancholy and beauty. The guest reworkings venture into other, darker territories, where one might be harder pressed to identify the original material.

Released 28th October 2013 on limited edition CD.

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Simon Bainton / Visiting Tides

Conceived as an organic expression of wide open spaces inspired by coastal visits, “Visiting Tides” is the debut album from British musician Simon Bainton. Previously, Simon contributed “Sun Settlings” to our postcard series, although he is perhaps better known as one half of the duo Pausal – who have released on the likes of Barge Recordings, Students Of Decay and Highpoint Lowlife. His work with Pausal has seen him share the stage with artists such as Grouper, Mountains, Stars of the Lid, Chihei Hatakeyama and Greg Haines.

The album draws from an entirely acoustic palette of instruments including piano, acoustic guitar, voice, harmonica, flute, wind chimes and also features the unmistakable cello of Danny Norbury. These are bound together by an array of sampled vinyl records, field recordings and answer phone messages, all processed and arranged on laptop.

The two sides of the resulting album can almost be seen as ‘night’ and ‘day’, with the first half setting a calming yet slightly sombre tone and the second adopting a warmer and more ecstatic feel. The seven pieces are all named after different coastal areas that have inspired Simon, each one blending seamlessly into the next to provide a continuous listening environment which you can truly sink into.

Released August 2013, a limited edition LP release of 150.

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Lowered / Lost Seas

Lowered is a project by London based artists Chris Gowers and Katie English. Both artists have a number of previous releases with Hibernate under their solo guises Karina ESP and Isnaj Dui, and between them have amassed a discography that lists Morc, Home Normal, Trace and Second Language among others. This release however sees a departure from their previous output in both instrumentation and method.

Lowered began at the start of 2012 and ended the year with a live debut performance at Café OTO for a Hibernate show and now, a debut album called ‘Lost Seas’. Work on the album began in February during a wind-swept afternoon sourcing field recordings on Brighton beach. The majority of the album was then recorded using cello, piano, and cymbal during a single day in March at both a London studio and an empty church. In the months that followed gongs, clarinet and field recordings from the beach were added.

Lowered create pared-down arrangements using reductive playing processes and avoid using digital effects, instead relying on experiments with microphone placement and naturally reverberant spaces. The resulting sound focuses on the pure tonal qualities of the instruments, and the narrative of the album, which references Donald Crowhurst in the opening track title, is reflected through its slow, melancholic cello drones, dark swells of piano and sparse melodies.

Released March 2013, a limited edition LP release of 150.

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