Fieldem

Silent Vigils. Fieldem

Released by Home Normal
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Release Dates
Worldwide: Jul 20, 2018


Silent Vigils is the work of Stijn Hüwels and James Murray. James Murray will be well known to many fans of the label and the ambient scene alike for his highly celebrated works (including 2017’s ‘Killing Ghosts’ for Home Normal), as well the Slowcraft label which he curates. read more...

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Silent Vigils. Fieldem

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Silent Vigils is the work of Stijn Hüwels and James Murray. James Murray will be well known to many fans of the label and the ambient scene alike for his highly celebrated works (including 2017’s ‘Killing Ghosts’ for Home Normal), as well the Slowcraft label which he curates. Stijn Hüwels is the curator of the Slaapwel label, and his work with James as Silent Vigils marks the first in a series of collaborations he will be releasing over the next year on Home Normal.

Both Stijn and James are very much part of the modern Home Normal family now, and will be appearing on a number of releases over the next year. I’ve been a fan of Stijn’s understated and organic ambient works for a while now and I’m so glad we finally get to be releasing the first of a number of new projects by him finally. And then of course there is James Murray. To be in close quarters with someone so talented is quite something, with his ability to create carefully constructed ambient music in a variety of tones and types, where others typically work within one strict field.

Their work as Silent Vigils is so delicate, slow-burning and powerful in spirit, that the very name they use for this project is just so fitting. The word ‘vigil’ naturally leads to a concept of reflection and one of being quietly awake and on ‘watch’ during the night. The music reflects this idea so perfectly, with its quietude, patience, and a feeling of nocturnal devotion. Such ambiguous terms could be used for almost any ambient works of course, but few records leave me with such a powerful sense of deep spiritual awareness and contemplative unknowing. This is music that is timeless and powerful, and not really of this modern world, for which I am very thankful indeed.

- Words by Ian Hawgood

Molenbrook, Mossigwell, Zwartewall, Fieldem... places neither here nor there; half in the world, half in the mind. We began this project as an exchange of gestures across the water, a dialogue motivated by mutual respect and revolving around our shared love of the minimal, the graceful and the understated. We completed it on 22nd March 2017 - the day of the Westminster attack, one year to the day after the Brussels bombings. These four pieces have become our personal dedications to the quiet strength of blended culture, free thinking and open borders. Silent Vigils.

We must thank Malgorzata Lapsa-Malawska for her beautiful, plaintive artwork, created especially for this album. One of many thanks due to our dear friend Ian Hawgood is for inviting us both to perform for Home Normal in 2016, planting the seeds of the record you hear now.

- Words by Silent Vigils (Stijn Hüwels and James Murray)

Cat.no.: homen111CD
Format: CD/Digital

Tracklisting

1
1. Molenbrook
2. Mossigwell
3. Zwartewall
4. Fieldem

Release Dates:
Jul 20, 2018 (Worldwide)