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5 Textures

Release date: Monday 23rd February
Total time: 41.23

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With this his sixth full album, Simon Lomax’s 5 Textures again demonstrates the sound of an ever evolving artist, whilst retaining the best elements of his previous work. Using his favoured tools of samples, reverb, filters and echo, Lomax now takes command with highly processed guitar. Though an instrument he has played for over 25 years he only began his experimentations with the atmospheric potential of guitar on his last album, A Glimmer of Memory. Treated with masterful production the guitar becomes almost unrecognisable as an instrument at times sounding like a distant echo and at others more similar to a reverberant cathedral organ than a stringed instrument.

It would be true to say that Lomax takes broader brush strokes with this album, for example for the piece '3 Hours of Night', creating the soundtrack based purely on the intensity of the burnt red sky he saw while flying into Helsinki late at night. This approach is perhaps in line with his recent Film and TV music successes; pieces that focus less on structure and more on describing perfectly a time, a place, a feeling.

A Glimmer of Memory

Total time: 52.53

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I've often thought about the way that we perceive memories. It was one early morning when I was out running in the Somerset countryside seeing a few rays of sunlight breaking through the cloud cover, illuminating just a few areas of the ground so intensely, that I saw the metaphor; our memories are like spot-lit glimpses into our past.

Inspired, I set about exploring some of my own most vivid memories and giving them a soundtrack. The result is A Glimmer of Memory

Zone of Cold

Total time: 60:50

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It's been 8 years since Simon's well received album .74 (point seven four) written under the pseudonym Maitreya. With this his first release under his own name Simon Lomax steps out from behind the name to reveal something a little deeper.

You'd be forgiven for thinking that with the change of name that perhaps there would also be a change in sound but instead there is a deepening and layering capturing the very best of Simon's previous work underpinning the new growth.

Zone of Cold explores new atmospheres and structures which give the release a certain holographic ethereal quality all of it's own. You will hear the unmistakeable Maitreya of old but with the new qualities that takes you somewhere more.

From the gathering momentum of opener On the Horizon through to the vaporous Crystalline Air and the aching stillness of This Fragile Veil, Zone of Cold is a well worth a listen and well worth the wait.

Sheltering Sky

Total time: 5:54

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Soundtrack to a short film commissioned by the arts council (2002-03).

12 Hours

Total time: 19:14

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Originally commissioned for an arts festival in 2003, 12 hours is a sonic exploration through three distinct and evolving movements into the hidden hours between dusk and dawn, from sunset to sunrise

.74

Total time: 51.18

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Inspired by location and time .74 (point seven four) is a warm and animate landscape of rich atmospheres moved by a swell and pulsing of sound. With the beautiful depths and resonance of Escent, the glitchy, hypnotic repetition of Pulse and Beat and the mellow pads of Aurora, this album is a satisfying and cohesive whole, featuring the Maitreya sound that is becoming so well recognised.

Telluric Waves

Total time: 55.32

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With this, his long awaited second album, Maitreya returns to explore more earthly terrain.

From the percolating warmth of sinter, to the bleak expanse of lumen, discover the beautiful new sound of Maitreya.

From The Mothership

Total time: 61.12

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A powerful and enveloping work, From the Mothership is a sonic slipstream to the far reaches of the universe, lie back, close your eyes, and enjoy an hour’s journey through time and space; an exploration into uncharted territory.

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