What a great joy it is to release an album by two old friends, one a
long-standing Earth Mantra artist, and the other with his first album on our
humble netlabel. This is precisely the pleasure we have today, as we
introduce Shadow District, the brand new collaboration by ambient masters
Har and Altus.
An album by either one of these artists would be cause for celebration, but
together the results simply astonish. A full seventy minutes of transcendent
music await the listener, somewhere in the netherworld between dark
ambience, melodic ambience, and pure electronic space music. As one would
expect, the compositions themselves are near peerless, with point,
counterpoint, interlude, and response all easily identifiable to those
listening closely. And, also as expected, the sound design is lush and three
dimensional, the performance inspirational, and the production immaculate.
Attention to detail is certainly among the many strengths these artists
What really does it for us, though, is the raw emotion barely held at bay in
this powerful music, the palpable sense of despair and determination, of
pain and hope, of disastrous loss and hard-won victory. One can picture the
grit and grime of this dark underworld, of this merciless street that
punishes so many and allows so few to escape to the light of day. And yet
one can also sense the moments of triumph amid the ruins, when the human
spirit rises above its miserable surroundings to fly free despite all odds.
The duality in this music both inspires and awes the listener, with
something for fans of nearly all ambient traditions to love. Truly
So it is our distinct honor to announce the availability of Shadow
District, an album that we think is destined to be a classic of the genre,
surely one of the top ambient releases of 2012. And nothing less than music
for the ages.
Special note: the download for this recording includes both MP3 and FLAC formats. Unlike MP3, which throws away some of the audio
data in order to achieve high compression, FLAC is a lossless format that is identical in quality to the original audio signal.
For more information about FLAC, please visit the FLAC home page.