Aurora Borealis / Night Currents

by Milieu

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about

Long since separated and meant to be companion pieces from the start, Aurora Borealis and Night Currents were two albums whose sessions ran back to back. Borealis was given to U-Cover in Belgium, in 2005, to release as a physical format introduction to Milieu. As such, it contains tracks that previously appeared on Slow Lid Close and Songs We Found In The Sand (a couple of which are alternate mixes) alongside tracks that were recorded specifically for it (although Narthex, Statuettes and Inline Track were all recorded much earlier than that in 2004).

Pretty much right after Borealis was issued, I started work on Night Currents, and the two albums segue together almost perfectly, with Borealis ending on the ambient meditation of Hidden Paths, and Currents starting with the elaborate opener Journey By Heliodrome, which washes over as pure ambient for the first two minutes or so. Stylistically, Currents gets darker than Borealis, which sounds very sunny for the most part, and this was always intended as a daytime/nighttime counterpoint.

Until now, both albums were given simple CD-R reissues in stamped white paper sleeves, following the U-Cover versions going out of print, and I've always wanted to see them justified as a 2CD release with renewed album art and stylish presentation. This reissue is as close to my original intent as I think I can get, and it's appropriate that it's happening on the tenth anniversary of the Milieu name. The music here is playful, exploratory, naive and uninhibited, but I think it still works well as both an early introduction to my work and a summer listening experience.

credits

released 17 May 2014

Written & produced by Brian Grainger. Recorded at 1027PDS, Foxhill and 114RKD, 2004-2005. Cover photograph by Brian, Botany Bay 2012. This is Milieu Music number AD17, and 17th in the Arboreal Digest reissue catalog.

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