Packaged in a white cardboard jacket with a custom 3x3" matte photo sticker (printed by David Tagg), a custom blue text sticker and a printed white disc. Also includes a hand-cut photograph print insert of Luke Hazard's original Milieu cover painting.
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The Milieu self-titled album holds the rare uniqueness of being the only album out of the (literally) hundreds I've produced to simply be named Milieu. Not only is it one of the most important recordings on a personal level, but it represents a shift in thought, in how I approached writing music to begin with. In 2006, I hit some kind of critical mass with computer produced electronic music, and I longed for a more organic change that didn't have me hunched over a keyboard and screen for hours on end. I wanted my music to be made more immediately, more honestly even, and I was willing to make sacrifices to do it. Sometime that Summer, I turned the computer off, and sat down with only a guitar, some effects pedals, my Lowrey organ, a four-track tape recorder and an open window. From there, I played and played until something felt special, and that's what this album is. Milieu is a collection of twenty-two pieces, some short, some long, that depict a more pastoral ambient kind of personality, and they do so with a minimum of overdubbing and processing. A gentle hand is employed with a lot of patience and softness, deliberation, and seemingly abstracted pieces are in fact more composed than one would expect. Milieu is truly a dreamlike fantasist work of ambient instrumentation, and hopefully deserving of the title.
It was originally planned as a CD release at Jeremy Bible's Experimedia imprint, but the physical release was abandoned and it ended up being released for free there instead. After that, it was given a brief physical lifespan as a bonus disc for Of The Apple at SSR, but once again went off the map fairly fast. Now, finally, it has been remastered from the original tapes, and given a new cover from my collection of Holga photography, with nothing but respect given to Luke Hazard's original painted cover and his photographic cover that followed. Ironically, it is the first installment of the Arboreal Digest reissue catalog, but it has taken me such a long time to remaster that it is only now coming out.
released 19 November 2014
Written and produced by Brian Grainger. Recorded at 114RKD, Summer 2006. Remastered by The Analog Botanist at Botany Bay, Spring-Autumn 2014. This is Milieu Music number AD1, the first issue of the Arboreal Digest reissue catalog. Cover photo by Brian Grainger.