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Dealing with the sadness and optimism that comes with the inevitable passing of time, Layers of Memory in the Quiet Voice of Motion sees experimental artists offthesky and Bill Seaman collaborate. This CD-only edition comes housed in bespoke stamped and numbered cases, and with scented unique handmade artwork on top of vintage ephemera, photographs, prints and negatives. 

Limited CD £24.99

CD on Fluid Audio housed in bespoke stamped, numbered and scented unique handmade artwork. Edition of 175 copies incl. vintage ephemera, photographs, prints, film/photo negatives etc.

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Layers of Memory by offthesky & Bill Seaman
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8/10 Daoud 16 January 2020

So the label’s called Fluid Audio you say? It’s rare that a label’s name uses the exact words you’d use to describe an album, but stranger things have happened. ‘Layers of Memory’ is a remarkable album, 42 minutes of music turned liquid. Of strings mixing with woodwind. Of vocals mixing with electronics. Where does one start and the other end? Where does the deep end start and the shallow end? I don’t know.

This album, a collaboration between offthesky & Bill Seaman, has loftier questions in mind. As its title suggests, it wants to explore how we remember things. How we turn a series of events that are largely out of our control and turn them into a life story. The album introduces elements, be that James Chu’s clarinet or Wei Ping Lin’s violin steadily throughout its run. They stand alone for a few moments, a single chapter. But soon they’re swept into the constant ambient flow, almost completely forgotten.

Occasionally different elements will meet, Chu and Lin find each other about 15 minutes in, while towards the end Lin plays while Rin Howell sings. These meetings feel totally serendipitous, like if you listened to the album on another day they might not happen. This above all us makes ‘Layers of Memory’ feel so rich. As reassuring as it might be to think that we’re all heading in one direction, that would mean a life with fewer surprises.


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