Select from two brand new 2003 biographies:
• 2005 "Uncertain Futures And Distant Pasts" biography
2005"Uncertain Futures And Distant Pasts" biography
• PDF format
"Uncertain Futures and Fading Pasts" is the second release by Angelmark. Angelmark is the solo instrumental project of Titania member Michael Turner.
Michael says the title "Uncertain Futures and Fading Pasts" arrived as a result of the realization that most of the music he was making was an attempt to invoke or recreate the feeling of places visited or events that had occured long ago in childhood. Realizing this, he also remembers that as a child he often worried about what the future might hold.
The primary instrument used in these recordings is guitar, however the guitar is often augmented by multiple treatments and other instruments such as xylophone, metallophone, keyboards and found sounds. The music is melodic and spacious, lush soundscapes, reliant on the recording process to create the desired moods and atmospheres.
Names dropped by reviewers in an attempt to describe the music of the debut Angelmark disc included such luminaries as Eno, Durutti Column, Robin Guthrie, Harold Budd, Maurice Deebank. Although not sounding specifically like any of the above mentioned artists perhaps enthusiasts of their work might take note.
Angelmark is based in the often wintery environs of Edmonton Alberta Canada.
2003 "Titania" biography
are Mandy Cousins (vocals and words) and Michael Turner (instrumentation).
While both being born in England, Titania are based out of Edmonton,
Once known as the Sensualists, Mandy and Michael changed their name
to avoid confusion with a band of the same name from Portland Oregon.
The Sensualists released three earlier albums during the 1990's that
were received well by both music critics and their small but loyal
fanbase. California's Dewdrops magazine went as far as to hail them
as "Canada's best unsigned band". While suffering from poor
distribution, the earlier music paved the way for what was to follow.
The debut recording as Titania was recorded over a five year period
with the bulk of the recording taking place in 2001/2002. The release
was delayed until a proper plan was in place to sell and distribute
the album properly.
While confessing to being influenced by musicians such as Felt, Cocteau
Twins, and Brian Eno, the music of Titania does not fit easily into
any specific genre. Modern rather than retro, the music of Titania
is a mix of guitars, bass and keyboards with powerful and melodic
female voice. The production of the album is dense and atmospheric
yet maintaining the warmth and clarity of the vocals.
Titania's eponymous debut is the first release on the new Resplendent
2003 "Angelmark" biography
is the pseudonym for multi instrumentalist Michael Turner. While being
born in England, Michael is based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The
eponymous debut as Angelmark features ten instrumental tracks recorded
between early 2002 and early 2003.
The music of Angelmark ranges from near-ambient instrumentals to cinematic
sounding themes. The instrumentation consists of layered and looped
guitars, keyboards and electronics. The music is perhaps more melodic
than most found in the ambient instrumental genre. The production
is lush and textured with enough edge to be compelling rather than
Comparisons to artists such as Felt, Dif Juz, Durutti Column, Robin
Guthrie, Eno, Labradford, etc. may serve as indicators as to the territory
being explored here, but do not accurately describe the sound or scope
of this recording.
Michael is also one half of the group Titania who also record for
Angelmark is the second release on the Resplendent label.
Titania are Michael Turner and Mandy Cousins
Select from the past two official biographies for The Sensualists:
• 1994 "Lovesongs Of Chaos And Desire"
• 1997 "Dimming The Glitter Of The
1994 "Lovesongs Of Chaos And Desire" biography
Of Chaos And Desire" is a collection of fifteen sonorous pop melodies
and exotic textures by Edmonton, Alberta based band The Sensualists.
Their sound is a powerfully crafted mixture of extended studio manipulated
guitars, effects, percussion and vocals. Its styles and moods vary
from that of swirling ambient instrumentals to accessible guitar/vocal
Formed in 1990, The Sensualists is the culmination of ten years of
collaboration between vocalist Mandy Cousins and Michael Turner. Together
they formed the core of several groups in Edmonton's underground music
scene in the mid to late 1980s.
Since its initial release, "Lovesongs Of Chaos And Desire" has been
receiving attention from college radio in both Edmonton and Calgary.
At Calgary's CJSW, they have recently charted at #3, which has resulted
in a series of live concerts in that city. At the national level,
CBC FM programmes "Real-Time" and "Brave New Waves" have both featured
"Lovesongs Of Chaos And Desire" is The Sensualists' second release
produced and recorded in this duo's own studio "The Cold Room". Their
first cassette release "Boon" (1992) quickly sold out its entire run
and is due for a CD release in the near future. Present plans include
development of a solid distribution base for their releases.
1997 "Dimming The Glitter Of The Stars" biography
The Glitter Of The Stars" is the third release from Edmonton, Alberta
duo The Sensualists. Previous releases were 1992's debut cassette
"Boon" followed by 1994's CD release "Lovesongs Of Chaos And Desire".
After being involved in numerous earlier projects during the mid to
late 1980s (Mandy and Michael worked together in The Seventh Day,
The Langham Wheel, Mandy also collaborated with the late Dwayne Goettel
of Skinny Puppy in the group Water). The Sensualists formed in 1990
primarily as a studio-only project. Later playing a handful of shows
in Edmonton and Calgary supporting such artists as Michael Brook,
Rose Chronicles and Red Autumn Fall.
It was the frustration of trying to present themselves live on stage
that led The Sensualists to changing their work methods completely.
Abandoning live performance and recording "Dimming The Glitter Of
The Sensualists felt they had compromised their earlier material by
recording it with live performance in mind. "Dimming" in contrast
is slow, dense, moody and atmospheric. Many of the songs feature ambient
soundscapes rather than verse/chorus structure. As well as singing
words and clearly defined parts, many of the vocals are improvised
or looped into atmospheres. Guitar and keyboard parts are blended
into dense harmonic textures. The overall result is in the group's
opinion, by far their best work to date.
Future plans include obtaining distribution for their releases, possible
live performances, while working on new material planned for release
in mid to late 1998.
• The song "Blue Girl" is featured on a recent release by American
label Dewdrops called "Splashed With Many A Speck" along with tracks
by such luminaries as Cocteau Twins, Love Spirals Downwards and Daniel
• "Dimming The Glitter Of The Stars" also features a beautiful sleeve
by artist/graphic designer Lam Wong.
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