V/A - Always & Forever
"‘Always + Forever’ is the first compilation to be released on Do You Have Peace?
Collecting thirteen unreleased tracks from artists both new and familiar to the label, Featuring Equiknoxx's Time Cow, HTRK's Jonnine, and Jabu's Guest (appearing both solo and in collaborative mode with Birthmark), there are solo outings from Tarquin Manek (aka Silzedrek / Static Cleaner Lost Reward) and sometime collaborator YL Hooi. Vessel contributes both solo and in tandem with Rakhi Singh (Manchester Collective), Zaumne appears with Hermeneia. Teresa Winter's 'Juniper' offers a sweet bridge to the tracks it's bookended by, and a counterpoint to the two consecutive offerings from the mysterious Laughter of Saints.
Originally conceived as a project to link together the dream-pop oriented leanings of a disparate group of artists, as the project grew it became more amorphous and developed its own narrative, held by a strange, half-awake quality throughout. The pop leanings are still there, although often buried under clouds of reverb, and they take their place among less heavy-lidded bedroom confessionals, DIY chamber pieces, and teary-eyed instrumental passages.
The majority of the vocal-led tracks occur on the first half of the album, leaving the second section to drift into more sedative, hypnagogic terrain. Where further voices do reappear, they feel more like half-remembered fragments of dream-speech. As the words eventually leave us completely, the album closes out through three chamber pieces, transposing classical instrumentation from the lofty heights of concert halls to more intimate and familiar settings: a box room in a flat, a bedroom, a memory of lying awake staring at the ceiling and trying to go to sleep again."
Includes digital download
Mastered by Benjamin Tregaskes, Amir Shoat
Artwork by Skkinz
housed in reverse board picture sleeve
Shrink wrapped w/ sticker on wrap
Time Cow - Hey There Fat Fingers
Guest - Heavy Knot
Jonnine - As You Sleep By My Feet
Static Cleaner Lost Reward - Sweet Paradise
Teresa Winter - Juniper
Hermeneia & Zaumne - In The Soil
Guest & Birthmark - Freeze In The Aisle
YL Hooi - Glitch Clarry Ditty
Silzedrek - Kristopher Kolumbo Inaction Ark
Laughter Of Saints - Shards
Laughter Of Saints - The Motif
Vessel - Sleepless
Vessel & Rakhi Singh - It Can't Be Helped (There Is Nothing In The Sky)