Every order will receive a unique and extremely rare completed hardcover / hardback-cased OS ordnance survey map (circa. 1955-1970 ranging from Scotland and UK locations). Each one is cloth-backed and bound; as you open up the front cover you are presented with beautiful old maps that take you on a journey of Szymon's sonic exploration. Along with the maps we have beautiful A6 prints on Acquerello, 160gsm luxury card; they contain 12 United Kingdom bespoke national Park prints including: Lake District, South Downs, Norfolk Broads, Brecon Beacons, Peak District, North York Moors, Loch Lomond, Cairngorms, Snowdonia, Exmoor, Northumberland, Yorkshire Dales. If that was not enough you will also get an antique glass slide (circa.1920-1945), vintage photograph, negative photo print, 2 x CD, book insert from 'The Book Of Travel' (circa. 1905) published by Horace Cox, vintage travel tickets, A6 limited edition double sided print on Acquerello, 280gsm. All stamped / numbered / scented. One of the best designs we have done for a very long time. Truly limited edition!
Made by hand,
1 x unique and extremely rare completed hardcover / hardback-cased Landranger os ordnance survey map (circa. 1955-1970 ranging from Scotland and UK locations). All hand stamped and numbered.
12 x A6 prints on Acquerello, 160gsm luxury card; Bespoke national Park prints include: Lake District, South Downs, Norfolk Broads, Brecon Beacons, Peak District, North York Moors, Loch Lomond, Cairngorms, Snowdonia, Exmoor, Northumberland, Yorkshire Dales.
1 x A6 limited edition double sided print on Acquerello, 280gsm
1 x antique glass slide (circa.1920-1945)
1 x vintage photograph
1 x negative photo print housed in wax numbered bag
1 x vintage numbered photo negative resting inside original waxed bag
1 x book insert from 'The Book Of Travel' (circa. 1905) published by Horace Cox
1 x vintage travel ticket
2 x hand stamped CDs
Stamped / hand numbered / scented
Download code (includes 20 PDF prints)
Limited to 150 copies
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Includes unlimited streaming of Gaze Into The Sun
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Gaze Into The Sun is a divided record, split between the past and the present. Old and new samples, old and new techniques.
For this release, Szymon Kaliski went through a selection of older sketches, loops, and recordings, and reviewed a lot of his past material, picking out things that resonated in the here and now. Recording and mixing took up much of last year, and even then, he almost threw the entire project away. Thankfully, he stuck with it, as its ambient music contains slivers of something ethereal, something more.
Gaze Into The Sun’s samples originated from a cassette tape, and the hazy, bleary-eyed textures of tape sink into this record. Custom loopers and delay effects made up his DIY software and hardware approach (the absence of a computer screen or any other digital method was an intentional choice), and samples were then processed and fed into Ableton Live.
Kaliski’s main philosophy is music of intentional imperfection. There’s no room for perfect, clean and polished sounds - life doesn’t work like that, and Kaliski understands that it is frequently chaotic and messy. Dissolving hisses and other musical bruises make up the topography of the record, scarring its relatively calm surface with anxious thoughts.
It lives within its own space, finding comfort in a pause separating note from note, containing many echoes of the past.
One can hear Icelandic wind and rain, recorded on a phone while on a trip. Piano samples, so old the date has been forgotten. A broken acoustic guitar, played with the bow of a violin. And his wife, singing in an empty underground pool somewhere in Mexico, recorded on a cheap, run-of-the-mill Dictaphone. All of these sounds add infinite amounts of texture to the music.
2020 brought a bit of headspace for Kaliski, after years of solid work and an eventual burnout. But the music was always there, waiting to emerge…
So it was that Gaze Into The Sun found life, the first, shaky breaths of an embryo - a concoction of the old and the new, covered in strangely-nostalgic, neither-here-nor-there sounds which float in the ether, never entirely sure where they’re going, and mirroring the current state of life, with all of its daily anxieties and stresses.
‘Trying to be hopeful, but also not sure of what’s next…trying to build up something resembling normalcy for all to crumble again. And I was also trying to work through what I was doing with my life and why…’
The music evolved from Kaliski’s experimentation, a focus on a particular feeling, which inevitably drips into the music, colouring it. Kaliski describes this as ‘the rare moment when everything feels ok’, and everything is ok when the music is playing. Music has the capacity to remove oneself from the troubles of reality. The music is dreamy enough to create its own sphere of peace, where nothing can interfere or evoke trouble. For Kaliski, as with millions of others, music is a gateway and a drug, a sedative to fight against cruelty and emotional pain, restoring and healing the inner self.
Kaliski extends an invitation to us all: in this sanctuary, one can linger in the music, reflect on the music, and belong to the music.
released September 1, 2021
Music: Szymon Kaliski
Mastering: Ian Hawgood
Print layout: Craig Tattersall
Packaging design: Daniel Crossley
supported by 33 fans who also own “Gaze Into The Sun”
With no forward momentum and therefore no expectation of the next note, eventually these pieces etch out a pattern, at a welcomed glacial pace. Piano is welcomed also. Very well thought out. Richard Erickson
supported by 32 fans who also own “Gaze Into The Sun”
Let's put it this way- this is simply one of our favourite works ever!...A collection of variations on a theme that drift by, perfuming the air, or that stop a moment to whisper you a story. Evocative in its sparse beauty, We are sure this will been the permanent playlist always, right alongside Arvo Part's "Alina" and offthesky's "Silent went the Sea" ....ss/tm/am editions vaché