Charcoal (2014 Special Edition)

by Brambles

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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    This is the brand new CD edition of Charcoal featuring artwork from the vinyl reissue. It also includes the bonus track featured on the vinyl release - a reworking of In The Androgynous Dark by Nest.

    The first 50 copies sold will come with a free cover art postcard.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Charcoal (2014 Special Edition) via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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      £8.99 GBP or more 

     

  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

    When you pre-order this item, either the physical item or digitally, you'll be granted access to download the first eight tracks which made up the original CD release. The final bonus track will become available to download once the vinyl has been released.

      £7 GBP  or more

     

  • Full Digital Discography

    Get all 19 Serein releases available on Bandcamp and save 35%.

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of Expiration Compositions, He She Them Us, Orbital Planes & Passenger Trains Vol 1, Renewed Brilliance, Where Moss Grows, Cloudscapes, Struktura, Charcoal (2014 Special Edition), and 11 more. , and , .

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  • Special Edition Vinyl LP
    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    This vinyl special edition release of Charcoal by Brambles was originally crowd-funded via the Serein website.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Charcoal (2014 Special Edition) via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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This is the 2014 vinyl special edition of Charcoal by Brambles, also available digitally.



Brambles is the solo project of Mark Dawson, born in Britain, permanent resident of Australia and currently living who-knows-where as he travels Europe and beyond.

Thanks to a prolific spell of writing from Mark, what was originally pegged as an EP quickly turned into an album. Charcoal is the result of long hours spent recording, editing and mixing. A lot of this material was recorded during his stay at "The Painted Palace" (see the Brambles Forecast mix of the same name), a communal house in Melbourne open to all manner of creative outsiders.

Crucially, the house also played home to a piano; during the night-time this was where Brambles sat, working out melodies and making recordings into the small hours. Sometimes the piano is at the forefront (as on the solo piano piece, 'Unsayable'), while at other times it plays a support role to plucked and bowed strings, haunted woodwind instruments, whispered field recordings and distant chimes ('To Speak of Solitude').

This is undeniably a night-time album, it has that still, peaceful quality to it, the same you get when you walk down a deserted street at night. And despite the slow pace, the music rarely seems melancholic - there's a sense of contentedness which pervades the album from beginning to end. Mark seems very at ease with life and there's a similar spirit to the music, it is deep, thoughtful and optimistic - in the words of Donal Whelan (who mastered the final album), "it's like being wrapped up in a warm blanket". Even the slightly more sinister "Deep Corridor", which plunges you to the depths of the ocean, has that "cosy catastrophe" feel to it. I can't help but think of Blade Runner and Vangelis when I hear it.

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released November 15, 2014

Written and produced by Mark Dawson

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