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Gr​ø​nland

by Glåsbird

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nmcr01 I wait; fate uncertain,
A slow and silent patience
Gradually released
In the heady warmth of progress,
If your plan is to make my name more apt
Can I please remain
In my familiar old captivity?
Ice-bound suits me.
The oceans neither want nor need
My glacial tears to flow
A moment faster, iota stronger;
Nanook and Artio lament
Their Kingdom's steady theft
Winter's ice storms no longer save us
Bastard summer melts our hearts
How can gods remain a wonder
When their children have no home to claim? Favorite track: Kaltsvið.
Andrea Martignano
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Andrea Martignano For some reason, I've always hesitated to listen carefully to what was presented as the "next big anonymous artist". And I was wrong. Astonishing, enchanting, never trivial, relaxing but catching attention. Bravo (whoever they are ;) ) Favorite track: Gunnbjørn Fjeld.
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Glåsbird returns following the debut EP ‘Drift Stations’ which was a digital only release on Whitelabrecs just prior to Christmas last year. The eagerly awaited full-length debut album is something that this currently anonymous artist has carefully shaped over a lengthy period of time and it is entitled Grønland. Those looking to the themes of the North Pole and travel through the treacherous Arctic Circle which were contained within Drift Stations, will see a pattern of travel or rather, migration developing. Next stop – Greenland, the world’s largest island as well as one of the most uninhabited landmasses on the planet, which is thanks to stark temperatures and the permanent ice sheet which occupies most of this land.

Glåsbird imagined that they were assigned the task of scoring the soundtrack to a film about Greenland and spent a great deal of time researching the subject. Hours of documentaries, drone helicopter footage, NASA and satellite images, Instagram traveller accounts, 360° photos, web articles and maps were surveyed, to the point where this artist felt sufficiently immersed in this sub-zero but beautiful land. One such traveller/photographer who has physically witnessed the splendour of Greenland is Lennart Pagel, who kindly provided the cover image; the shot not only captures the essence of this country with its iced mountains, freezing lake and primary-coloured cabin but also there is a bold starkness which lends itself to this soundtrack.

Two releases in and whilst we’re no clearer as to who is behind this project, it is clear that Glåsbird is becoming synonymous with storytelling and specifically travel or migration, if you prefer.
The music itself adopts a Modern Classical approach with icy piano shards shimmering alongside glacial violin and cello drones as well as the occasional hint of grounding electric guitar. We’re told that the artist even recorded some sections of sounds to cassette before placing the tape in the freezer to give an added chill factor.

We’ve decided that such an impactful concept would suit a special ‘gatefold LP’ style packaging that we’ve run a couple of times as well as an increased run of 100 copies. Where will the Glåsbird land next?

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released February 9, 2019

Written and produced by Glåsbird
Mastered by James Edward Armstrong
Photography by Lennart Pagel
Packaging design by Harry Towell

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Whitelabrecs is an experimental record label established in 2016, specialising in highly limited runs of vinyl-effect CDrs and occasional digital-only editions. The discography focuses on contemporary Ambient music, including Drone, Modern Classical and Electro Acoustic. ... more

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