recurring dreams

by hapsburg braganza

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    deluxe debut album offering from one of the finest artists operating in the north east of england today. Pressed on two heavyweight 180gm slabs of vinyl and housed in a heavy, photographic style, folio jacket. Ltd to 250 copies

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Hapsburg Braganza is the moniker used for the eclectic output of Newcastle's Phil Begg. After two years living in Belgium where he regularly played improvised concerts around the country, he has been active in Newcastle since 2006, operating at the more serene end of the Newcastle underground spectrum. Much of his output to date has been long-form and abstract, including several releases and numerous live performances of electroacoustic composition/sound collage, ambient drone, field recordings and lower-case electronics. 'Recurring Dreams' takes a dramatically different form, covering a lot of ground over 4 sides of solo guitar lamentations, quietly heavy atmospheres and psychedelic excursions. Although the album marks new territory for him, it nonetheless echoes his earlier themes of spaciousness, melancholia and mental imagery/memory associations.

“The album is a blend of both studio recorded tracks and nocturnal living-room recordings; of rehearsed pieces, refined/semi improvisations and a few fully improvised moments. Since much of the album materialised in a dimly lit room while not far away from sleep, I played without any strong predefined ideas about what I was trying to create. I was surprised and delighted by the vivid involuntary memories of the past and specific visual/dream associations this music brought to mind. I'm far less interested in what music 'says' than I am in what it 'does', so this kind of psychoactive memory association is a holy grail for me. I don't see these pieces as having any fixed meaning that can translate universally, but perhaps my biggest aim is to create a music that is melancholy yet emotionally ambiguous, creating atmospheres that are susceptible to this type of response.”

Hapsburg Braganza sets up a simple electric guitar and devices then lets loose sepia-toned memory gongs in your tiny skull. For lovers of sun-dappled afternoons, daydreaming and other peoples photographs.


released May 1, 2012



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