KEIRON PHELAN & DAVID SHEPPARD - O Little Stars
Catalogue No.: RGIRL37
Release Date: 10 Sep 2021
Genre: Ambient / Electronica
Classic ambient album now available at a bargain price.
Known for their critically acclaimed instrumental group State River Widening Messrs Phelan & Sheppard are involved in numerous musical projects but this guise is undoubtedly our favourite. These recordings were drawn from a loose body of work recorded at intervals between 1996 and 2001.
Like the fluid, melodic phrases of, say, Susumu Yokota (who remixed one of David Sheppard's other projects, Ellis Island Sound), their first full-length release, O Little Stars, reflects intimate moods and scenes that flow together with a dreamy, early-dawn sunrise feel.
Eleven of the tracks on O, Little Stars were previously released on two limited edition vinyl EPs: Keiron Phelan/David Sheppard 1 & 2 (Rocket Girl). The final two songs were exclusive to this release.
Sounds are sourced from analogue instruments such as electric piano, Hammond organ, flute and zither, the resonance of these instruments left untouched by any digital processing, allowing the music to breathe. Inspired by pre-digital electro/acoustic artists such as Cluster, Harmonia and Brian Eno, the minimalist Steve Reich even makes a personal appearance during 'Metropolitan Horse', his spoken words drawn from an interview Sheppard conducted with him in a Bonn hotel in 1996.
"You might consider this the 'id' to the 'ego' of our other projects," Kieron and David muse loftily, as is their occasional wont. We say: it's gold-spun gossamer sounds for people who actually like music. You know who you are.
Tracklist: 1) Azizintla Fireflies 2) Radioflute 3) Sleep 4) Snowfall Over 5) O, Little Stars 1 6) Par Avion 7) Zurich Sunday 8) Grasslands 9) How Many Hands 10) O, Little Stars 2 11) Matute, Nebraska 12) Metropolitan Horse