Pauline Anna Storm - Angel Tears In Sunlight [Yellow Marble]
Release date: 26th February 2021
Formats: LPC2 Yellow Marble
Catalogue Number: RVNGNL69LPC2
Barcode: LPC2: 0747742383786
Genre: Electronic, Ambient
LP FORMAT DETAILS: (colour yellow/red RVNGNL69C2, download card)
Angel Tears in Sunlight is Pauline Anna Strom’s first album in over thirty years; an assemblage of music that refracts the expansiveness, and minutiae, of imagined realms while embracing the kaleidoscopic echoes of our distant epochs. The capacity to collapse time might elucidate the enigma of Pauline Anna Strom. A mystic force in music, emerging during the dawn of new age as the Trans-Millenia Consort, the pioneering synthesist channelled primordial energies into future-facing sound through a series of full-length releases between 1982 and 1988.
Little was known about her, except by a constellation of devoted followers who saw a unique legacy forming amidst the (mostly male) synthesist canon of the time. Following the 2017 release of Trans-Millenia Music, an anthology revitalizing the most evocative parts of Strom’s catalog, the Bay Area visionary sensed the universe telling her to return to music. As with her work in the 80s, Angel Tears in Sunlight was composed and recorded in the same San Francisco apartment where Strom has lived for almost four decades in synthesis with her machines and “dinosaurs.” Populated by a compact array of modern instruments that streamline the sound of her analog past and her beloved iguanas, Little Soulstice and Ms Huff, the terrarium of her home forms an intimate yet limitless ecosystem that defies the constraints of the outside world. Within this sanctuary, Strom becomes lost in time, drawing on the ancient energies of her inner visions. Her hardware forms the crux of translating these ideas into sound. “It’s the only way this stuff can be pulled out of myself, the universe, Little Soulstice, an ammonite…,” Strom notes. “It couldn’t be done without this machinery, because there’s no other way to draw and capture these frequencies into sonic interpretation.” Strom’s process of recording transient live-takes enriches the mystery of her work. She renders the machinery a composer itself, a cohabitation with a living other. “Many musicians wouldn’t go that far because of ego,” Strom muses. “The equipment has to become part of you and your creativity.
That’s how I think it all comes together.” Music-making becomes a harmonic language of intuition with an instrument, where Strom cultivates sound for a harvest that defies season. Shaped by circadian contours, Angel Tears in Sunlight is a celestial observatory of earthborn phonic mosaics. Strom uncovers a symbiosis between hardware frequencies and apparitions of nature in the record’s arena of organic tones, emulating the melodic pulses of primeval terrain. The album transcends both shadow and light, falling to hushed stretches of sound as if not to awaken antediluvian animals, before soaring through the treetops where ancient skies peer over reptilian traffic and unsparing rains. Where Angel Tears in Sunlight opens a new passage in the transportive power of Strom’s work, the synthesist also nurtures space for restorative listening. During her absence from composing, Strom turned to a practice of spiritual healing, which she recognizes to have deepened her understanding of music as “the connective link between the source and us.” Dedicating the album to her dear friend John Jennings who passed away during the making of Angel Tears in Sunlight, Strom titled the work to reflect the summation of processing life and loss, collapsed together in an eternal spectrum. “Sunlight represents what we’re coming into.
You bring the sadness with you, but you’re also prepared for the blessing of the new.” Pauline Anna Strom’s Angel Tears in Sunlight will be released on February 29, 2021 in LP, CD, and digital editions. A portion of the proceeds from this release will benefit The International Iguana Foundation, a non-profit organization supporting conservation, awareness, and scientific programs that enhance the survival of wild iguanas and their habitats. Artist Highlights
• Pauline Anna Strom is an American electronic music composer residing in San Francisco, where she’s lived for almost five decades • Strom pioneered an evocative form of “inner space music” across seven albums issued in minimal editions between 1982 and 1988. Strom’s records fetch high prices in collector circles and have only been illicitly reissued until RVNG Intl’s 2017 collection Trans-Millenia Music, 80 minutes of Strom’s most soaring and extrasensory pieces sequenced into an expansive and immersive odyssey.
• Strom’s first forays into recording began after she purchased a Tascam 4-track recorder, the tool she used to record her first album, Trans-Millenia Consort, and which inspired her alternate identity as the Trans Millenia Consort: Trans (crossing) Millenia (time) Consort (companion).
• Strom formed a private artist imprint, TransMillenia Consort Recordings, to issue her second album, Plot Zero, largely due to her disdain for the music industry.
• After a multi-decade hiatus from recording music, Pauline Anna Strom will release her first newly recorded music in over 30 years. Angel Tears in Sunlight is an album of all new music recorded by Pauline at her home in the Bay Area in 2019, and finalized earlier in 2020.
• Angel Tears in Sunlight will be released via RVNG Intl. on February 19, 2021
A1. Tropical Convergence
A2. Marking Time
A3. I Still Hope
A4. Temple Gardens at Midnight
A5. The Pulsation
B1. The Eighteen Beautiful Memories
B2. Equatorial Sunrise
B3. Small Reptiles on the Forest Floor
B4. Tropical Rainforest