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Overcast Sound - Beneath The Grain

"Beneath The Grain" is a limited CD-Audio digipak edition.

Tracklisting:

1. The Place We Left Off | 02:56 
2. A Game With Death | 08:02 
3. Devil's Mountain | 08:40 
4. Lackadaisical | 09:41 
5. Run | 08:10 
6. Templehof | 09:03 
7. Nitrate Base | 04:48 
8. Black Gates & Barbed Wire | 08:04 

Entropy Records E-Series presents EE.003: "OVERCAST SOUND - Beneath The Grain"

Beneath the Grain is the result of three months Canadian artists OVERCAST SOUND spent in Berlin last year. A deeply personal album, Beneath the Grain reflects the impact of the city's contextual significance, both historically and as the modern nexus of creativity.

Each track investigates a particular place or theme discovered during their residency, drawing from the textures and sounds unique to those experiences. The ethereal vocals in Devil's Mountain make reference to the crumbling Cold War listening station on the outskirts of the city, while Lackadaisical bubbles and meanders with the reflected sounds of inner city parks and neighborhoods.

Beneath the Grain marks the group's debut full-length album, showcasing OVERCAST SOUND's distinct cinematic style and delivering a compelling sonic diary of a city.

I am very pleased to welcome the Canadian duo to Entropy Records.

EE.003 is a limited CD-Audio Silver Digipak edition.

All tracks composed and mixed by Michael Pettit and Jamie Drouin.

EE-Series package concept by David Ya.
Artworks, booklet designed by OVERCAST SOUND & David Ya.
Photograph by Jamie Drouin.

Thank you for buying this album
and supporting independent labels and artists.

Made in Paris, France (c) + (p) 2011 by Entropy Records

All rights reserved.
Try before you buy but buy before we die...

For promotional materials, demos, booking, contact:
info@entropy-records.com


  • Physical Release date: 2011-02-21
  • Silver Digipack with clear sticker.
  • CD audio (CD is pressed, no CDr!)
  • 4pp booklet.
  • High-Quality PVC Digisleeve.
  • Digipak hand-numbered
  • Instant Download of "Beneath The EP" (3 tracks in your choice of MP3 or FLAC)

Audio-CD: 


 14,50 €
11,99 €
 


Availability:
Limited to 500 copies.

Also available here:

  • Digital version available in these formats:
    • : Files are encoded into 320kbps, CBR (Constant Bit Rate) quality.
    • : FLAC is a compact lossless format (equivalent to WAVE or CD qualiy 44.1Khz, 16bits Stereo).
  • You will choose your preferred format to download after the payment is completed.
  • SAME PRICE for any format!
  • Digital Release date: 2011-02-09

Full digital release:
 7,92 €
1. The Place We Left Off | 02:56 
 0.99€
2. A Game With Death | 08:02 
 0.99€
3. Devil's Mountain | 08:40 
 0.99€
4. Lackadaisical | 09:41 
 0.99€
5. Run | 08:10 
 0.99€
6. Templehof | 09:03 
 0.99€
7. Nitrate Base | 04:48 
 0.99€
8. Black Gates & Barbed Wire | 08:04 
 0.99€








Overcast Sound - Beneath The EP

"Beneath The EP" is a free digital bonus included for any people which will order the CD Album.

Tracklisting:

1. Tabuk | 09:49 
2. Entanglement | 07:18 
3. The Flood | 08:02 



  • Digital version available in these formats:
    • : Files are encoded into 320kbps, CBR (Constant Bit Rate) quality.
    • : FLAC is a compact lossless format (equivalent to WAVE or CD qualiy 44.1Khz, 16bits Stereo).
  • You will choose your preferred format to download after the payment is completed.
  • SAME PRICE for any format!
  • Digital Release date: 2011-01-25

Full digital release:
2.97 €
 2,90 €
1. Tabuk | 09:49 
 0.99€
2. Entanglement | 07:18 
 0.99€
3. The Flood | 08:02 
 0.99€



2011-03-26 | Cyclic Defrost review by Chris Downton

Overcast Sound – Beneath The Grain (Entropy)

By Chris Downton March 26, 2011

Overcast Sound

Canadian dark atmospheric techno duo Overcast Sound (real names Michael Pettit and Jamie Drouin) have spent the last couple of years releasing a steady output of download-only Eps on netlabels including Slient Season and Basic_sound, and this debut album on French label Entropy ‘Beneath The Grain’ offers up their first longplayer and physical CD release. Inspired by the three months the duo spent last year living in Berlin, the eight tracks collected here carry the tangible influences of the likes of Perlon, Basic Channel and Force Inc., with the emphasis falling upon deeply textured minimal techno excursions that frequently stray past the eight minute mark. While there’s certainly a sense of overarching darkness permeating throughout this collection, it’s beautifully matched with lulling, hypnotic rhythms and trailing ambience, resulting in a distinctly headphone-oriented listen that conjures up images of driving through the abandoned German capital at night more vividly than anything else.

After ‘The Place We Left Off’ opens this collection with an eerie segue section that sees glacial ambient drones billowing over crackling glitchy textures and the steady sound of dripping water, ‘Lackadaisical’ sees the pulsing post-minimal techno pulse that powers beneath much of this album locking directly into place, its streamlined rhythms transporting the listener off through nine minutes of lulling yet menacing dub-techno as jagged melodic elements roll between the speakers amidst a spidery backdrop of clicking sharp-focus snares, distant traces of what sounds like sampled children adding a faintly unsettling undertone to proceedings. The aptly titled ‘Devil’s Mountain’ meanwhile sees things venturing further towards Monolake-esque territory, as tentative rhythmic patterns slowly flicker to life beneath a looming thundercloud sky of digitally sculpted bass pads and echoing, dubbed-out metallic tones, before ‘Run’ ushers forth what’s easily one of this album’s most extrovert wanders towards the dancefloor as relentlessly gliding kickdrums power their beneath a veritable forest of refracted-sounding cyborg electronics and gritty percussion flourishes. An impressive physical debut from Overcast Sound that’s likely to go down with those who like their techno deep, subtle and beautifully textured – but move fast, as ‘Beneath The Grain’ is limited to a run of just 500 silver-bound CDs.

Chris Downton


2012-06-09 | review by Have Faith In Sound


Overcast Sound-Beneath the grain LP/ remixes EP (EE003-Entropy Records E-Series/ FALK005.5-Falk Recordings) 2011

J'ai hésité pendant des heures à vous parler soit du duo Overcast Sound, soit de m'orienter vers Universal Indicator, formé par Richard David James & Michael Christopher Cullen, alias Aphex Twin et Mike Dred...
Finalement, après m'être arrêté sur Ekca Liena il y a peu, je me dis que la transition drone/acid techno va sûrement manquer de subtilité, pour taper dans l'euphémisme... Mais ne vous inquiétez pas, ça viendra!

Pour cette 32eme chronique donc, nous allons nous attarder sur le binome canadien Overcast Sound constitué de Jamie Drouin et Michael Pettit. Après quelques EPs signés courant 2000, le duo s'adonne à l'exercice difficile qu'est le 1er album. Par ailleurs, celui-ci vient compléter (sur le label Entropy Records) la E-Serie introduite auparavant par le français Zzzzra et Liquid Level.

The place we left off ouvre le bal sur un tapis de field recording pluvieux accompagné de nappes polaires qui nous immerge d'emblée dans la noirceur dont on avait déja deviné l'étendue en jettant un coup d'oeil à la pochette.
S'en suit alors A game with death, croisement entre techno anxiogène et ambient obscure. La basse est pénétrante, l'atmosphère est pesante, se voit d'autant plus marquée par la présence de samples vocaux on ne peut plus destabilisants. Les pistes suivantes continuent plus ou moins dans cette lignée, avec une noirceur plus atténuée, mais une neutralité parfois un peu regrettable (Lackadaisical par exemple).

Malgré ces petites longueurs, le disque se laisse écouter aisément. Le plus minimaliste mais non moins immersif Templehof et son sub élégant nous dévoile une certaine sérenité, on remarque alors que le climat s'allège, pour mieux nous happer dans l'atmosphère troublante de Nitrate Base et nous finir sur l'ultime morceau au beat plus destructuré.

Au final c'est un album réussi, pas en toute part certes, mais dont certains titres sont vraiment efficaces. L'album a fait l'objet d'un EP de remixes en libre téléchargement ici , qui apporte un nouveau souffle aux pistes. Le remix de Lokua se réapproprie l'ambiance malsaine de Nitrate Base et la détourne pour nous proposer au final un titre plus techno et peut-être même encore plus étrange...
La réelle surprise vient d'un certain Sinnustov (dont je n'ai rien trouvé) qui joue au rubix cube en reconduisant totalement Templehof en un remix IDM/ambient progressif tout simplement magnifique.

Have Faith!


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