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by Monadh

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a-m-v The music is a beauty. The vinyl has many flaws.
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Dotflac In the distance of a pastel blue and white landscape, you see a gigantic convection current occuring.

But when you pay attention, water molecules are not really moving on a macroscopic scale, but just passing their momentum to their neighbours, in an ever-changing physical state.

Vaporous ambient pads, ebb of melodies and field recordings, goosebumping frosted textures : Muara is the aural vision of the triple point of H²O. And this is one way to escape, and then meet fulfilment and peace. Favorite track: Ammophila.
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Nocturne Ostinato I listen to Muara and traveled to a peaceful state of mind, to a relaxed and blissful trip full of beautiful sounds. Now it's time for you to give it a listen and support the talented Jake Muir. Favorite track: Ria.
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Ammophila 05:51
Calanque 07:24
Boira 05:57
Ria 05:06
llitera 04:09
Convection 07:48


Everyone's looking for inner peace of some kind—even warmongers. As most intelligent people know, music is one of the most effective ways to achieve that blessed, blissed state. The debut album by Seattle producer Monadh (Jake Muir) offers yet more crucial aid in the war on stress. Muara is an ambient album in the purest, chillest meaning of the term. Its seven tracks are awash in aquatic signifiers and textures; each one is a rejuvenating dip in healing, icy waters. (Muara is Javanese for “estuary.”) Which isn't to say that Muara should be filed in New Age sections of record shops (not that there's anything wrong with that). Rather, what the album most resembles is the ambient output of artists like Biosphere. Loscil, and The Sight Below—musicians who uncannily make you warm to cold tones.

“The way I make music is really stream of consciousness,” Muir says. “My friend calls it 'slow improv.' I happened to be watching a lot of older Japanese cinema, especially samurai stuff, from the '50s to the '70s while making the album.” Natural habitats also played a significant role, Muir notes. “My favorite music is informed by mood and place.”

This deep into the 21st century, it's not easy to create ambient music that sounds vital and untainted by hackneyed tropes. Monadh succeeds in this difficult task, through a combination of his field recordings from the Pacific Northwest and meticulously chosen samples mostly lifted and pitch-shifted from library records of a pastoral and romantic bent. He also cites Andrew Pekler's Sentimental Favourites and Biosphere's Shenzhou as inspirations. Right from the first track, “Ammophilia,” you can feel your tensions dissolve as Monadh coaxes a gentle whirlpool of dark-blue drones with an undertow of poignant melody swirled into the mix with utmost subtlety. “Calanque” seems to be emerging from a fathomless cave, like a palliative gas, a calming ether. It's the chillest of chillout cuts, inducing a peace beyond peace. And so it goes throughout Muara, with slight variations in intensities and moods, but overall maintaining a watery tonal float on which listeners can glide into mentally stimulating relaxation. By the time the final track “Convection” surfaces, you feel perfectly centered... for a change.


released September 9, 2016

Written & produced by Jake Muir
Mastered by Rashad Becker
Artwork by Chloe Harris


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