The debut album by Le Moors, my collaborative project with Jeff Stonehouse (Listening Mirror), is out now on Unknown Tone Records.
It’s a factory replicated CD, in an edition of 100, including three 4.75″ X 3.50″ double-sided prints featuring artwork by painter Jeff Hogue. A big thanks to both Jeffs and to Mark at Unknown Tone.
Mastered by Wil Bolton
Artwork by Jeff Hogue
Layout / Design by Mark Kuykendall
“We’ve been meaning to mention Wil Bolton for a while now, it’s been such an age since we last had cause to feature him, call it laziness or pressing concerns to do with time constraints, whatever the case or reason we do feel we’ve somewhat dropped the ball in recent years. So no excuse when this album preview appeared on our listings, a collaborative venture with Jeff Stonehouse as Le Moors. Appearing very shortly on the Oklahoma based unknown tone imprint, ‘tendrils’ is a masterclass in stilled elegance, its where poise, mood and atmosphere are all microscopically viewed in close proximity, for these finitely fragile ice carvings are deliberated in the kind of isolationist beauty that mere ambient descriptors appear to serve an injustice for here there’s almost a touching hymnal tranquillity that demurs with silently sombre reverential grace to which admirers of the Montgomery / Heaphy joint venture ‘true’ will find much to adore.” – The Sunday Experience
“Collaborating under the “Le Moors” moniker, Wil Bolton and Jeff Stonehouse (Listening Mirror, Snoqualmie Falls) released Tendrils earlier this year. The album consists of seven long, shambling ambient/drone pieces. Album opener “Where a River Sings” is particularly gorgeous, with atmospherics that slowly unfurl like early morning fog along the waterline. “Precarious Brilliance” is all Windy and Carl-ish guitar drones and shimmery synths while the following track, “Meadowsweet,” takes its predecessor’s drones and recasts them in darker, more nocturnal shades.
Tendrils ends on a foreboding note with its title track: sparse piano notes stand in stark, shivering contrast to a backdrop of ominous atmospherics. It’d be perfect soundtrack material for a horror movie sequence in which the protagonists wait in dread anticipation for the arrival of something sinister and alien.” – Opus