ORCHID [eM Compilation 2015]

by Various Artists

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I've been privileged over the last 19 months since relaunching earthMANTRA to have worked with some incredibly talented artists on 10 broad-ranging releases. I've been doubly-blessed to have mirrored that work on rM, where for the last 5.5 years I've been able to help release some of what I believe to be the best ambient and electronic music being made anywhere.

What better way to celebrate those co-mingled blessings than by bringing artists from both sister labels together to deliver a massive and beautiful year-end eM compilation?

"ORCHID" is the result of 5 months work by some of the most dedicated and talented people I've had the good fortune to know. From the first notes of Steve Brand's wonderful "Near Silence", you know you're in for something special on this release. The breadth of composition and style here - from the sweeping pads of Altus' "Phantasm" to the haunting piano of Robert Scott Thompson's "Song of the Standing Stone" - is simply breathtaking. There is no avenue of ambient left unexplored in the more than 100 minutes of this compilation. Minimalist, electro, space, melodic and dark ambient - each finds a place on "ORCHID".

The title for the release is born from this diversity of styles - orchidaceae is a massive and incredibly diverse family of flowers, each with it's own ineffable beauty. The parallel between this beautiful family of flora and the music on this release was all too easy to draw.

My deepest thanks to all of the amazing artists who gave their time and talent to bring this release to life. Special thanks to peter james, for not only his brilliant contribution but for his impeccable mastering and to Steve Brand, whose beautiful track is only equaled by the stunning visuals he created for the release.

As with all eM releases, "ORCHID" is free for download. Should you wish to pay for the album, you are free (and, if I may say, encouraged) to do so. All proceeds from sales of "ORCHID" will go directly into the maintenance and upkeep of the earthMANTRA label.

Please enjoy.

Geoff - eM

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released December 18, 2015

eM2011 2015 earthMANTRA
All artists appear courtesy of themselves and their selfless contributions to the genre.

Mastering by peter james.
Design by Steve Brand

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earthMANTRA (eM) is a privately owned and operated ambient music label that exists for the sole purpose bringing high-quality ambient music to fans of the genre in a "Pay What You Want" environment.

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