From time to time we make our releases available for free on bandcamp. And this week we’re doing it again. It is a great opportunity for you to download our releases for free in loseless formats. So don’t miss you chance, head to http://coldtearrecords.bandcamp.com/ and feel free to download our whole catalogue. Free downloads will be disabled next wednesday on March 12. Or earlier if you use up all the download credits that we have.
“The album begins with a spine tingling folky and atmospheric track entitled ‘Aisling’ which incorporates tender childlike lyrics over a melange of deep echoing space chords and tension building atmospherics. It’s actually quite difficult to discern the true source of the vocals, with a possibility that they could have come directly from a Baltic sea goddess who seemingly flirts in and out of tracks throughout the LP. The track builds into an epic eight minute sea of warmth that takes you comfortably into the second track of the album which is more catchy and has delectable tangs of Bjork-esque pop fizzled with delicately crafted dub outs.”
Read the full review on Cassini blog: http://cassinihq.com/2014/03/03/medziu-aidai-vejopatis/
Optical Frameworks is one of the most secretive and talented artists on our label. He likes to walk in various places recording sounds. He makes his own microphones so he could record sound under water or under ground. He puts all these sounds on a magnetic tape with his old reel-to-reel tape recorders. And here is another one of his experiments.
Release page: http://coldtear.com/optical-frameworks-vibrant/
Optical Frameworks is one of the most secretive and talented artists on our label. He likes to walk in various places recording sounds. He makes his own microphones so he could record sound under water or under ground. He puts all these sounds on magnetic tape with his old reel-to-reel tape recorders. Another one of his experiments will be released this monday. And here’s one composition from it.
Just a few days ago, our artist Vejopatis released a new album called “Medziu Aidai“, which translates as “Echoes of the Trees”. His first album “Taskas” was great, and the new one is definitely a step forward. I decided that we must make an interview with him, to find out, why his music is so mysterious, mystical and deep. I believe, that if you’ve listened to Vejopatis music before, you’ll enjoy this interview. And if you haven’t heard his music, you’ll be interested to hear it after you read this interview. (The interview was translated from lithuanian)
Good evening! How are you feeling having just released your new album?
Good evening! I’m feeling good. Really happy to see positive feedback. However, i wouldn’t mind some more detailed reviews, with some criticism, not just short comments.
But that is a good sign i think. Do you think that criticism may help to improve your music?
Constructive criticism always helps. It is easier to notice what my sound may lack for another person, rather than myself.
I’ve read interviews with other artists, where they say that they don’t want their music to be perfect. They leave mistakes and other imperfections, that way their music is more “human”. On the other hand, i’ve read in one Yagya interview, that he’s quite a perfectionist. What do you think, what kind of an artist are you?
I think i’m somewhere between perfectionism and a spontanious hurry when i’m inspired. In my experience, my best creations are those that i’ve spent the least time on, and those that i work on the most and tweak a lot end up being mediocre. I’d agree that leaving some “mistakes” or not striving for perfection makes music more alive or “human”.
Alright. Tell me, why did you pick “Medziu Aidai” (Echoes of Trees) as a name for your new album?
I wanted it to be lithuanian, and i looked for two words that don’t create any sense together. I wanted it to have some mysticism that our nature is full of. That name came up in my mind when i was reading lithuanian myths.
Here we come to ethnic culture. I know that your moniker Vejopatis is related to that. Isn’t it?
Of course. I decided to put lithuanian names on everything. Because this language has a certain way it sounds, thus giving this charm to everything. From that comes Vejopatis. I’ve been looking for something lithuanian and not that strictly defined for a long time, like wind and waves.
Can you explain what does a word Vejopatis mean in more detail?
Vejopatis is a god of waves and winds. He is portrayed as someone who has three faces, and angel wings. He is carrying a cock on his shoulder. He is holding a fish in one hand, because he is closely related to seas and fishing. In the other hand he has a barrel of beer. In the ancient times, beer was a common sacrifice for gods.
That is very interesting. So i wouldn’t be wrong, if i said that the ancient baltic culture is a big inspiration for you? We can hear a lot of samples of ethnic songs in your tracks.
Yes, ethnic culture became a fundamental thing in my music. When i started to experiment with ethnic songs i found my style and my path in music. The ancient baltic culture is very mysterious and diverse. That’s why i’m often looking for inspiration from those ancient myths and hymns.
I know that you are a spiritual person. Is there any space for the old baltic faith in your spiritual life? Or perhaps those are totaly separate things for you?
I am catholic, i’m looking at the baltic faith as a phenomena, and it’s fascinating to me. I’d say that in Lithuania, catholicism and ethnic culture have become very related to each other.
How much do you think your faith and spiritual life have shaped your music?
A lot. Because through music i can express my feelings and internal spiritual experiences. I don’t speak about these things in words, but i speak about these things through music.
What are other things in your life that you think do shape your music as well?
No doubt a big influence is other artists. First of all, thanks to my friends, it was a huge thing for me to discover music by Yagya. And then, totally by accident i discovered Giriu Dvasios. Those guys opened my mind to a new direction in my music.
How did you get into music at all?
I started to play clarinet when i was in a 4th grade. At that time i was introduced to ethnic music, as i got involved with various music collectives. But i started to make music on my own approximately in 9th grade. I remember that one of my classmates showed me FL Studio and Reason (music production software). We both started making sounds and we are still doing it to this day. But eventually our musical paths separated.
Let’s get back at your new album. “Medziu Aidai” is different than your previous album “Taskas”. How would you describe this difference? I mean, it obviously sounds different, but maybe there is a deeper difference, which some of the listeners may not notice, perhaps this album is based on a different kind of experience, or something. What would you say about that?
Well “Taskas” sound is colder, cooler, and it reflected concrete jungle of the city. “Medziu Aidai” has a broader variety of moods, and it reflects what is human in nature. It is an album about a human in nature, what he or she can see, hear, or can’t see or hear too.
What do you think a human cannot see in nature?
To answer this question i would give a buddhist monk as an example. He is walking down the street, ringing a bell on every one of his slow and small steps. But people don’t notice him, while he on the other hand, can hear everything. I’d say, everyone who stops and listens carefuly can hear something new. To make a long story short, i’d say that a human often looks at nature without questioning anything about it. But he doesn’t realise that this is when he doesn’t know nature anymore.
I think this is perfect to end our interview. Thanks for your time!
If you haven’t already done so, check out the new Vejopatis album here: http://coldtear.com/vejopatis-medziu-aidai/
Follow Vejopatis on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Vejopatis?fref=ts
A new album by Vejopatis is now out. It is called “Medziu Aidai”, which in english translates as “Echoes of Trees”. In this album you won’t find any standart dub techno as we are used to hear. “Medziu Aidai” is totaly out of box, however every dub fan will enjoy it, as dub influence is still there. Check it out: http://coldtear.com/vejopatis-medziu-aidai/
In January 20, we will put out a new album by Vejopatis called “Medziu Aidai” (Echoes of Trees in english). It will also have remixes by Zzzzra, Vytis and Giriu Dvasios. Will be a great release! Stay tuned You can check one track from the album below:
A polish blog Tobiesobiemiastu asked Giriu Dvasios if he’d do an interview and a podcast for them. He agreed, so here we have something interesting to read and listen. A podcast is put together with tracks mostly released on our label. Enjoy!
Interview in polish: http://tobiesobiemiastu.wordpress.com/2014/01/07/wywiad-giriu-dvasios-2014/
Interview in english: http://giriudvasios.com/2014/01/09/an-interview-and-a-podcast-for-tobiesobiemiastu-blog/
Just like last year, i am going to review this year in Cold Tear Records, and pick the best moments. Let’s do it.
1) Giriu Dvasios was invited to play as an additional act to Driezhas’s album “Gonija” release parties in two cities of Lithuania, Kaunas and Vilnius. The main act by Driezhas was being filmed, and Giriu Dvasios got lucky to have some of his own show captured in a 24 minute professional video clip. Check it out:
2) Giriu Dvasios track “Zemaicio Zodis” from his album “Esu” was picked up by Steve Bug him self, to be used on his beatport chart. Giriu Dvasios track appeared among other tracks from labels like Soma, Poker Flat Recordings etc. Check it out: http://www.beatport.com/charts/steve-bugs-versatile-b-funk-chart/145021
3) Our artist Brickman did a live performance via mixlr and an interview for an organisation called Radiant Child’s. You can check out an interview on the following page: http://www.radiantchilds.com/itw/interview-elizar-brickman/. And listen to his live performance below:
4) A dub and deep techno label Deeptakt released a podcast dedicated to Cold Tear Records, which was put together by ColtEP. Big thank you to them, that is an honor for us
5) Before all of that, Giriu Dvasios also did an interview and a live show for Radiant Child’s. Check out the interview on their website: http://www.radiantchilds.com/itw/giriudvasios/. And listen to the show below (dj mix):
6) Mikrokristal track featured on “Campfire Stories” mix by Silent Season. It was “Dark Introduction Ends” from the album “Hidden Way Between Some Rains“.Silent Season is like a role model for me, so it was an honor. And a fantastic mix as well, check it out:
7) Deepsound FM invited Vytis to be a guest on their show, and play some tunes. The show was recorded, you can listen to it below:
8) Another podcast dedicated to Cold Tear Records. This time we say big thanks to Spiel:feld and a dub techno artist Narcotic 303.
That’s all, unless i remember something else. Besides all of the above, i think the most key moments are every release that we put out. Huge thanks to our artists, without them we are nothing. And even bigger thanks to all of our supporters that enable us to survive and keep working.
We wish you a great new year in 2014!