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2018 Year In Review: Journeys in Post Rock, Experimental Folk & Acoustic (Best of List) - STATIONARY TRAVELS

Best of 2018 - (Harry Towell) IRREGULAR CRATES

THE YEAR'S BEST PACKAGING 2019 - "In the case of Meander Scar, the two four-part tracks are soft and endearing, “Upper Course” featuring Aaron Martin and “Lower Course” the work of Gavin Miller alone. Martin’s mournful additions transform solemnity into shimmering beauty. But one need not choose a winner; instead, one might choose the course that matches one’s mood. - (Richard Allen) A CLOSER LISTEN

"It's a lovely album to relax to, unobtrusive enough not to take centre stage, but full of enough melody and gripping sound design to keep from becoming audio wallpaper." - (Scott A Gray) EXCLAIM!

"(All tracks) take their time to unfold and create a beautiful, almost unreal atmosphere." - AMBIENT BLOG

"Sound that flows slowly and sinuously digging deep traces in the imagination of those who abandon themselves to their quiet flow." - SOWHAT

"Initially when listening to this album, I was occupied while it played, I felt that there were two distinct sides to it. One side was full of instrumentation and one was stripped back and minimal. This is still true to an extent, but the interesting thing is when you start comparing the two versions of each of the four pieces, you detect the subtle changes between the tracks and how the collaborations change the feel of the music and it opens up your particular appreciation for each piece." - DRIFTING, ALMOST FALLING

"This is quiet music, internal music, stately music. It refuses to be hurried. There’s something quite bold about presenting two versions of each piece on this album. It works because of the nature of the music. You drift in and out, only returning to the music periodically and when you do the familiarity is welcome. You don’t want this music to end." - (Bob Baker Fish) CYCLIC DEFROST

"Much of the album brings to mind the bleak-but-beautiful desert sounds of José González, the peacefully unstructured meanderings in musical thought of Brian Eno’s “Music for Airports,” and tip-of-the-tongue familiarity to the feeling of a well scored cinematic experience, perhaps set in the American West. The music of Meander Scars weaves these and other ineffable elements into an intelligent and supremely wonderful sound. Decisively, this release accomplishes something difficult to describe but easily considered amazing." - (Blake Parker) PIANO AND COFFEE

Meander scars are geological features formed by the remnants of winding or meandering water channels. They are caused by the varying velocities of current within the river channel. Due to higher velocity current on the outer banks of the river through the bend, more erosion occurs causing the characteristic steep outer slopes.

Lost Tribe Sound's second installment in its 8 album subscription series, 'We Stayed The Path That Fell To Shadow' comes courtesy of friend, musician and talented music writer, Gavin Miller. While his name may not be instantly recognizable to some, Gavin has been creating music for nearly a decade as one half of the sublime electronic ambient duo, Worriedaboutsatan, and has quite a few solo releases under his belt. In addition, Gavin has been a invaluable force in bringing many overlooked musical acts to the forefront through his brilliant writings for the UK publication, Drowned in Sound.

'Meander Scars', Gavin's new double album is very much a departure from his previous output. While the use of acoustics has always resided in the backdrop on many of his solo and group efforts, it's plain to hear that with 'Meander Scars' these natural elements have risen to the top. Lost Tribe Sound is the ideal home for a Gavin Miller this delicate and organic.

The aerial visuals formed by meander scarring and the origins of their creation, fit both the artwork and the vibe of music incredibly well. The long-form compositions were constructed from a series of slow churning rhythmic guitar loops, warm noise, soft synths and distant choirs which build over time into colliding patterns of pastoral bliss. Patient and mindful listening is key for these innocuous sounds to begin to carve their saturated pathways through the mind. Much like a river meandering over thousands of years, slowly dragging away the sediment and scaring the surrounding land, these pieces begin to take form, eroding away the malleable earth, letting gravity take hold to travel the course of least resistance.

It would be a mistake to call this album simple, or primal and leave it at that. Perhaps it's the opinion of someone who has not thoroughly let it absorb. The restraint used to give the listener just the right amount of interest and to keep the music's progression moving forward is perhaps Gavin's greatest accomplishment with 'Meander Scars.' Yet to be honest, upon first hearing 'Meander Scars,' we too were fooled into thinking this minimal approach required more clutter.

Being the ever curious and meddling types here at LTS, we engaged multi-instrumentalist and label mate Aaron Martin (From the Mouth of the Sun) to utilize his gorgeous cello sounds and other odd bits in his musical arsenal to fill out moments in the songs. Graciously, Aaron joined in, adding trembling washes of strings, chimes and other indiscernible noise to Gavin's compositions. Gavin than revisited his original material, carefully layering and balancing in the new instrumentation from Aaron.

Excited by the results, Gavin shared them with us, and it was undeniable that Aaron's arrangements had created deep new conduits for the ears to follow. Yet, it wasn't until this moment that we fully appreciated the beauty of the original works. Torn by which versions to present as the final album, we realized why not present them both.

Each version had a seemingly different affect on our conscious. The 'Upper Course' with Aaron Martin's additions, flows very much like a young river, faster, more active and commands the listener to be more attentive. Whereas, the original source material of 'Lower Course' mimics the behavior of an older river, slow flowing, in moments coming to a crawl. It's no longer the force able to move large boulders from its path. Yet in its stripped down form, it allows the listener to more easily traverse its tame currents, becoming the perfect cyclical backdrop needed for writing, drawing, and a multitude of other tasks requiring increased mental faculties.

The 'Meander Scars' double CD album arrives in our new A5 size hard cover book format. Each edition contains 8 full color pages. Each one comes hand-numbered, and highly limited to 100 editions for the world, with no repressings or second editions.


released November 16, 2018

Originally released on Lost Tribe Sound. See Catalog:

Music & Arrangements by Gavin Miller
Additional Instrumentation on 'Upper Course' by Aaron Martin
Mastered by James Plotkin
Layout & Design by Ryan Keane
© Gavin Miller / Lost Tribe Sound LLC
Published by Settled Scores LLC (ASCAP) 2018
All images were sourced from NASA.
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Gavin Miller Bradford, UK

Also operates as worriedaboutsatan, and runs This Is It Forever records.

Also sorts the music on the more recent Adam Curtis BBC things.

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