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The Universe Remembers

by Sebastian Reynolds

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Amoniker 03:16
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Everest 05:06
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The Universe Remembers, the forthcoming EP by Oxford-based keyboard player/pianist and producer Sebastian Reynolds. Four pieces that traverse new classical composition, retro futurist production, sampling dystopian literature and Buddhist Eschatology.

Following his formative years leading cult musical ensembles Keyboard Choir and Braindead Collective, Sebastian has more latterly made a name for himself with the modern classical trio Solo Collective, in which he performs with German chamber musicians Alex Stolze and Anne Müller (Erased Tapes) and the Thai/Anglo dance and music show Mahajanaka Dance Drama that he scored and produced.

The Universe Remembers is a distillation of these various musical inclinations, from the distorted crescendos of tracks such as the elegiac, otherworldly Everest, to the deft use of clarinet on the title track and the swooning saxophone melodies of You Are Forgotten evoking the retro futurism of the Bladerunner score and nodding to the post-jazz interests. The vocal samples on the title track of T.S. Elliot’s epic poem The Waste Land represent Sebastian’s ongoing interest in dystopian contemporary literature, as previously heard on the Catch 22 based piece Ripeness Is All (featured on Solo Collective Part 2). EP opener Amoniker calls to mind Boards of Canada’s use of tape-warped samples and stuttering rhythms.
The Universe Remembers is Sebastian’s first solo release aside from the releases from the Mahajanaka Dance Drama score, and it certainly serves as a further glimpse into the inner workings of one of the UK’s most prolific, wide ranging and unpredictable music creators.

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released May 22, 2020

All tracks played and produced by Sebastian Reynolds, mixed by Sebastian Reynolds with Mike Bannard at The Aviary, Oxford.

The Universe Remembers track features guest producer Capitol K, You Are Forgotten features guest producer Dreamtrak.

Clarinet on The Universe Remembers by Rachel Coombes. Guitars on Everest by James Maund and Andrew Warne, bass on Everest by Phil Hanaway-Oakley, drums/some electronics on Everest by Greig Stewart. Saxophone on You Are Forgotten by Adam Davy. Amoniker features samples from the track Find A Way by Nicholas Massey. You Are Forgotten is based around samples from You Are Forgotten by Desmond Chancer & The Long Memories, composed and performed by Tom McDonnell and Oliver Shaw.

Mastered by Andreas [LUPO] Lubich at Loop-O

Artwork by Simon Minter at Nineteenpoint, logo designed by Ryan Howe

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I'm a music producer, composer and sound artist, supported by the likes of PRS and British Council / Arts Council's Artists' International Development Fund.

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