On the record
This is my first winter in a while. After living on the equator for so long, you forget what makes cold seasons so special: the light changes, the nights grow longer, things become still and then it starts snowing..
I hadn't seen snow in a while, either. Or leaves falling.
These are some of the landscapes that you will find here. Places play a major part in the way I see music, and this new EP is a collection of sketches about this new life in Toronto. For a big city, it sure is quiet and contemplative.
It really feels like home now.
This is a collection of songs recorded at home, at night, on the brink of winter. There's a railroad track right across the street.
I hadn't seen trains in a while, now that I think about it.
New beginnings. New horizons. New soundscapes.
I hope you will enjoy them. They are for you.
Amberhaze is Giuliano Gullotti’s long-standing solo project . Secretly aspiring to be a music conductor since the age of three and after years of playing in bands all over the world, the Italian multi-instrumentalist found himself in Singapore, and in 2006 decided to take on the Singapore scene under the moniker Amberhaze, home-recording and self-releasing his first collection of songs, the ‘newborn’ EP. ‘Then We Saw The Stars Again’, Amberhaze’s full-length debut, was released to critical acclaim in Singapore in September 2009 on Singapore independent label KittyWu Records.
Now based in Toronto, Canada, Amberhaze is still keeping true to its bedroom aesthetics, while expanding his soundscapes from Singapore to the relentless energy of the Canadian city.
Equal parts shoegaze, post-rock and electronica, Amberhaze blends warm textured layers with simple, candid melodies. Giuliano’s music is a sound in constant evolution, a process towards which he lets experimentation and trial-and-error lead the way. Amberhaze’s compositions have been described as “unfurling unexpected glimpses of beauty; relentlessly romantic, unashamedly harmonic and yet moody at the same time and conveying a plethora of different feelings.”
On the live performance spectrum of Amberhaze, the last three years saw warmly received performances at Singapore’s largest independent music festival Baybeats, commissioned works from Singapore’s art and cultural centre, Esplanade Theatres On The Bay, and several intimate shows around Singapore, including opening for American instrumental duo Lymbyc Systym and Japanese quartet LITE for their first ever Singapore show. Overseas performances include Kuala Lumpur (opening for Japanese jazz-tinged instrumental rockers ‘toe’ ) and the week long mini-festival A*Fest in Manila, Philippines.
2011 sees Amberhaze sinking new roots in Toronto, with his debut Canadian appearance at the prominent Canadian Music Festival 2011, and a new album in the works.
released January 11, 2011
Recorded at home, between Halloween and Christmas, 2010. Toronto, Canada
Written, arranged and performed by Giuliano Gullotti.
Art direction: Errol
Drawing for 'Igloos and Forts': Luca
This record would simply not exist without Joanne and my family and friends. Thank you for all the little things, always.
The music in this EP was meant to be enjoyed on headphones.
In order to preserve its full range of emotions and dynamics, the mastering on these recordings is intentionally lower than some other albums. For full enjoyment on speakers, just turn up the volume.
Thank you for listening.
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KittyWu Records // KWR010