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sfp16 id Submerged “The Answer”

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id Submerged debuts on Soft Phase with an entrancing ambient journey. The Answer
presents a series of half-remembered moments, the night’s fitful dreams balanced by the new
day’s order and peace.

id Submerged loops and blends gentle rasping beats, slow-morphing chorus, bent pitches,
sonorous drones and muted snippets of conversation. Sinewaves pulse and warp into infinity
as bright pinpricks of percussion cast dappled shadows against the morning calm. Synths call
and answer across widely spaced puddles of color, glitch-beat waterdrops reflecting the clouds
drifting across the skies.

The Answer is slow, comfortable, glowing. Like wrapping up in a blanket with a mug of hot tea,
listening to the rain beat against the window, as half-remembered scenes play against the mind’s
eye. Other times, other places, other people. Quiet melodies and chilly backgrounds melt into a
warm, drowsy syrup oozing across the senses; heavy, soothing, familiar.” — Joshua Saddler
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download the invidual tracks (high quality MP3):
01 ” Fjernsynet” [download] [mirror] [archive.org]
02 “The Confused Frog” [download] [mirror] [archive.org]
03 “Moni” [download] [mirror] [archive.org]
04 “Twelve” [download] [mirror] [archive.org]
05 “Feber” [download] [mirror] [archive.org]
06 “The Answer” [download] [mirror] [archive.org]

Download the complete release in MP3 format, 71 MB zip file from:
[main site] [mirror] [archive.org]

Download the complete release in FLAC format, 120 MB zip file from:
[main site] [mirror] [archive.org]

Licensed under the Creative Commons 3.0 non-commercial license.

sfp15 Weldroid “Splines”

cover artwork by Kriszta Mátrai.

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“Hungarian musician Weldroid, known for his bionic, bitcrushing releases on Kahvi,
debuts on Soft Phase with a new EP. “Splines” is the tale of a mechanical man
in search of his maker.

While Weldroid retains his signature robotic elements — pounding electronic beats,
glittering circuitry, bone-deep bass, growling horn voices backed by minor ambient
drones — there’s a warmer, human side to this album. An underlying natural pulse,
the heartbeat of a world in need of saving. The power of hope and steadfast
resolve. A lonely android wandering through vast, forgotten caverns, through
luminescent pools of coolant, assaulted by chaotic code fragments, blasted by
crystal-edged melodies and chilled, stuttering data streams.

Weldroid takes us on a journey through static-filled wastelands, tracking the
stumbling footsteps of the mechanical man as he braves windblown grit and
harsh sine waves. Glitched rhythms and plastic melodies are his only
companions. A burnished bronze city gleams in the distance, at its rusted
heart is the promise of restoration. The ancient machinery of “Splines” still
throbs and sizzles with purpose, yearning to be awakened.” — Joshua Saddler

Additional credits:
Track 5 “Csillagok”: includes a motif from a traditional Hungarian folk song.
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download the invidual tracks (high quality MP3):
01 “Resurrect” [download] [mirror] [archive.org]
02 “Nectarine” [download] [mirror] [archive.org]
03 “Willow Branches” [download] [mirror] [archive.org]
04 “Under The Right Star” [download] [mirror] [archive.org]
05 “Csillagok” [download] [mirror] [archive.org]

Download the complete release in MP3 format, 70 MB zip file from:
[main site] [mirror] [archive.org]

Download the complete release in FLAC format, 167 MB zip file from:
[main site] [mirror] [archive.org]

Licensed under the Creative Commons 3.0 non-commercial license.

sfp14 Coax “From The Endless Auburn”

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“Norwegian artist Coax, who has previously released on the Kahvi and Monotonik
netlabels, returns with his second album on Soft Phase. “From The Endless Auburn”
is a thrilling, evocative, emotional journey. Coax has crafted a cinematic masterpiece,
blending a full orchestra, delicate piano, and tumbling synths to light up the mind’s
eye. His music has a raw, poignant beauty that sinks down into the heart.

Majestic strings, dark thundering brass, and bombastic percussion swell into dazzling
vistas full of fiery arcs as planet and sun collide. Yet Coax shows us another side of
the world: contemplative, enchanting, intertwined piano melodies, shimmering harps,
ethereal choirs, and sparkling bits of diamond dust scattered through the cosmos.
It’s rich, moving audio imagery: quiet lost forests, the grand tumult of pitched
battle, and autumn sunsets blending with swirling nebulae.” — Joshua Saddler

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download the invidual tracks (high quality MP3):
01 “The Long Path” [download] [mirror] [archive.org]
02 “Starfire” [download] [mirror] [archive.org]
03 “Oak Sestina 1” [download] [mirror] [archive.org]
04 “Volition And Sorrow” [download] [mirror] [archive.org]
05 “Roads And Corners” [download] [mirror] [archive.org]
06 “Darkman Fights” [download] [mirror] [archive.org]
07 “Oak Sestina 2” [download] [mirror] [archive.org]
08 “Elements Of A Plan” [download] [mirror] [archive.org]
09 “Treasure Hunt” [download] [mirror] [archive.org]
10 “Oak Sestina 3” [download] [mirror] [archive.org]
11 “Space Lounge” [download] [mirror] [archive.org]
12 “The End” [download] [mirror] [archive.org]

Download the complete release in MP3 format, 80 MB zip file from:
[main site] [mirror] [archive.org]

Download the complete release in FLAC format, 185 MB zip file from:
[main site] [mirror] [archive.org]

Licensed under the Creative Commons 3.0 non-commercial license.

sfp13 Planet Boelex “Raja”

cover artwork by Matt Whyman

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“Many musicians defy musical convention. Very few can transport the listener
beyond established boundaries without leaving them feeling lost. For six years,
Planet Boelex has been creating music that is quite simply out of this world.
So, it’s playfully fitting that ‘Raja’, this much anticipated EP from the Finnish
musician, is a title that translates as ‘boundary’ or ‘limits’. Over five elegant,
entrancing tracks, ‘Raja’ has the capacity to transport you high above the clouds
and hundreds of leagues below the surface of the ocean. It redefines melody,
and somehow teases sublime sonic compositions from static. This is organic
electronica, underpinned by glitched beats that could come from chattering
computers abandoned on a scrapheap. Planet Boelex spins on a slower axis
this time around. The results, at times majestic and reflective, mournful and
uplifting, bring lasting rewards to listeners old and new.” — Matt Whyman

additional credits:
track 2 “Not From Here”: collaboration with Lisa’s antenna
track 3 “Suddenly”: collaboration with Mikael Fyrek
track 5 “Sailor’s Dilemma”: acoustic guitar & additional loops by Mosaik

cover artwork and release notes by Matt Whyman
logo design by Stewart Fritz
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download the invidual tracks (high quality MP3):
01 “Soft Shapes” [download] [mirror] [archive.org]
02 “Not From Here” (with Lisa’s antenna) [download] [mirror] [archive.org]
03 “Suddenly” (with Mikael Fyrek) [download] [mirror] [archive.org]
04 “New Beginning” [download] [mirror] [archive.org]
05 “Sailor’s dilemma” [download] [mirror] [archive.org]

Download the complete release in MP3 format, 67 MB zip file from:
[main site] [mirror] [archive.org]

Download the complete release in FLAC format, 143 MB zip file from:
[main site] [mirror] [archive.org]

Licensed under the Creative Commons 3.0 non-commercial license.

sfp12 NCThompson “Another Quiet Winter”

cover artwork by NCThompson

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Introducing and welcoming a new discovery, meet artist called NCThompson. We are
pleased to announce the debut release from this american musician, who’s provided
us with six wonderfully melodic little pieces that connect together as “Another Quiet
Winter” EP. While the winter is still cold, one could absorb tiny bits of warmth through
these dreamy, slightly melancholic tunes with plenty of beautiful piano lines, along with
strings and downtempo rhythm. The day seems a bit lighter, we’re left hoping we could
let you hear more works from this promising new talent in the future on Soft Phase.
Few thoughts from the artist himself:

“I think the title of this release almost says it all. These songs just seem connected by
the loneliness of looking up and seeing nothing but a cold gray sky; when all that’s left
is a longing feeling for times once passed. And as depressing as that may sound, I think
there’s something to be said for the kind of emotions that such longing can inspire.”

Additional credits: mastering by Christopher Leary at Melograf Mastering
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download the invidual tracks (high quality MP3):
01 “Another Quiet Winter” [download] [mirror] [archive.org]
02 “For A Million” [download] [mirror] [archive.org]
03 “A Silent Goodbye” [download] [mirror] [archive.org]
04 “Nakukosa” [download] [mirror] [archive.org]
05 “Over The Horizon Pt. 1” [download] [mirror] [archive.org]
06 “Saying Goodnight” [download] [mirror] [archive.org]

Download the complete release in MP3 format, 49 MB zip file from:
[main site] [mirror] [archive.org]

Download the complete release in FLAC format, 127 MB zip file from:
[main site] [mirror] [archive.org]

Licensed under the Creative Commons 3.0 non-commercial license.

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