01 • My last camera was much better, I traded it (overture) [0'29''] 02 •My last camera was much better, I traded it [3'00''] 03 • It was as if the reindeer spoke, but I realised it was just a dream [14'25''] 04 • The reindeer spoke, but I realised it was just a dream (coda) [0'10''] 05 • From the plane's window I thought I saw the edge of Norway [1'26''] 06 • The snow here lay twice as deep just ten winters ago (overture) [0'19''] 07 • The snow here lay twice as deep just ten winters ago [14'36''] 08 • The snow here lay twice as deep just ten winters ago (coda) [0'26''] 09 • Something in the bear's eye told me not to run [2'00''] 10 • We tuned the radio but still got only static [5'07''] 11 • A wind from the north, the tree shivered [3'02''] 12 • Helsinki airport, July 2nd, 1912 [4'50''] 13 • Crisp summer air, fresh snow, I walk on my toes [2'06''] 14 • There were lights over the horizon, some people in our group decided to follow them [1'28'']
From the other side of the planet comes a New Zealander. His nom-de-guerre Venus Vulture aka Sean Monaghan, a plastic/visual artist turned musician. He has already two magnificent releases at one of my current favorite netlabel - Resting Bell - and now comes to test tube with a new work: 'Stick with me Giselle, things can only get better'.
Venus Vulture's music is perhaps very similar to his visual work: big, dramatic landscapes turned soundscapes of undoubtedly classical origin. It's ambient music at its most pure state; dense, enthereal, and eternal. 'Stick with me Giselle...' could be the story of a journey to the cold northern Europe (there's a track about Helsinki and another about Norway, at least...) by a group of people, we don't know how many. Well at least one can hint that from the track titles... and the visual artwork that accompanies points to that too: white snow, sprinkles of blue water and a hint of black rock, or black earth. It sounds as it feels and as it looks, and Venus Vulture managed to deliver a steady flow of narratively and deeply buried emotions of barren lands, lifeless and gelid landscapes, cold winters and bright sunny days near the north pole of our home planet. Just perfect.» - Pedro Leitão