after almost two years of agonisingly slow progress on the final mixes of “sky full
of stars”, we are very pleased that it is now finally available. the delays were
inevitable, and during that time, even though all the tracks were fully completed
and recorded during late 2009, there was still considerable thought and many considerations
about the overall sound of the record, the sequencing, and the mixes themselves to
be addressed; but finally, during a week of final mixing during august 2011, the
songs have now reached the state where they were, at last, ready to be heard.
stafford remarked of the forthcoming release “during the mixing of ‘from within’,
one of the first tracks to be completed, the music had relaxed me to the point where
I was nearly dozing off, listening to playback after playback of the same four minute
piece, was just creating a mood and a feeling of utter peace that completely engulfed
and relaxed me – it’s thatkind of record, that gets inside your head, and you can
just put it on endless repeat and you never want to take it off”.
the album is composed entirely of pieces created using stafford’s software synth
of choice, the remarkable m-tron mellotron software synthesizer. stafford began using
the synth in 2009, and in short order had recorded an entire ambient album using
no other instruments whatsoever, which speaks volumes for the quality of the sounds
that the software offers.
this album will be a first in many ways – the first all-keyboard album that stafford
has ever made, the first stafford album that does not contain a single loop of any
kind, and even more amazing for a musician primarily known as a guitarist -an album
with no guitars and no energy bow guitars – but still an album that is completely
and totally ambient.
this record is a complete departure for stafford, composing very quickly on the mellotron;
key based instead of string based; and the variety of sounds chosen in the making
of these 8 tracks shows us the almost limitless possibilities of an instrument such
as the m-tron mellotron, at turns beautiful, eiree, haunting and unique.
it is interesting to note that in terms of “mood” or “feel” this record, recorded
with a software mellotron, has a very similar mood and feel to “the haunting” - despite
the fact that “the haunting” is an ambient energy bow loop - all guitar - all ebow
guitar - record. despite the two almost polar opposite approaches, both records
feel supremely pureambient and make an excellent pair of very different, yet very
similar in mood, ambient releases.