Refuge from The Great Sadness

by Gentleforce

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DJHDD I stumbled upon Gentleforce via a link from Tim Ritchie & Kinderling radio, I've been listening to a lot drone, ambient field recordings, head music & this particular album has everything needed for a sonic journey & a good lie down. Which I believe Eli Murray intended, it's great to hear a Sydney based artist exploring new territory. Favorite track: You hold my hand through the Gate.
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DJ 2 Minute Noodle I realised I had to buy this album about 15 minutes in to "A vessel between two places" as the sun starts to set on a hazy warm autumn sydney afternoon, the music shimmers the same way the light does in my room. Favorite track: A vessel between two places.
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homodomesticus I could try to set a favourite track, but it's the whole made up of parts.
Stellar, uncontrollable internal joy. thank you.


Some kind words about Refuge from The Great Sadness...

"The depth of emotion on Dissolve Into Fire, with its sunbeams of heat-rippled organ and tumbling piano, verges on unbearable” - Kate Hennesy - The Guardian

“immense and transporting” - IX Tab. (Twiggwytch Records)

“ incredible album, saturated with emotion; balanced on the tip of critical mass, occasionally thrown into overdrive by sampled punctuation. sublime.” - Esem (m3rck / de:focus records)

"Impeccably produced sounds in touch with both internal spaces and the environment.” - Utility Fog / Peter Hollo (FBi Radio)


released March 18, 2016

“Refuge from The Great Sadness” - a new album by Gentleforce.

Written, recorded and mixed by Eli Murray.

Mastered by label owner, artist and field recordist Lawrence English (Room 40).

Cover art and poster image by Paul “Presser” Towner (Dead Galaxy). These images were made in response to my music.

This album was recorded over several years in Japan, London, Amsterdam and Sydney. A combination of field recordings, voice and software was used to create what is heard within the tracks.


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Gentleforce Sydney, Australia

Exploring ancient traditions with modern technology. Previous albums - “Sacred Spaces” released via Feral Media (AUS), 2010 & “Looking Through New Window” released via Exotic Pylon (UK), 2012. Gentleforce’s music has been featured in The Wire Magazine’s (UK) “Tapper CD” series and received glowing reviews from The Guardian, SMH, Mess & Noise, Boomkat and Norman Records (UK) ... more

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