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1-2 Weeks


Since his debut release in 2008, Phaeleh aka Matt Preston has developed an inimitable style of cinematic electronic music, which floats between the shifting tempos and timbres of dubstep, garage, electronica, and house music. Phaeleh's last two full-length releases on Afterglo records -- Fallen Light and The Cold In You -- have cemented his position as one of the most exciting new producers to emerge from his current hometown, Bristol. Phaeleh's downbeat and heartfelt sound honors the tradition of Bristolian forefathers Massive Attack, Smith & Mighty, and Portishead, with a fresh outlook and penchant for sub-sonics. This time, he's skirted round the easy option and stepped away from any formulas that seemed too comfortable. Tides is very much an album that Phaeleh wanted to listen to, rather than one that he thought people wanted to hear. Aiming to achieve a more cinematic, musical experience while still retaining the same emotional content of the early releases, he's filtered in influences ranging from Philip Glass to Massive Attack and Boards Of Canada but maintaining a sound that is distinctively Phaeleh. His back catalog has already seen him establish a strong fanbase. Fallen Light and The Cold In You have sold over 200k downloads and contributed to a staggering tally of more than 2 million monthly views on YouTube. This is supplemented by 65k+ Facebook fans and a Soundcloud following that turns over 75k plays per month, while he has also been readily embraced on the airwaves as well, picking up support across Radio 1, 6 Music, 1Xtra, Kiss, and Rinse FM. He's also risen to prominence as an in-demand remixer, reworking artists as diverse as chart-topping dance outfit Rudimental to classical composer Ludovico Einaudi, via much-hyped pop acts such as Charli XCX and Niki & The Dove. His second album proper, Tides, is an evolutionary step with taut songcraft and melancholic tones. It features vocals by Jess Mills, Soundmouse (who collaborated on his most popular songs), and Augustus Ghost (one-half of Snow Ghosts with Throwing Snow), who will also be performing alongside Phaeleh on his live dates in the U.S.