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Rise of a Mystery Tide
"Hulk is the project of Dublin-based artist Thomas Haugh. Written over 18 months and combining an ensemble of string, woodwind and brass players with Haugh's own brand of sound treatment, Rise of a Mystery Tide is an album conceived to reflect dreams, or more specifically, emotions as they manifest in our dreams. The music evokes notions of transcendence and soul searching... spacious strings drift and pull together to create moments reminiscent of Sigur Rós, giving way to more hollow sounding, ambient passages. Various field recordings of the sea are peppered throughout -- 'the sea' being thematic, connected to dreams as something eternal, ever changing and mysterious. Rise of a Mystery Tide sets an overall scene for some kind of ancient star sailing... this is a late night/early morning slow-burner -- one to be experienced in that blurry state somewhere between the lines of conscious and the subconscious. Thomas Haugh has previously released on various UK labels, including Static Caravan, Expanding and Melodic Records, has appeared on Wire Tapper CD 18, and recently remixed Efterklang track 'Cutting Ice to Snow.' Rise of the Mystery Tide is the follow up to 2005's critically acclaimed Silver Thread of Ghosts album, also released on Osaka. The album is dedicated to Haugh's baby boy Roman, and the CD digipack features some beautifully detailed artwork from French artist Gregoire Dalle."