UK artists, Ochre and Ed Chamberlain

Ochre

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Christopher Scott Leary aka Ochre is from Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. His indie label is Benbecula, Toytronic. I discovered him through Ed Chamberlain‘s music myspace. The word “ochre” originates from the Greek, meaning yellow, but is commonly used to describe the pigment of golden yellow or light yellow brown. Sometimes an artist’s sound is graceful enough to be carried by a color. In the case of Christopher Leary, I’m still deciding how I feel, he’s not as light a contender as I initially thought, with every track I hear more respect is demanded by the intricacy in a score. It’s interesting enough that I share it with you the reader and let you make the call. Be sure to visit his myspace.

from myspace.com/ochre:

Benbecula venture South over Hadrian’s Wall once more to bring one of the most wonderfully written and melodic pieces of electronica to grace these shores. Ochre aka Christopher Leary, first came to the public’s attention via his album for Toytronic in 2004 entitled A Midsummer Nice Dream. During that time and up until autumn 2005, he has offered a steady output of remix work and compilation appearances via the likes of Subvariant, Boltfish, Audiobulb, Igloo and Unschooled.

Where the Toytronic album was a ’best of’ collection of older recordings spanning a couple of years, the album Lemodie for Benbecula, is an especially commissioned body of work.

Ochre’s take on the electronic format takes the medium to its melodic limit, with an orchestral feel and precision that would challenge the best contemporary traditional composers.

Benbecula once again embraces the advance of music within a medium. Rather than pushing the noise envelope via the technology available, Ochre expertly demonstrates that the most complex of compositions can be realised in a human and organic way via technology, possibly more than anyone before him.

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Download: Ochre – REM Sleep Research

[myspace.com/ochre]
[ochremusic.com]

Ed Chamberlain

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Edmund Robert Chamberlain of Brighton, South UK, his independent label, baselogic/combat. If it weren’t for him adding me I wouldn’t have discovered Ochre. I hope “Styge” moves you as much as it did me.

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Download: Ed Chamberlain – Styge

[Ed Chamberlain at juno.co.uk]
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myspace.com/edchamberlain]

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