Grey World


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This makes me sad and happy and the same time, such a weird feeling, thank you.
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RцМфцг I could genuinely listen to the ambient loops on loop for hours. Such a beautiful, relaxing listen. Favorite track: Mask of the Phantasm.
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Alec L. Critten If you love emotionally resonant ambient music like I do, then this album is essential listening. It is a rare ability for an artist to produce music this arresting in its simple beauty, yet the person behind this album masterfully uses dense string loops and tape noise to transport the listener to a heavenly place. These worlds are at once alien and unfamiliar, yet strikingly luminous and awe-inspiring. I am extremely eager to hear more work from this gifted musician. Favorite track: What If.
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Obscure 04:00
Somber 02:43
What If 03:59
Dark Deco 04:34



While Reserve Matinee's network is global, we're always excited and proud to highlight artists who also hail from our small corner of the world - the American Midwest. Especially when those artists exhibit exceptionally deep minds, intriguing stories, and scene-defying careers.

Somewhere in southern Indiana, the soft glow of a desktop computer sits in front of BAKGROUND, a young producer named Cory who prefers to keep a low profile and has never performed live, despite our recent and continual attempts. After a simple connection on Soundcloud, the Midwest connection was made via e-mail and a new friendship began. This is the first of multiple BAKGROUND releases on Reserve Matinee.

A strong and deep discography of jungle and 90s-style breakbeat can be found through a Google search, with recent EPs 'Fantasies' and 'First Time' getting pressed onto 12" wax by UK labels who have caught on. Releases like 'saved data pts. I and II' show the Indiana producer's ambient side, which happens to be some of the deepest work we've heard in years. Samples from video games and 90s VHS tapes are just a few of the sound sources used in production. What sets Cory apart, however, is his uncanny ability to carve out and dig deep into human emotion; an aspect of music-making that has nothing to do with gear or approach. We are more than ecstatic to present 'Grey World', an album of gentle embrace and melancholy. Welcome to the world of BAKGROUND.


released July 6, 2018


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