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The Disc Of The Sun / The Disc Of The Moon

by Horizon

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    The two CD's slide into plastic folders attached to both sides of a vintage 7" record. The package comes with two booklets and is served in different vintage 7" paper sleeves. Every copy is unique. Only 100 copies available.

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Playful Game 00:35
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The Swing 06:16
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Eardrum Roll 00:33
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Winged Words 04:34
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Kalungu 04:26
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4 A Liz 01:30
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Dawn 06:33
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Going Out 06:03
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Sunday 00:48
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Hideaway 05:46
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Coming In 05:53
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To My Soul 05:28
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Miracles 09:10
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Wave 07:52
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Delivery 08:36
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Earth 03:52
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Hearth 05:51

about

This brimful double-album by Horizon contains two long play CD's: 'the disc of the sun' and 'the disc of the moon'. Short and longer stories are told by acoustic instruments such as guitar, mandolin and melodica on a bed of field recordings or beats created with percussion, while voices and sounds from sampled vintage records add another layer. Some tracks make you want to move your body, others move you in different ways. Hop on a trip through time and space.

Ries van Schie (aka Horizon) has a diverse musical background playing string instruments and percussion in bands like: There, Kid Risdim, Gat in de Lucht and Bushman's Holiday. He created soundscapes with Oersoep and plays improvised music for dance and storytelling in different line-ups.

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Review by Massimo Ricci in Touching Extremes:
"This nicest of releases just so happened to materialize by coincidence, a veritable savior angel, to render my day much better on a pretty hostile Saturday, as I was about to get seriously upset at Gmail-generated technical hindrances. The Disc Of The Sun / The Disc Of The Moon is a double album by Ries Van Schie, fairly long but thoroughly pleasant (by the way – nice to meet you, Ries).

The program’s main instruments are acoustic guitars and mandolin, with calm percussion, witty vintage intrusions, and – most importantly – sweetly unobtrusive and/or evocative field recordings. It is composed primarily of relaxing atmospheres halfway through pastoral and folk-ish, weirdly intimate on occasion. Unexpected stylistic surprises and entrancing segments pop out here and there. A sort of homemade daydream, so to speak.

The musical structures are relatively straightforward, with a range of refinement. Sometimes, Van Schie’s fingerpicked style reminds me of a cross between John Fahey, James Taylor and Tom Katsimpalis of Biota. The resonances captured by Horizon’s microphones greatly amplify the aural vistas, keeping good company to weary ears and thoughts. Moreover, some of my favorite birds are detectable among the ambient echoes (I will never talk poorly of a record where you can hear orioles!).

What does everything seem like then? Similar to a teenage afternoon spent huddled over books, but more often gazing out the window at the light sky mist, imagining a future that reality will offer in a very different way. We 1960s-born children are familiar with the flavor of modern disenchantment. Works such as this one still make it easier for us to breathe because of their generous simplicity, sparse smiles and mildly ironic tones. They will always be my preference above the “avantgarde” that kisses the specialized press on the behind."

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Review by Frans de Waard in Vital Weekly:
"There are many ways to listen to music. I am not saying anything you didn't know, of course. When starting an album, I listen to it a bit and then decide the right moment to hear it properly, depending on the mood, time, and, eventually, other things I'm doing. Never listen to anything that requires a lot of attention when you can't give it the attention it needs. Behind Horizon, we find Ries van Schie, who plays string instruments and percussion in bands such as There, Kid Risdim, Gat In De Lucht and Bushman's Holiday; I had never heard of any of these. Solo also creates soundscapes with Oersoep and works with music for dance and storytelling. The two discs here are very long, eighty minutes and seventy-eight minutes. The two CDs are in plastic bags attached to an old 7" record and in a vintage old record sleeve. Esc.rec. has a reputation for doing weird packages and rarely ever disappoints. On the inside, we see a picture of what I assume is Horizon's instruments. Guitars, small percussion (drums, xylophone, cymbal and tiny objects), and small electronics and records. The latter uses sound effects and spoken words, of which he uses many samples in his music. The music is very laidback on both discs. Of course, 'The Disc of The Moon' is even more relaxed than 'The Disc Of The Sun', where things are a bit more uptempo. Perfect music to engage in some activity; it's never demanding, it's never noisy or strange. Horizon plays his guitars, gentle strumming and plucking,
highly melodic. Maybe a bit folk or rock-like in his approach to the guitar, but with all the spoken word samples, it rarely turns into a real song. When it does, such as in 'Kalungu', with its sampled chant, this turns out to be great. These songs, cut with some of the album's more soundscaping bits, make for a wonderfully varied album. I did my household chores, drank tea, did nothing for a while other than listening, and enjoyed this almost two-and-a-half-hour musical journey. The rhythms never came to the foreground and served humbly in the background. The music moved inside and outside the spheres of the Weekly, with its hip-hop-like scratching, and rocky and folky tunes, but you can also see this as a form of plunderphonics of a variety you don't hear a lot. Less emphasizing the voice material and embedded strongly within a musical environment. Lovely stuff."

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Review by Jan Willem Broek in Subjectivisten:
"Op het innovatieve label Esc.rec uit Deventer verschijnen doorgaans interessante elektronische releases, maar zo nu en dan ook meer rock en avant-garde bands als Plan Kruutntoone en Klimperei. Onlangs is nog de 100ste release Various Artists – Matter Affect verschenen, die alle intenties van het label nog maar eens onderstreept (en nog altijd verkrijgbaar is). Een project dat eveneens uit een heel ander vaatje tapt is Horizon. Geestelijk vader is Ries van Schie, die al snaar- en percussie-werk heeft verricht in bands als There, Kid Risdim, Gat in de Lucht en Bushman’s Holiday. Daarnaast heeft hij soundscapes gecreëerd met Oersoep en heeft hij ook improvisatiemuziek voor onder meer dans gemaakt. Online vind je verder echt niks terug over hem, dus de focus ligt volledig op de muziek. En daar is niks mis mee!

Van Horizon is zojuist het dubbel album The Disc Of The Sun / The Disc Of The Moon uitgekomen. De zonzijde bestaat uit 20 nummers van samen ruim 77 minuten lang. Al snel wordt duidelijk dat dit om bijzondere muziek gaat, die zich niet eenvoudig laat duiden of in een categorie onder te brengen is. Ook daar is niks mis mee. Sterker nog, het zijn uiterst biologerende muziekstukken die overigens meer weg hebben van collages. Van Schie legt de basis met folkachtige akoestische instrumenten, waaraan hij beats, veldopnames en samples van onder meer diverse platen toevoegt. Voor dat laatst genoemde bestaan termen als turntablism, plunderphonics, cut-up en ook (heel mooi) dj poetry.

Maar een sample ergens vandaan halen maakt nog geen muziek, kent u die uitdrukking? Dat ambacht verstaat van Schie echter als geen ander blijkt. Hij fabriceert muziek waarbij folk, beats, experimenten, wereldse (Afrikaanse) en abstracte muziek op avontuurlijke, speelse en doorwaadbare wijze aan de man gebracht worden. Niet alleen zorgt hij voor lekker ritmische en meeslepende stukken, hij voegt er ook humoristische fragmenten aan toe. Dus naast dat ik gefascineerd ben door de diverse wonderlijke combinaties en gewoonweg geniet van de geweldige resultaten, tovert de muziek ook met enige regelmaat een brede grijns op mijn gezicht. Soms brengt hij ook 'echte' songs, waar de samples meer als instrument ingezet worden en hij je op bezinnende wijze laat wegdromen.

De maanzijde, nog eens 14 tracks, die samen maar liefst ruim 79 minuten duren, sluit daar ook meer op aan. De ingrediënten zijn weliswaar hetzelfde, maar deze worden op een meer duistere, filmische en stemmige manier ingezet, waarbij ook vaker trip hop en downtempo elementen worden toegevoegd. Dat overigens zonder ooit echt in een bepaald vakje te passen, want daarvoor is de muziek echt te uniek. Je ontdekt per luisterbeurt ook steeds weer iets nieuws. Fans van enerzijds Public Works, The Tape-beatles, Negativland en People Like Us maar anderzijds Tunng, Dntel, Hood en Boards Of Canada zullen dit denk ik ook wel waarderen. Let wel, zonder dat het er per se op lijkt.

Waar je tevens niet omheen kunt is de fantastische verpakking: een 7” single, waarop aan beide zijdes een cd is geplakt die weer uitklapbaar is. Dat alles is in (verschillende) vintage papieren 7”-hoesje gestoken. Daar betaal je dan iets extra voor, maar het is werkelijk elke euro meer dan waard. Wat een alomvattend meesterwerk!"

credits

released September 29, 2022

All music by Horizon
Recorded at homestudio Pothead 113, Deventer NL
Mastering by Pascal Altena
Design by Ries van Schie and Harco Rutgers

Thanks for inspiration: A liz, Oersoep, Kid Risdim, Bushman's Holiday, The Dubbies, Neroche, Wax Tailor, Boards Of Canada, Boozoo Bajou, Kid Koala, Pablo.

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