Drown has only been released for 4 days and it’s currently sitting at number 27 on Bandcamp’s Best Selling Ambient Albums. The 27 minute EP was also featured in it’s debut weekend on Time Drone with Jack Hertz, Mysterious Semblance with Tange, (dis)Perse with Allen Herrick and Nightscaping with Har.
MAgNeTIC WIND’s newest EP (27 minutes) release, Drown, will be featured this weekend on the following radio shows and podcasts:
Thursday – Time Drone with Jack Hertz (7-9 pm Pacific US). www.stillstream.com.
Mysterious Semblance with Tange, Friday, 6-10 Central USA (www.stillstream.com).
(dis)PERSE with Alan Herrick, Friday at http://disperse.auricular.com/
Drown is Magnetic Wind’s third dark ambient release and her second horror ambient release. Additional releases are planned for fall.
Storm, Magnetic Wind’s second dark ambient and electronica release, will be available to the public on October 1, 2011. Storm is a collection of field recordings, experimental, ebm, drum and bass electronica, as well as dark ambient.
Jessica says, “Storm is about life. In life there are warnings that we don’t head. Choices we make. Even a love affair with the storm, maybe for its magnetism, for its energy, for its passion, for its potential. Perhaps we as mortals want to try, in some ways to tame that storm like a wild stallion in the high desert. The storm can bring the essence of everything we need. Rain, renewal, water, brevity from heat, refreshment, its wind, cleaning, turbulent as it is, setting us on a new course of direction or reaffirming an old one. Storms are rarely quiet and often destructive. Storms cannot be tamed. Like a Tasmanian Devil on the loose, but yet, can bring such beautiful elements and visuals that we stand in awe. We each have elements of the storm within us.
The music of storm contains the experimental field recording track Crows Omen, originally released with electronic-music.com’s field recording challenge. Throughout time and various cultures the crow has been an omen of a trickster and death. Buddhism embraces the crow in a more positive light, as a protector. Crows Omen embraces all three concepts. A warning to follow your intuition, listen to the inner silent voice or death (change) is on the way. There is always a storm with change.
The title track, Storm, was originally released in the spring of 2009 as Ghost Dance and hit number 14 on Denver’s dance tracks. The title was altered as it didn’t seem fitting for the intention of the piece any longer. The dark ambient pieces, Coronal Mass Ejection, Thunderstorm and Magnetosphere play with dissonance; the dissonance of change, the struggle between letting go and holding on, the internal battles within oneself and conflict of misunderstanding. They are ominous, as in my perception there is always an ominous quality to storms whether they are impending or occurring. There are also pure electronic and noise pieces encompassed in the breadth of Storm; the title track, Storm Chasers, Supercell, Anticyclonic (a backwards moving cyclone) all with noise, heavy drum and bass lines that spin in vibration.
This is not one of my new age albums that will bring you to oneness with the Divine. It is however, real and apart of me. ”
Take a ride in the Storm.
Her triple release of 11, Bhakti and Voices of My Ancestors is scheduled for 11.11.11. 11 embraces ethereal ambient with space chill, Bhakti is what Magnetic Wind calls, KirtAmbient. A mixture of Kirtan and ambient for meditation and devotion. Voices of My Ancestors is inspired and created through the channeling of her Native grand mother Mesawzee (Fox/Ojibwe) through sound.
Magnetic Wind – La Petite Morte [rain044]
Author: alan // 13/04/2011 // Genre: Ambient, Ambient & Experimental, Instrumental // No Comments
One would not think an artist could make the leap from more new age inspired works to dark ambient with ease. Jessica Waters of Magnetic Wind proves this possibility with the release of ‘La Petite Morte’ on the Rain netlabel. Jessica states on her website, “There are times in life when we must embrace and examine the things that hurt us, create fear and cause us pain. My music, as for many artists, is a means of expression of the depth of emotions that are felt within. This work, is a musical expression of feelings of fear, betrayal, loss, and grief.”
Working in original composition, Jessica is conservatory-trained and does all songwriting, arranging, instrumentation, vocals, orchestration, mixing, engineering and producing for her releases. She has composed and performed in a variety of genres for over two decades. In 2004, Jessica released a self-titled short album of 6 songs entitled, Voices of My Ancestors, focusing on ethereal tones, harmonics and inspired voice. The 2009 debut album of Magnetic Wind met with rave reviews and she released Astral Vortexes in 2010. This year shows Magnetic Wind producing in a new, and often difficult genre for self-exploration and composition.
‘La Petite Morte’ rings out as a cry from deep within for personal understanding and comfort. A rich tapestry of sounds is woven with a sense of abandonment and loss and the struggle to make sense of these feelings as they unfold for the listener. While some of the tracks border on the suspenseful and often frightening, there are beautifully textured glimmers of hope that rise to the surface. However, there is always that feeling of doubt or trepidation lurking beneath. This collection of tracks is a vastly emotional work, allowing the artist to share an intimacy of spirit and personal torment with us. ‘La Petite Morte’ is inspired by a wide range of circumstance including the death of the composer’s own brother, states of deep fear from personal circumstance, and the loss of pure innocent love. These intense inspirations have made for a deep, dark and heart-wrenching platform for expression.
‘La Petite Morte’ presents as deeply personal overall with flourishes of cinematic quality which can be attributed to Magnetic Wind’s decades of experience in producing music that comes from within and serves as a true expression of the artist. Magnetic Wind has gone beyond this personal vehicle and allowed the listener to be faced with their own similar emotive states.