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Solidarity Hymn is a new project from Andy Othling (Lowercase Noises) and Steven Kemner (Hotel Neon). The debut full-length album For a Wandering Beam of Sun will be released on May 18 in both digital and vinyl formats. These songs were written and recorded over the span of one week at Andy's studio in Albuquerque, NM. The resulting songs balance the subtle differences between their own ambient guitar and textural styles.
After touring together as their separate projects (Lowercase Noises and Hotel Neon), Andy and Steven talked often about actually getting in a room together to create something new. With both their other projects being somewhat isolated, they wanted to explore a more traditional writing process. In August 2017, Steven joined Andy for a week at his studio where they laid down as many ideas/parts/textures as possible. Not wanting to write music separately over the internet, they decided that whatever they came up with in that week would be the album. Many ideas were both culled and tightened in the arrangement/mixing process, and what is left is a both strong and cohesive album which features the best moments of those sessions.
The songs are dense and drawn out, but feature just enough movement to keep the listener engaged.
Plans are already being made for another similar writing and recording session.
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"For a Wandering Beam of Sun has captured the essence, the abstract notion of ambient music perfectly [...] looking past the whole shows so much detail; multiple musical layers and intricate rhythms all making for a sublime and rewarding listen." - Electronic North
"These two musicians – these two friends – have produced a glowing album of ambient sound which glints like amber as it comes into contact with a kiss of direct sunlight... The undulating rhythm of ‘Here We Slept’ mirrors the automatic, easy breathing of delta sleep. The echoing piano notes inhale and then exhale before ghosting out of existence. Closer ‘The Treasure Yours’ opens its heart, and when it does, its light is all-encompassing and strong, even brighter than the beams of the sun. For A Wandering Beam of Sun is the sound of perfect alignments." - Fluid Radio