LPs, Remixes & Compilations:
“Looking Through New Window” (Live, Tape Release 2012):
“My youngest child had a Gentleforce t-shirt by the time he was 3 months old. Sacred Spaces was the second album he ever heard (the first? Coil presents Time Machines). It was one of only a handful of records in those first days of his life that he understood, that hummed with the same rhythmic shifts as his emergence. He wasn’t quite in the world yet but this music eased his passage, settled him. He never slept but he listened and at heinous hours, as the clocks dripped and we all fell in and out of consciousness, Gentleforce played out, over and over, keeping everyone calm. This is music that will, for me, always be associated with the slow, Eternal time between 3 AM and sunrise; it’s music for dawnings, for new beginnings, for Terence Malick films. It’s a resolutely benevolent kind of music, perfect for babies and munkins and lost boys recovering from their acid supping. Gentleforce is cosmic music via Kepler; music that works in spheres, that unfolds gently, that announces itself by absence; of inferior beasts, of dissonant planes. Even the name is perfect; this gentle force, this incline, this guiding hand. More people need this music than realise it. Listen, learn, make the t-shirt.”
Loki (An Idiot’s Guide to Dreaming)
Tape/Digital download available from the 26th March 2012 through Exotic Pylon Records.
“Eli Murray aka Gentleforce defies easy categorisation, which means he’s right at home on Jonny Mugwump’s righteously deranged Exotic Pylon label. ‘Looking Through New Window’ is a half-hour symphony in which Murray throws everything he’s got into the pan – eerie field recordings, neo-classical overtures, crackle-infused deep house romanticism a la Lawrence/early Kompakt, shoegazey vocal textures and kosmische synth-drift – and it’s testament to his talent and maturity that the whole sounds coherent and concise rather than saggy or self-indulgent. Gentleforce is an apt name for the project – for this is music that’s soothing and sensuous but also very much sure of itself, with serious momentum, and not a dull moment, throughout. Recommended for fans of Fennesz, Four Tet, Border Community and other agents of dreamy, emotive electronics.”
A snippet of the live set…
The Wire Tapper Series (October, 2010):
The track “The Desert Song” was included on the Wire Magazine’s Tapper CD series in October, 2010. Excerpt from the magazine;
“The Pomegranate” EP (remix for Textile Audio 2010):
Tracklisting is as follows;
1. Some Kind of Mininova
2. Of Hymn
3. Demeter’s Lament (Gentleforce’s ‘Hope For Persephone’ Remix)
4. Narcissus Bloom & the Rape of the Pomegranate
“Sacred Spaces” LP (2010):
My debut album “Sacred Spaces” was released on Feral Media in April 2010.
Tracklisting is as follows;
1. Learning To Forgive 7:56
2. Oh The Mystery, Oh The Wonder 6:22
3. Lift Up Your Weary Head 4:17
4. Ode To Moritz 13:07
5. New Dawn 9:20
6. The Desert Song 8:16
7. Our Last Day Together 4:30
8. Majestic (We Will Never End) 3:06
Some reviews -
“Quietly, unimposingly fucking gorgeous”.
UK music/art blog I Am Not The Real Kid Shirt – full review here.
“I’ve been digging this album so much lately that I’d actually forgotten that I’d not posted about it yet.Gentleforce’s Sacred Space is the latest edition in Feral Media’s excellent POWWOW series. It’s also one of my favourite albums of the year, pulling together all sorts of ambient-leaning electronics into a dense, glacial listening experience.”
Music blog “Who The Hell” – full review here.
“As the seven, eight and even thirteen minute tracks extend like a warm yawn, you find yourself drawn into the rolling waves of warm electronic throbs, with melodies reverberating as though played from deep within a dark cave…”
**** 4 out of 5 star review from Sydney Morning Herald’s ‘Metro’.
“Utilising a rare gift for restraint, Murray quickly gets under our skin, finds unlikely homes for his gorgeous melodies, and manages to make us feel like we’re exploring right alongside him.”
Music and Art press Mess & Noise – full review here.
“…soundtracking a deeply cinematic wander down into gaseous-sounding droning electronic textures and ghostly minimal techno rhythms that almost sound like they’ve drifted in from the next room.”
Australian experimental music mag Cyclic Defrost – full review here.
Download alternative artwork for Sacred Spaces here
“New Weird Australia Vol. 4″ (Jan. 2010):
Gentleforce track “Our Last Day Together” included on the New Weird Australia music series.
1. TEXTILE AUDIO, Some Kind Of Mininova (5:32)
2. PAINT YOUR GOLDEN FACE, Television Is About Picture (4:12)
3. REUNION SACRED IBIS, Sing It To The Mountains (2:11)
4. TANTRUMS, Beat The Happy Pavement (4:08)
5. SCATTERED ORDER MK 1, Ruined By Me (5:44)
6. ALISTER SPENCE TRIO, Two Halves Of The Moon (3:26)
7. SCISSOR LOCK, Codify (2:05)
8. GUTTER PARTIES, Sashi (2:15)
9. NO ZU, Lay Of The Land (4:25)
10. THE TOWNHOUSES, Jigsaws Under The Clouds (4:08)
11. SEAWORTHY, They’re Cicadas You Know? (3:55)
12. GENTLEFORCE, Our Last Day Together (4:30)
13. GOLD TANGO, Telescope (3:26)
14. ALPEN, A Meditation On Flight (3:16)
15. RED_ROBIN, The Surveyor (4:36)
16. AUTOMATING, When Use Becomes Abuse (9:19)
17. SILVER BULLETIN, Minding Time (4:13)
Compiled by Stuart Buchanan & Danny Jumpertz.
Artwork by Anna Vo, annavo.wordpress.com.