Premiere: Get a First Listen to Ambient Gem “Winterfold” Gagarin’s Return


Graham “Dids” Dowdall, a musical journeyman who has played with Nico, collaborated with John Cale, Ludus, Eric Random, Suns of Arqa, Band of Holy Jo and Low Bias, and is a member of avant rock legends Pere Ubu and duo Roshi featuring Pars Radio, recently issued Corvid Remixes, a stunning remix EP, under his Gagarin solo alias.

We’re pleased to world premiere “Winterfold Gagarin’s Return,” a bonus track not found on his latest effort.

“‘Winterfold’ is a rework of a track originally commissioned as part of a sound project based on 5 hills in Surrey,” Dowdall told us last year about the album version of the song.

“This hill is called Winterfold and the track features recordings of sounds from the top this wooded hill which I visited one evening in June. Whilst there a thunderstorm arrived though no rain fell as I walked. In this rework I’ve tried to capture the atmosphere of being high above the flat plain of southern Surrey and Sussex. All percussive sounds were generated by hitting twigs, branches and trees.”

Get a first listen below and enjoy.

Darren Ressler

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