MILIEU - Beyond the Sea Lies the Stars

Edition of 505, 1st 150 with additional bonus CDR "Beyond the Stars Lies the Sea"

Release date : April, 2006

Catalog Number : INFX 018


Mining a provenance of sounds from a distant & disbanded orchestra Milieu reassembles then quietly broadcasts the collected notes into a wide expanse. It is his first full ambient offering to be heard from a library of many hours of sound experimentation in drone, ambient and lush found sound litanies. Beyond the Sea is shrouded in distant fog…there are lights that seem to appear briefly and then are calmly eclipsed. There is a fascination in this nebulous balance of sonorous melodies from decades ago, almost hopeful, yet an undercurrent of a somber theme that is draped over the entire composition…

This is American composer Milieu’s first proper release – following two limited edition releases for the Belgian label U-Cover. Influences include The Caretaker’s ‘Haunted Ballroom’ and from William Basinski’s ‘Disintegration Loops’ series.

The first 150 copies will include a bonus CDR (INFX 019) entitled “Beyond the Stars Lies the Sea”.

MILIEU - Beyond the Stars Lies the Sea

Edition of 150

Release date : April, 2006

Catalog Number : INFX 019


”The rather profoundly titled 'Beyond The Sea Lies The Stars' from Milieu. This sounds well cinematic and is absolute chilled, floaty, spacey ambient bliss. This will make you feel like your floating in embryonic fluid and is absolutley gorgeous. This is produced by Brian Grainger and is on Infraction Records. This is my release of the week and if you don't buy it then you must be a bit chicken oriental. Stunning.” Norman records

“Hot on the heels of his instant classic 'Night Currents', Brian Grainger (under the nom de plume Milieu) brings forth, perhaps, one of his most emotional pieces to date. While being minimal in nature, "Beyond the Sea Lies the Stars" shows a definite maturity in Milieu's work. The droning symphonic textures drown each other in a sea and sky of ubiquity.” – igloo mag

“solitary glimmering synth tones ever-looping in a vast wind tunnel, finding communion with kindred synth-spirits, spiralling around each other in elegiac meditation on loss, absence, memory. And gorgeous in its unadornment. “Vibrant Shores, Horizons” is suggestive of the celebratory pealing of churchbells and atavistic horn/pipe drones whilst being completely sonically other.” – e|i magazine