Washington D​.​C.

by Tristan Welch

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  • Cassette + Digital Album

    Cassette tape (Red Tint) with O-Card cassingle packaging. Shrink wrapped. Comes with a 4x4 sticker (shown). Download card.

    This is a self-released cassette of minimalist heavy ambient movements. Drones for peace. Side 1 is titled 'D'. Side 2 is titled 'C'. Both pieces stay in their respective keys with a strong focus on their respective notes. The repetition of the notes layered and looped over each other create textures and atmosphere's that remain unachieved by playing something once - unaffected. The atmosphere of a failing rail system. The disappointment of gentrified neighborhoods. The insecurity behind a lost statehood. The headquarters behind mindless drone strikes.

    "A laudable 16 minute debut by Fairfax, VA drone artist Tristan Welch. Drones in the key of "D" and "C" that are both palpable and weightless. The kind of ambient tape you can put on and blissfully forget you are listening to while wondering why your day-to-day seems somehow imbued with some golden light of meaning. Deeper listens reveal a layering of lapped notes within the same key, an excercise in kinetic meditation. Individual notes puncturing the ether and then collapsing back onto itself. Spooling and unspooling like the chain on an anchor reacting to the tides" www.tometotheweathermachine.com


    "Allaying hum of unseen electromagnetic energy cast from poll to poll above the earth's atmosphere. In a silent world where no ears can hear, sound goes no where. Tristan Welch harnesses onto this spectrum of obscured frequencies. The elusive energy in the air before us, funneling this moment in time deep into our consciousnesses.

    Two side long tracks edging into your mind like space dust covering the solar system. This composition breathes the higher drone. The feelings are ultimately relaxing. Titled Washington D.C., Tristan finds grooves in simplicity and patience. Allowing thoughts to expand while these droning notes occupy the emptiness. Like an electric blanket to protect the body as the spirit travels in distant space. Washington D.C. allows your mind to become keenly aware of the unkwon sounds that swaddle our physical selves. You will want an auto-reverse cassette player on continual loop when this tape goes into the deck. "
    lostseasound.blogspot.com

    "The sedate chords bleed through the guitar in such somber introspection I can only imagine the sorrow, disillusionment and disassociation that went into making the track. Spaced out and hopeless, a sound reminiscent of prescription drug abuse, lost to valium and anything with drowsiness to help you sleep but, sleep won’t come. The last man on earth. The astronaut lost in space. A woman alone at night. Put on hold and forced to watch as the world violently exists in constant flux. A piece capturing fear and isolation and sedation as well as powerlessness, hopelessness and loss. The D is for Despair. The result is fucking amazing. Every layer is stunningly well produced, every texture expertly apt, every direction in the song taking us further down the well back to the source filling the blanks, smoothing over the cracks, thickening the On the C side, the weariness of the previous track slowly transmogrifies itself into a dazed euphoria. The weight drifts out of the track with the low end and the trilling guitar lines become evocative of feathers fluttering in the wind. Where the previous track creates a sense of being overwhelmed and out of control, the second track has an underlying serenity, a sort of downtrodden acceptance like gritting your teeth and spurring on. Once again similar to Stars of The Lid and perhaps Brian Eno, the track maintains a mellowing ambient introspection but always seems to be hinting towards a potential threat somewhere in the distance." - echoesanddust.com

    "This is pure beauty. Honestly I love the way this tape sounds so much. It is half in a dream the whole time and makes you feel like you are dragging your senses just a little bit into infinity. It is drone but it’s also something more. It’s a language. I feel like this could honestly heal me. I was so upset when my tape deck ate this tape. Furious even but it still plays well enough because I am never going to stop listening." - deadformats.blogspot.com

    "From somewhere off to the side of America’s oblivious political ziggurat, in Virginia, composer Tristan Welch takes this reality as the starting point for his self-released Washington D.C. cassette. The tape is simple, two movements, “D” and “C,” with what Welch endearingly describes as “a strong focus on their respective notes.” He goes on: “The repetition of the notes layered and looped over each other create textures and atmosphere’s that remain unachieved by playing something once, unaffected. The atmosphere of a failing rail system. The disappointment of gentrified neighborhoods. The insecurity behind a lost statehood. The headquarters behind mindless drone strikes.” Each meditative sequence mirrors the sedimentary growth of cities and shared spaces, or the large and ambiguous gray spaces that dot and sprawl across the different commercial, government, or mixed used zones of D.C. Without the city itself to hold against them, these tracks would be relaxing. Listening from within it, maybe alongside migrating clots of besuited professionals or trapped somewhere in the metro, I imagine the potential for disassociation would be much more minimal." - www.secretdecoder.net


    If you are ordering outside of the U.S.A please get in touch first (sleepytimemusic@gmail.com) so we can discuss shipping costs. Most of the time the shipping costs more than the tape itself - I'll most likely discount the tape and charge whatever shipping is to make it as fair as possible for both sides. Thanks.

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Drones for Peace

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released June 17, 2016

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Tristan Welch Washington, D.C.

Tristan Welch is an experimental musician / artist from northern Virginia that creates sonic soundscapes with his guitar which incorporates loops that are drenched in reverb, delay, and distortion. He likes to call his compositions; heavy ambient movements.

In late 2016 Tristan Welch & Ron Oshima started a collaboration which combines ambient guitar with free jazz influenced saxophone playing.
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