SMM: Opiate is the second release in GHOSTLY’s SMM series, which is an ongoing exploration of the evocative possibilities of sound, with a focus on classical minimalism, electronic and drone composition, film soundtracks, and fragile imaginary landscapes. Opiate is the follow-up to 2011’s SMM: Context, and as with that record, it’s a carefully chosen selection of music, compiled over some two years from around the world. The record opens with Simon Scott’s “Water Shadow,” a luxuriant piece of beatless ambience that’s like a wash of warm water or the first touch of the summer sun on your face after a long, cold winter. It’s a warmth that doesn’t last, though — “Ti Prego Memory Man,” by A Winged Victory for the Sullen, is no less beautiful. It’s a stately, alpine beauty, its chilly sounds a harbinger of things to come. Celer’s “Nothing So Mystical” is more minimal still, while Black Swan’s “Passing Heartbreak” brings whispers of humanity, its sound coalescing out of an atmospheric whirl of vocal textures. You can stream the entire mixtape in full above, and to purchase your own standard or limited edition vinyl of SMM: Opiate you can visit TheGHOSTLYstore.com. For more GHOSTLY amazingness be sure to visit GHOSTLY.com and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
Listen To GHOSTLY International’s Stunning New Mixtape “SMM: Opiate”
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