Craig Padilla

Double LP
gatefold sleeve, coloured vinyl
strangefish six


Craig Padilla, whose side of music on strangefish one was one of the collection's highlights (for me, anyway), returns to Fruits de Mer to deliver a double LP of synthesiser/kosmische sounds.
Given four sides of vinyl to work with, Craig takes full advantage of the space given to him with sonic excursions that range from a one minute+ intro to two sidelong, 22 minute+ tracks. Turn down the lights, lie back and enjoy.

After more than two decades of performing live and recording his own music using many vintage analog and newer digital synthesizers, Craig's style reflects the classic electronic musicians of the past (Wendy Carlos, Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream, Kraftwerk, Steve Roach, and many other pioneers), while finding new sound and music styles that are unique to the true ambient electronic music genre. Craig has composed soundtracks for various television, theatrical, and film productions. He is a top-selling established artist on the Spotted Peccary Music CD label and has appeared on releases on the Lotuspike, Fruits de Mer Records, Groove Records, and Ultimae labels.

‘Sonar’ is a compilation of recordings by Craig from 1996 onwards, none of which have appeared on CD or vinyl before. Although they span nearly 20 years of recordings, Craig and I selected them to provide a consistent feel across four sides of listening – music influenced by the kosmische sounds of the 70s, but fed through 21st century equipment. Immerse yourself!

Craig says, “I have always been fascinated by vinyl records as a way to listen to music. The fact that a piece of plastic with grooves can spin against a needle and play sounds that are so pure and warm simply amazes me to this day. There is a great physical and spiritual connection to the music on a record; there's even a certain scent to the vinyl and paperwork of an album that I enjoy. I have more memories of certain songs and albums because of this physical connection that I don't get with digital media. Since much of my music is inspired by the electronic music records of the 1970's and 80's and is recorded using analog equipment, I've always felt that it would be a perfect fit for it to be released on vinyl.”

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