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Friday, 1 April 2016

Side-Line Magazine review 'Thaw'

Belgian magazine Side-Line have reviewed our last album, 'Thaw'...


Paranoid Winter – Thaw (CD Album – Paranoid Winter)

Genre/Influences: Dark-ambient, soundscape.

Background/Info: Paranoid Foundation often adapted their band name in function of their work. Set up by Crispin Lee, the British project now strikes back as Paranoid Winter, which is a name devoted to the Winter solstice for which this 5-track album has been written.

Content: “Thaw” sounds like a paranoid sonic universe, but first of all remains a poignant, ambient work. The songs are pretty minimal-like. There’s a scary and disturbing ambiance hanging over the production, which is empowered by spooky, half-spoken vocals.

The work sounds like a rite, which doesn’t give you the feeling to be devoted to Winter, but to evil forces. The tracks have been accomplished by numerous sonic treatments, and there’s also the surprising appearance of a clarinet. This is a chilling and desolate opus, revealing a few more elaborated passages during the final part.

 + + + : I like the progression of the song writing while the ghost-like male and female vocals add an extra frightening touch. This is ambient music with a strong visual appeal.

 - - - : A few passages are missing an apotheosis and are stagnating in monotone constructions. 

Conclusion: Paranoid Foundation remains a scary sonic trip, mixing minimalism and haunting atmospheres.

 Best songs: “Words (Fail Us)”, “Narratives”, “Presentations”.

 Rate: (7).

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Paranoid Podcast - Episode 23 now online!

Attention music lovers! After an 18-month hiatus, the Paranoid Podcast has returned. Episode 23 features a 30-minute/14-track mini-album of brand-new, instrumental electronica. Expect the usual dark, unsettling ride to the paranoid side. Industrial synths, rattling drum machines and ponderous bass collide in a set entitled 'All Change'.

Subscribe in iTunes/Apple Podcasts app (search Paranoid Podcast) or get it here... http://www.jellycast.com/directory/index.php

Over and out...



Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Texture review 'Thaw'

Canadian music ezine 'textura' has reviewed our latest album 'Thaw', read it HERE

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Dream Logic

Yesterday we were pleased to announce the release of our new album 'Thaw', and today we have a brand new track on our Soundcloud to announce. 'Dream Logic' is a contemplative piece, again on the theme of winter - something I put together quickly using a sample of Iona Leigh's folk vocals and some of Crispin's spoken word, wrapped up in a liberal dose of electronic beats and fx. It is rather rough and ready, but hopefully worthy of a listen!

Tune in for free HERE

Andy

Monday, 21 December 2015

The new album is out TODAY!!!

Paranoid Winter - 'Thaw' has finally been unleashed upon an unsuspecting world! Just in time for the winter solstice, this 5-track album is perhaps our finest work yet.

This is deep, dark and wintry ambient electronica. Across its 37-minute duration it features the male/female vocal interplay of Cris and Claire set upon a hallucinatory soundworld made up of glacial synthesizers, ghostly clarinet and a bewildering array of field recordings and manipulated acoustic instruments.

Best listened to late at night in a darkened room, the overall effect is highly trance-inducing with icy atmospheres entirely befitting of the season. Tetsu Okada's amazing cover art gives a perfect visual representation of the music for all the many synaesthesiasts out there!

'Thaw' is available now for download and streaming - on Spotify, iTunes/Apple Music, Amazon and other major retailers. Wrap up warm, for it is sure to be a Paranoid Winter...

Friday, 4 December 2015

Another Paranoid Winter track on the Soundcloud...

With the release of the Paranoid Winter 'Thaw' album imminent (21st December!), here is another track to whet your appetite. Not featured on the album, instead this is taken from the original Paranoid Winter EP, which was featured on our Paranoid Podcast Autumn 2014.

It includes the vocals of Claire Norman and Cris Lee, set against dissonant guitars, clarinets and electronic manipulation.

Listen HERE

Thursday, 26 November 2015

New album...

Our new album, Paranoid Winter - Thaw, will be released on December 21st 2015 on our own Paranoid Foundation label. Sample track on our Soundcloud. Some info...

Paranoid Winter’s debut album, ‘Thaw’, is the follow-up to the group’s self-titled, six-track EP, which was released as a free podcast in late 2014 via the Paranoid Foundation website. As with the EP, ‘Thaw’ includes the vocals of Claire Norman and Cris Lee, but is a rather different proposition than their earlier work. Where the EP had a running time of just under thirteen minutes, the five tracks that make up ‘Thaw’ run to the princely total of thirty-seven minutes.

‘Thaw’ was recorded in various locations over the second half of 2014 as Cris attempted to settle back into London life on a full-time basis. As this album attests, all did not go smoothly. ‘Thaw’ is the (lucky?) thirteenth commercially-released album that Cris has produced or co-produced. Prior to recording the album, Cris had spent much of the previous three years travelling between Canterbury, Paris and the New Forest. The ‘Thaw’ sessions marked the conclusion of Cris’ doctoral studies and there is a definite ‘end of an era’ feeling to these tracks. Deciding that something was missing from ‘Thaw’s initial mixes, the newly-dubbed Dr Lee enlisted Claire’s vocal and instrumental talents. The results are impressive.

The lynchpins of ‘Thaw’ are the tracks ‘Narratives’ and ‘Binary’. These two tracks are infused with a slow-burn arc of boy/girl vocalising, doom-laden reverberation, echo and analogue synthesis. As with the dub bassline and shrieking feedback of opening track ‘Presentations’, fans of Paranoid Foundation’s early, drone-based output will not be disappointed. “Thaw”’s biggest surprise is the microtonal ‘Hope’, which is also Claire’s first solo track: layer after echoed layer of dissonant clarinet create one of the starkest – and most beautiful – tracks to be released by this record label in recent years. Album closer ‘Words (Fail Us)’ provides another bruising take on Claire’s solo track; this time, her wordless vocals underpin a disintegrating mass of synths, dissonant guitar and echoing bass.

The package is completed by another outstanding piece of cover art from Tetsu Okada, who has designed many of Paranoid Foundation’s album covers over the years.