They Shook Hands For Hours

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"'They Shook Hands For Hours' is steeped in subtlety. There is no instant gratification here. Instead, the listener is rewarded for this patience with an aural feast as layered textures interweave to create a feeling of loss, isolation, and redemption. Each melody and timbre takes a careful and considered approach; every sound appears at exactly the right time to have the maximum affect, showcasing Elam's compositional craft. Whether it is through found sounds, processed loops, or instrumentation, the creation of rich melodies is what drives the album, an approach that recalls the likes of Boards of Canada and Fennesz". (The Silent Ballet)

"Stunning solo album from Paul Elam of Declining Winter. Glitchy electronica, tape hiss and gaseous ambient are combined with organic instrumentation within a set of short tracks which condense avant garde styles into near pop formats. Fans of Machinefabriek, Philip Jeck or Stars Of The Lid should check - there's even a touch of Flying Lotus about the more beat-oriented tracks here. Excellent stuff". (Jumbo Records - Leeds, UK)

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released November 2, 2009

cat no: HAM003


All music by P. Elam except tracks 5,6 and 7, by P. Elam/S. Kemp.
Violin on tracks 5,6 and 7 by S. Kemp.
Photography by P. Elam.



Originally released as a CD housed in a matt digipak case and bundled with a bonus disc of remixes. A limited number are still available for purchase at the Home Assembly Music website.
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