Floods Returned

by James Murray

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Berkdrums Again an incredible album filled with beautiful and deep soundscapes that are all really deep and emotional in itself. From darker moods to uplifting pieces, for me it represents the broad soundpalette from which James creates his stunning tracks. Can’t believe more people follow/support James and his beautiful crafts of sound!
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Dotflac This is the restrained twin of Floods.

While the original album focused on the crispy forms permeating its foreground, Floods Returned pays attention to the blurry soundscapes behind the trees, the kind you usually forget when they are here but immediately notice when they miss.

A Fourier transform where the artist deliberately eludes the details hidden in high frequencies to build an imagination based on lush and introvert warm drones, ending in a frangible reinterpretation of his music. Favorite track: First Falls (Lost Cause).
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Lost Tribe Sound James Murray has done it again, no doubt one of the most consistent and heartwarming producers in the ambient/drone realm. Murray has taken albums I thought were perfected and somehow added more emotion, gentle complexities and grandeur to them. 'Floods Returned' is Murray's mature and patient look back on a collection of music well worth getting nostalgic over. Favorite track: Small Gestures (Becalmed).
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Floods, The Land Bridge and Mount View are all defining records for me, published on the Slowcraft Records imprint, their sounds and stories more personal than perhaps anything else I've done. If you know me you'll recognise that clearly in this music, if you're coming to it fresh, this is a direct introduction.

I've always cared more about what's left unsaid, the less certain truths lightened through nuance not statement. It's unsurprising then that scattered throughout layers of the original twenty-one tracks are half-remembered melodies and fragments of what might have been. I knew the final released mixes could only be versions, as definitive as possible but ever fertile for reweighting, rebalancing and reimagining. Simply to recombine a few elements on many of these productions is to invite another composition to spontaneously unfurl, often equally faithful to the spirit of my intent as the original.

Artists are all circling their private collection of hopes, fears, dreams and disappointments, looking at this strange assemblage from every angle, pushing and pulling to see what falls out. It's through this focused, sustained introspection that we occasionally get a glimpse of something beyond ourselves, enough perhaps to convert into something worthwhile to say aloud. I'll continue to look inward in my work in hopes of finding this gold of the soul, but here, now, I invite you back to one of the richest veins I've struck to date; to the waters that submerge, the patient, extended hand and the aching foothills of regret. Floods Returned.


Slow unfolding ambience that has the ethereal uplifting qualities of Brian Eno’s Apollo
[Norman Records]

Something radically new... captures the present moment of uninterrupted becoming
[Music Won't Save You]

It’s like a photograph of the soul
[Fluid Radio]


Press for the Floods Trilogy:

Evidence that pain can be translated into beauty… each note is like the gentle touch of a hand on the shoulder, each chord a surge of empathy
[A Closer Listen]

Exacting music, beautifully played... an exquisite extension of his stringently exquisite musical aesthetic
[Avant Music News]

Listening to his humanizing material proves to be an intimate and genuinely rewarding experience

Sprawling, pastoral soundscapes teeming with digital nuance... this is music for the listener to inhabit rather than observe
[Cyclic Defrost]

A stark reminder of how it should be done
[Fluid Radio]


released June 16, 2017


Written and Produced by James Murray at Slowcraft Studio.



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Lifelines is a new digital series presenting vital and consoling works from an expanding Slowcraft roster, each paired with bespoke artwork by printmaker June Murray.

Lifelines. Hold tight.

Created and curated by James Murray, Slowcraft has been presenting exceptional, unclassifiable music for people who treasure beautiful audio artefacts since 2011.
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