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«Another personal favorite of 2007 comes from the far away Australia. James McDougall a.k.a. Entia Non possesses the rare talent of putting together seemingly ordinary field recordings in a way that they sound to always have belonged together. If you enjoyed My Fun 'Idyll EP' release you'll love 'Distal'. James manipulates found sounds using ambient electronica techniques, tape reels and vinyl records into the most beautiful soundscapes you'll be able to hear. 'Watching the paint dry' is one of the best here, with sampled voices scattered amidst soft humming tones that sound like distant lost ships at sea. Beautiful stuff. 'A Winter Plateau' is another great track. A lot more into the 'nostalgia' theme than the previous ones - which is a recurrent theme when it comes to ambient music - but also very uplifting. Sparse real world here and there, but always embraced by a warm blanket of soft light. Makes us want to cuddle around a fireplace in a winter night with a cup of hot chocolate in our hand. Closing track 'Above' is a real gem. Runs for a little over ten minutes and covers mostly sci-fi soundtrack territory, which is something of a personal favorite around here. Could have been in Tarkovsky's 'Solaris' soundtrack and it would fit like a glove. James is a really talented musician who should not go unnoticed for he makes really amazing music capable of putting us into various states of dreamscape modes. With the perfect drug this can open portals to distant worlds too.
James released a previous album on the infamous CDR label U-COVER called 'Inter Alia'. If you enjoyed what you have listened here you should go and buy it immediately, because it is a limited edition. Also, keep your eyes peeled for another Entia Non album here at test tube, somewhere in 2008. Thanks for listening!» - Pedro Leitão


Downloads:

01 • Upon arrival ........................................................................... pt us
  [6'33'' • 7,19Mb • VBR]
02 • Watching the paint dry .......................................................... pt us
  [7'43'' • 11,0Mb • VBR]
03 • A Winter Plateau .................................................................... pt us
  [8'17'' • 2,62Mb • VBR]
04 • ABurning back in vacant fields .............................................. pt us
[8'37'' • 11,9Mb • VBR]
05 • Cultural Plagiarism ............................................................... pt us
  [7'33'' • 10,0Mb • VBR]
06 • Isthismytea ............................................................................. pt us
  [8'06'' • 7,0Mb • VBR]
07 • Hinterlund .............................................................................. pt us
  [6'08'' • 10,5Mb • VBR]
08 • Above ...................................................................................... pt us
  [10'11'' • 8,37Mb • VBR]
  • artwork ................................................................................... pt  
  [PDF-Zip • 3,95Mb]
  • all tracks + artwork ................................................................ pt us
  [Zip • 72,3Mb]

Reviews:

«Your sounds are a pleasure for audiophiles like me. my favs are Upon arrival, Cultural Plagiarism, Hinterlund and Above.»
- fly2bfree [Archive.org] / March 23, 2011

«Honey-coloured Field-recordings | Entia Non is James McDougall from Australia. For his first album at the lively Test Tube Netlabel, he’s stacking several layers of field-recordings, tape loops and vinyl crackling to build dense pieces of Ambient that breath the lukewarm air of a late summer afternoon. Just right for a cold Winter’s day!
Often I wonder why so less musicians care about their artworks. In case of “Distal”, the latest Entia Non-record after two CDRs at U Cover Records (Lackluster, Milieu, Ten & Tracer), Test Tube prove intuition by choosing a photo of a sunlit cornfield. That’s exactly what “Distal” sounds like. James’ multilayer music incorporates many elements and moods, ranging from pulsating calmness (”Burning Back in Vacant Fields”) to medium menace (”Cultural Plagiarism”) and evident beauty (”A Winter Plateau”). Especially in the first half of the album, musicality and experimentalism are in good ratio. As an EP, “Distal” would have been quite perfect; sad enough I can’t avoid to notice that some of the later tunes have a certain tendency to drown in reverb. A good Ambient-release nevertheless.»
- Bettina Rhymes [Phlow Magazine] / January 18, 2008

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