Værøy

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In the summer of 2014 I spent 10 days on the beautiful island of Værøy which is located above the Arctic Circle and six hours ferry ride north of Bodø in Norway.

I had initially been invited to perform at the 2014 Midnight Sun Festival and used the opportunity to extend my stay and carry out field recordings for what would become this album. My concerns that the music could be a cheap imitation of ‘Arctic Ambient’ were alayed on arrival to a heat wave! Most of my time recording and performing on the island was spent in a T-shirt, sarong and sandals. Such a joy to experience near tropical weather with 24 hour sunshine for 10 days and near the North Pole.

There were a number of people who were particularly wonderful during my stay so here goes in no particular order: The beautiful people of Værøy who were so warm and welcoming, the organisers of the Midnight Sun Festival for inviting me to perform live and in particular to Marius, my expert artist liaison friend Sofia who is so cool, Mike and Ben and Al and Sammy and Ben and Travis who were great company. And a special thanks to Beate Kristine who helped a little with my geography when naming tracks for this album. As ever, many thanks to my family who happily endured another ‘Mick is busy working on an album so can’t talk’ extended period. Finally thanks to all who support my music and put up with me being a sometimes diva.

Love and light and all that hippie stuff.
Mick

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released April 16, 2016

All music, field recordings and design by Mick Shanahan

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miXile Waterford, Ireland

miXile has been working in the area of sound art / ambient electronic music since 1988. He has released 12 albums and regularly performs at festivals and events around Europe.

His music concerns location and travel and makes extensive use of field recordings.
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