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Album Cover, Wax Ephemeral, Rachael Philip

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Written, Performed and Produced by : Rachael Philip

Trumpet: Jan Schroeder

Cover Art: Aurora Noguera

Wax Ephemeral is a sonic tribute to the carousel of life, death and revival into new forms, in a diverse but interconnected network of beings and organisms.

A largely self-performed work, the album features cracking ice, insects, mechanical objects, cello, piano, guitars, voices and percussion.


Pink Wafer:

"...the record is absorbing and immersive. Philip’s sound worlds are strikingly visual. Textures mesh seamlessly to evoke the natural world [with] sounds that suggest decay, birth, light and growth call to mind spaces free from the trappings of language, culture, and ideas."

Echo Room:

"The album employs shimmering textures and sounds that reflect energy and movement on a microscopic scale, evoking decaying leaves, dividing cells and vibrating atoms, and seeks to view this as a microcosm for a wider, industrial frame.

With a range of skills in her arsenal, the project was very much a solo mission with Rachael having performed almost all instrumental parts as well as completing all producing, mixing and mastering. The album features cello, guitars, percussion, voices (treated and non-treated), her various original recordings from forests, hillsides and streams as well as everyday items and mechanical objects"

High Clouds:

“Relics In The Ice” is the sort of song that would play in the less distressing scenes of an Adam Curtis documentary, working as proof that there is a counterpoint to all the pain and misery in the world.


A&R Factory

"You will hear the latter laden in the minimalist, accordant progressions.

Hitting play on the dreamy instrumental landscape, complemented by birdsong, is a sure-fire way to get a potent hit of catharsis. The climbing progressions may be gentle, but Relics in the Ice is as transcendent as electroacoustic ambient neo-classic work gets."

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