Graintable Returns To Ransom Note Records With A Brand New Ambient Odyssey


Portland producer James Cooke aka Graintable makes a much-anticipated return to Ransom Note Records next month with his second album Universal Ash! Charting a course between epic drones and bubbling arpeggios, the follow-up to 2018’s Herons is an overwhelming experience that builds on its predecessor’s mind-altering ambient odysseys while casting its stylistic horizons even further. 

Recorded in a series of one-take hardware jams, Universal Ash speaks to the liberating creative power of chasing an idea with little thought as to where it might take you. As hinted at by the title, the album explores themes of loss, rebirth, ephemerality and truth. Various found sounds are scattered throughout, extracted from late-night YouTube wormholes or captured on Cooke’s trusty Tascam DR-40 field recorder.

Below you can stream ‘Tidewater’, the first track to be taken from the album:

Universal Ash tracklist:

A2 | Universal Ash
A3 | Tidewater
A4 | Dark Surface
A5 | For Charlie
B1 | Amarps
B2 | Morning Tapes
B3 | Vision Quest
B4 | Tea Forest
B5 | No Longer a Fragment

Universal Ash is out 12th July on digital / limited edition cassette, and you can pre-order it here.

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