Illusion of the Tale

by Phaeleh

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night-tourist One of the most beautiful ambient albums I've heard. Nostalgic, peaceful, transcendent. Favorite track: Ghost Theory.
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the8thchild you don't often get to hear artists step well outside of their usual genre, and even less frequently is it enjoyable. but this instrumental offering of ambient soundscapes is incredibly detailed and perfectly executed. this is easily on par with artists like Carbon Based Lifeforms or Sounds From the Ground that specialize in this genre. however, i DO recommend removing the last track of space whale noises before putting this on your sleepytime playlist ;) Favorite track: Absence of Light.
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mackmcash This album is a relief in my daily life, I always find myself coming back to it! One of Phaelehs most unconventional, yet outstanding albums. Favorite track: Child of the Lake.
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    1 - Orbits
    2 - Eternal Sleep
    3 - Frequency
    4 - Ghost Theory
    5 - Absence of Light
    6 - Secrets
    7 - Day of the Divide
    8 - In the Emerald
    9 - Forever One
    10 - Visions
    11 - Blue Night
    12 - Child of the Lake
    13 - Origins
    14 - District
    15 - Frozen Sky
    16 - The Darkest Return

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Orbits 03:05
Frequency 04:27
Ghost Theory 06:08
Secrets 07:15
Forever One 01:42
Visions 08:15
Blue Night 06:31
Origins 03:37
District 08:04
Frozen Sky 06:23
Hypnos 11:24


Matt Preston aka Phaeleh reprises the sounds of his 2014 album ‘Somnus’ with a second long playing ambient deviation. Intended as a soundtrack to explore the perception of self-importance, ‘Illusion Of The Tale’ operates with a reduced sonic palette of effected live synthesiser workouts and experimental recording techniques infused with worldwide field recordings.

The majority of ‘Illusion Of The Tale’ is based heavily on live synth recordings, recorded live with inherent human mistakes and imperfections kept in to avoid the heavily repetitive process of working 'in the box'. A selection of tracks are recordings using Phaeleh’s live show setup, which resamples and manipulates existing material. Some are constructed using more traditional composition - ‘In the Emerald’ is a live piano recording and live doubling of that part with classical guitar - whereas others are strongly experimental - ‘Origins’ is made from his thumb holding the end of a cable running through a pedal board, then looped and pitched down.

Layers of field recordings were added to the tracks to create a sense of noise or the real world. Recorded over a few years, collecting these sounds took Phaeleh from Bristol cemeteries, libraries in Wiltshire and Welsh rock pools to getting lost in the Costa Rican rainforest, riding the Hong Kong MTR underground, walking through cicadas in Colorado and watching Melbourne skateboarders. Ideas for the album’s cartographic artwork, evocative of the minimalism movement, started flowing after the music was mostly finished; informed from the idea of recordings from around the world and the travels that accompanied them.

Since his debut release in 2008, Phaeleh has developed an inimitable style of electronic music, cementing his position as one of the most consistently exciting producers to emerge from his hometown of Bristol. He returned from a hiatus this spring with the ‘All That Remains’ EP; five tracks ranging from icy house dystopia, heartbreaking solo piano, garage roots explorations, classical themes and guitar driven melancholia - supported by DJ shows at Motion, Bristol and Fabric, London. ‘Illusion of the Tale’ satisfies the demand for new music from his incredibly dedicated fan base and cleans the palate for a new full artist album currently in development.

“The album title is my polite way of saying we live in a world of bullshit and bullshitters. Essentially I feel we all live in a constant lie, whether it be our Facebook profile pictures, the need to present our lives as perfect, with good looking partners, intelligent children, the perfect job etc. People feel the need to present their situations as being something they're not. We all suffer. We all have setbacks and difficulties, but we live in a world where people always want to pretend everything is fine. I feel that the music provides a chance to pause and escape the illusion of the everyday lie we present not only to the world but also ourselves. One of the most important things I did was embrace the ultimate pointlessness of all our existences in the grand scheme of the universe. I still believe that we should make the most of our time here and lead positive lives and be nice human beings, but I do find it funny that we as a species think we matter, when really we don't. So I guess it's my way of saying nothing really matters, stop pretending everything is perfect, and let go of this collective lie and just take some time to chill the fuck out. I want the album to be an escape from everyday lives. I want it to be a soundtrack for people to let go.”
- Phaeleh


released October 14, 2016


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Phaeleh Bristol, UK

Since his debut release in 2008, Phaeleh aka Matt Preston has developed an inimitable style of cinematic electronic music, which floats between the shifting tempos and timbres of dubstep, garage, electronica and house music. Phaeleh’s last three epic releases have cemented his position as one of the most exciting and consistent producers to emerge from his current hometown, Bristol. ... more


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