by encomiast

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    CD with rice paper insert and vellum sleeve. Limited edition of 300 units

    Includes unlimited streaming of self-titled via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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Encomiast have been harvesting an audience of enthusiastic music fans for almost a decade now. With six full-length releases, 2 EP’s and half a dozen compilation appearances, Encomiast are one of the most highly regarded and prolific artists in the dark ambient/drone genre. For this Self-titled CD - Encomiast mined their extensive early recordings and un-released material to compile, edit and re-master six tracks that give a glimpse into where it all started. Lens Records released Encomiast’s Winter's End CD in 2001 - a release recently described as ‘a delirious blend of dark dreamy blackened drones and shimmering cinematic ambience’ - the tracks on Self-titled revisit much of the same sonic territory.

“The closer we listen...the more interesting this becomes. And the louder we play it...the higher our mental elevation.” - Rating: 5+ : LMNOP

“I remember when they sent me their album off of … they were fucking great then and they’re even more fucking great now." : Editor's Pick -

“I've got to rank this one up there … this is one of the good ones. Definitely worth a listen." - Rise and Revolt

“If you're into a bit of introspective relaxation and taking a guided journey into some of the darker corners of that broken-beyond-fixing thinking machine of yours, then give this a go." -


released August 28, 2007

Composed and recorded by Ross Hagen and Nick Paul spring 1999, edits 2006.


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lensrecords Chicago, Illinois

Lens Records is a Chicago based record label created to help support and distribute the works of artists who prefer to work with a smaller, artist driven label. The label has released a variety of work in different genres including ambient, experimental, dark ambient, electronic, rock, modern classical, electroacoustic and field recordings. ... more

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