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by peter james

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I first met peter james in 2008, during the halcyon days of MySpace before it fell into social media oblivion. In those days, peter was recording & releasing under the pseudonym 'still', and I was immediately drawn to the work he was doing and the stake in the ground that his music so firmly placed.

For me, peter's music has always ticked two very important (and oft-ignored) boxes in the ambient genre. First, it must tell a story and have a discernible arc that defines a “song”. A great deal of the ever-growing ambient music community seems to fall into the "wall of noise" trap - fade in on a murky, ephemeral chord...hold for 12 minutes...fade out. While peter's music is often decidedly minimal (in fact, deliberately so), there is always a recognizable beginning, middle and end: a tangible song arc that one can follow as it unfolds.

Second, the music must illuminate the artist that creates it. There must be a visceral connection between the song and the artist that is palpable in the music. Having had the genuine pleasure of calling peter an actual friend for many years (as in the traditional, we've-met-in-person-and-had-tea sense), I can confidently say that his music is an aural expression of the man. It's complicated, exacting, limit-pushing and scrapes ever so slightly along the edge of caustic at times. It is also honest, and sincerely beautiful.

I'm so very happy to release "senessence" on Aatma and to offer a physical version for only the second time in our label's short life. This is the (intended) last album by my dear friend and erstwhile musical muse, peter james. Please enjoy.

Geoff Stewart - Aatma


released September 5, 2019

music recorded, arranged, produced & mastered by peter james
all vocals by kind permission of Jenny Jo Oakley

photography by peter james
design by Steve Brand

with thanks to all who have supported me over the years, not least Geoff Stewart for his unwavering faith in my works.

profound thanks to Jenny Jo Oakley who graciously gave her blessings for me to rework some of her vocal parts from our “there is only now” sessions, and without whose amazing voice this would not have been completed.

peter james 2019


for more music by peter james, please visit peterjames9.bandcamp.com




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