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Glass Labyrinth
Released 21st October 2018
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CREDITS
Music Written, Recorded and Produced by Aescer
Album Mastered by Imrae
Backing Vocals - Emily Hawley
Doctor - Alex Young

Recorded at The Lake Studio, Shallow Water Studios
Artwork by Michael Ford

Released 19th October 2018
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With thanks to Rosy McQuillan, Kai Makenna, Ieva Zapolskaitė, Adam Jackson, Emily Hawley, Alex Young, Dan Walters, Hayley Stubbs, Esther De La Ford, Jonas Lapinas, Rob Rideout, Jack Manning, William Poulter, Christine Avis and all Friends and Family.

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Nature vs Nurture
Released 26th October 2014
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Nature vs Nurture is Aescer’s 2nd official studio album. It was started in 2012 just after he released the now unavailable last album to “The Man Within” trilogy. Whilst writing and recording Aescer took a new approach and as the album progressed he got more and more disillusioned with his previous material. As the album recording drew to a close he quickly withdrew his previous trilogy and rereleased them as a single (and officially his debut) album, leaving space for Nature vs Nurture to find it’s place.

The album is much more intimate then Aescer’s previous material. Although the concept of the album is a fictional story, it draws heavily on Aescer’s own mental health and the final track - “Cri de Coeur” takes a step out of the story and was written as honestly as possible. During the writing process Aescer was struggling with his health and said he “found performing some of the songs very difficult. They were correct at the time of writing but during the immediate aftermath of the album just seemed wrong. A had to scrap a handful of songs from set-lists for a time.”

Nature vs Nurture tells a story of the albums narrator and his relationships over a period of time with a promiscuous female nicknamed Butterflies and how she provokes emotions linked to past relationships and past events. She introduces the narrator to a world or natural desire rather than the societal norms that we are nurtured to follow. Despite the voices heard on the album the songs are told in retrospect and we never hear the voice of Butterflies. Aescer got the name idea from a friend of his who had Butterflies on their mirror. In the music videos the character has a butterfly tattoo on their shoulder.

The albums looks at growing up and how our natural born innocence is slowly corrupted by the influences around us. It look heavily at mental health, self destructive behaviour, sex and sexuality and personal identity. Aescer says the album was “heavily influenced by the soundtrack to Pan’s Labyrinth. The soundtrack is based on a single lullaby which can be heard throughout the film.“ The album contains two primary motifs and a third motif as a variant of the second. They can be heard on almost every track throughout the album.

The album sees Aescer trying to push his boundaries musically both in reducing things down to their basic elements (such as Black Dress) and pushing the electronic side of the album (Alive by Analysis). The piano plays a much bigger role in the album, often carrying the themes. Unlike his previous material which was written, arranged and then taken into the studio, on this album Aescer said he “just sat down in the studio or at my keyboard setup with some lyrics and made music. There was often no plan. I just wanted the music to be free. Some songs such as Black Dress or Self Destruct at a very specific plan but most was just a question of ‘let’s see what happens’”.

Most of the album was recorded in Aescer’s home studio - The Lake. He recorded the piano at Huddersfield university and had the trumpet parts recorded remotely and emailed to him - “It was strange not having control over the trumpet part but Steph[anie MacDaniel] did a fantastic job in Pets.” The album was co-produced and masters by Aescer’s friend Imrae who had worked on the Echoes of Silence album with Aescer, along with fronting Broken Console, which Aescer played drums in - “he did a fantastic job. I’d send him the tracks finished in my mind, and he just came back to me with “that’s fine, do this to that and send me this” and every mix I sent him just came back better. He’s an amazing producer and we’ve known each other so long he just always knows exactly what I’m trying to achieve.”

CREDITS:
Music Written, Recorded and Produced by Aescer
Assistant Production and Mastering by Imrae
Backing Vocals by Eloise Kerry
Violoncello: Christine Avis, engineered by Aescer
Trumpet: Stephanie MacDaniel, engineered by Scott Pashley
Recorded at The Lake Studio, Shallow Water Studios
Artwork by Michael Ford

With thanks to Hayley Watson, Adam Jackson, Mhairi Jackson, Esther De La Ford, Rob Rideout, Daniel Walters, Anna Novero, Leonie Isdell, Abigail Taylor, Sophie Vickers, Sophia Taylor, Eve White, Gina Self, Ellen Sowerbutts and all Friends and Family.

Released 26 October 2014
Shallow Water Records SWR0011
Album length 65 minutes

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The Man Within: Echoes of Silence
Released 14th March 2014
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Echoes of Silence is Aescer's official first album. It contains re-recordings and edits of tracks found throughout what is now known as The Man Within Trilogy (The Man Within, Dreams and Beauty of Feeling). Aescer started the Man Within project towards the end of his time at Huddersfield University. He had a large collection of songs and in various styles and he slowly collated them and setup his label Shallow Water Records to release them across three different albums. Whilst working on Nature vs Nurture he became disassociated with a lot of the tracks found on the Trilogy and felt that they misrepresented him and at the start of 2014 he officially removed the album from his label. A handful of the songs he scrapped entirely, feeling they were much too “poppy” and “the lyrics didn’t fit with the music”. He began putting what was left together into a single themed album which became Echoes of Silence.

A few tracks were put aside as they didn’t fit the theme and some others were merged together (such as Echoes of Silence and Dreams becoming Echoes of Dreams). Aescer really struggled in getting the album into a structure that worked. With so much material the album became quite long and he had to lose the majority of an instrumental - Awakening - which can be heard linking Beauty of Feeling and Leaving Home together. He later released the piece as a video only track as an album promo. 5 Mile Walk (which was rewritten and now appears on Glass Labyrinth) was the most notable track that was removed but kept aside. Aescer felt that “the song was about something that didn’t fit the theme of the other tracks. It was an important track and I didn’t want to completely scrap it, but it wasn’t the right time to release it.” The album looks at the concept of identity, something Aescer was struggling with and looked into further on his follow up album Nature vs Nurture which he was working on at the time of releasing Echoes of Silence. The double-barrelled name was used to link it to his old material, but he view Echoes of Silence as the primary album title.

The original set of tracks were initially recorded in various studios. For the album Aescer reproduced a lot of the tracks with the help of his friend Imrae, who also mastered the album for him. Aescer said he “made two lists of the songs from the original three albums and separated them from the instrumentals. One list was tracks that had to be on the album, the other was songs that shouldn’t be - either because they didn’t work and should be saved for later, or in the case of most of them they were just old and I’d grown out of them. These tracks all got a bit of a makeover in the studio. Some bits were rerecorded, some bits just needed a gentle touch up and Imrae was perfect in helping as he’d heard the songs grow from scratch. Almost all the songs had been written and arranged on instruments and paper before they’d been taken into the studio first time, so it was really interesting trying to reimagine how the songs could be. After that it was a question of structuring the song with the instrumentals. Barefoot on the Grass and What Does it Mean to You had to be on there as did the opening to Light Black Eyes, which I latched on to the song. Echoes of Silence and Dreams also needed to be on and worked really well as a single track. [he] also wanted to get Awakening but I had far too much material and could only get a little snippet on. It was a shame the last few instrumentals couldn’t be fitted as well but maybe I’ll do something else with them one day.”

CREDITS
Music Written, Recorded and Produced by Aescer
Additional Drum Programming by Imrae
Backing Vocals provided by Mhairi Jackson
Instruments: Peter Chase, Ruth Burton, Sarah Tym (Vln); Ellie Dan, Megan Swinchin (Vla); Chris Ford, Jennifer Gorman (Vc); Anna Drysdale (Hrn), Josh Dibble (Trp), Alex Kyle (DB), Emily Taylor (Ob)
Voice Overs: Sophie Beardshall (Tracks 10 & 15), Charlotte Partt (Track 13), Christophe Vuillot (Track 15)
Thanks to Adam Jackson, Monty Adkins, Alex Tester, Nitin Sawhney, Eve White, Paul Wheeler, Liz Dobson, Jason Harper, all voices on track 12, all members of Huddersfield Acoustic Club and all Friends and Family.

Final Production and Mastering by Imraescer
Recorded at The Lake Studio, Shallow Water Studios
Released 14 March 2014 on Shallow Water Records, album length 79 minutes
Artwork by Michael Ford
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From the Ash Tree: Introducing Aescer
Released 27th April 2018
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After a break since the release of Nature vs Nurture, From the Ash Tree is an 8 track introducing CD as a precursor to Aescer's 3rd album Glass Labyrinth. From the Ash tree is a perfect way to get to know Aescer's music up to Nature vs Nurture. It contains 4 tracks remastered from previous releases, an acoustic recording of Butterflies a cover of Tube Music (written by Aescer's brother) and two original tracks exclusive to From the Ash Tree.

CREDITS
Mhairi Jackson - Backing Vocals on Narcissus (track 1)
Eloise Kerry - Backing Vocals on Coloured Lights (track 8)
Christine Avis - Cello on Self Destruct (track 6)
Tube Music (track 3) written by Chris Ford
All tracks written, recorded and produced by Aescer
Recorded at The Lake Studio, Shallow Water Studios
Tracks 1, 6, 7 and 8 remastered by Imrae
Tracks 2, 3, 4 and 5 mastered by Imrae
Artwork by Michael T Ford

Released 27th April 2018, Album Length 37 minutes
Shallow Water Records SWR0016
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Acoustic Labyrinth
Released 1st January 2019
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Let Go [Single]
Released 15th October 2018
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Narcissus EP
Released 30th December 2013
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Narcissus is the second official EP from Aescer following Lost Kingdom (2011). Similar to Lost Kingdom it follows a specific set of reording restrictions, this time sticking to electronic instruments (except for the voice) in the studio. With the exception of a few guitar parts everything was sequenced and engineered in the studio with almost no recording. The EP was written to push Aescers boundaries of electronic music, focuing more on tracks such as A Great Deceiver (The Man Within) and to work as an introduction to the 4th album Nature vs Nurture (2014). It was the first official collaboration of Imraescer outside Broken Console.

The artwork is dramatic representation of the albums themes of indulgence, depicting a girl surround by alcohol, cigarettes, and a hypodermic needle. Unlike Lost Kingdom but following his other three albums, it was designed by Aescer who tried to capture as many elements of self destructive self indulgence as possible. The artwork was designed to provoke rather than represent Aescer's own experiences. The photo features model Emily Tesh.

CREDITS
All tracks written and recorded by Aescer
Album Produced by Imrasescer
Addition drum programming by Imrae
Vocals on Track 1 performed by Mhairi Jackson
Artwork Designed by Michael Ford, with thanks to Emily Tech
Recorded and Mastered at The Lake Studio - Shallow Water Studios
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Lost Kingdom
Released 26th May 2011
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Lost Kingdom is Aescer's first official release. It was recorded live, written as an experiment for just piano and voice.

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Conceived, Written, Recorded and Produced by Æscer
Artwork by Ashley Kerins (www.tawfynn.deviantart.com)
Recorded and Mastered at The Stream Studio at The University of Huddersfield
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