VULPIANO RECORDS, North Hive – Arrow (VULP-0073)

CoverNorth Hive – Arrow (VULP-0073)

Following up from 2014 Vulpiano release Immersion, the latest North Hive offering is an ethereally beautiful soundscape in two tracks that recalls both the natural and the sublime.

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Note about release from North Hive:

I think, while working on this release I’ve finally approached the line beyond which my own role in the process of creation is minimized. During two working months the overall concept was changed so many times, that I’ve finally realized there’s no need for it. Sometimes the material seemed to evolve separately, on its own, leaving me only a mechanical work to record what was happening.

About project:

North hive is an electro-acoustic project established on May 2012 in Saint-Petersburg. The project is vigorously developing within such directions of electronic music as Ambient, Drone and Soundscape. Great attention is paid to details of the sound atmosphere and timbral modulation. The project is principally engaged in studio work and sound design, and takes part in different audio-visual installations as well.


1. Falling Garden

2. Standalone Complex

All Sound & Music by Anton Berkov (North hive)

Cover art photo by Victor Sukhorukov (


North hive – Snow melting time (2013)

North hive – Cera Alba (2013)

North hive – Immersion (2014)

North hive & Tile shore – Homeworld (2015)

North hive – Gaia (2015)

North hive – Arrow (2016)


VULPIANO RECORDS, Thorn1 – The Leave of Leaves (VULP-0072)

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Thorn1 is experimental drone, shoegaze, post-rock project of Evgeny Zheyda from Siberia Russia.

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Note from Evgeny Zheyda:

This album finally threatens to regenerate into something you do not expect. I tried to put maximal honesty and sincerity in The Leave of Leaves and to create music I want to listening to. Without any allowances.

From post-punk to enveloping drone and post-rock, from electronic to raw guitars. But it’s not a post-rock, it’s not a slowcore, it’s not fully lo-fi indie. And it’s not willfully eclectic unlike previous albums, and the sound is now much more serious. The Leave of Leaves has a stem and base, tangible from any point.

I believe that this is a pop music of post-modernity, its leitmotif – the cultural and social exclusion. Chopped phrases in Russian and English bares an internal confusion and retrospective look in which I found myself. The farther into the forest, the inaccessible reference points becomes, the more foreigner you become into the forest, the more blurred distant voices heard. The Leave of Leaves is an attempt to build a hut and call someone to become your guest. At least a couple of birds.

Names, distances and dates.
We will forty, there will be rain,
Warm August and thunder.

The album is a logical development of the concept a musician uses for several years. His first works were recorded on a cheap mp3-recorder and were quite harsh lo-fi. Now the primary device is a smartphone (quality defects hardly noticeable – thanks to the experience). Perhaps an author still have to move into the studio and to polish music finally.

Recorded, mixed and mastered in september of 2014 – june of 2015 at home.


Evgeny Zheyda – all
(except ‘14-40’ – Innokenty Annensky (1855-1909) – lyrics partially).

Visha Echo – covertags


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VULPIANO RECORDS, Raúl Díaz Palomar – Maqbara (VULP-0071)

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The second beautiful instrumental soundtrack from composer Raúl Díaz Palomar to feature on Vulpiano Records, the first being Poder Contra Verdad in 2013, is for another José Ramón Rebollada film: Maqbara. Successfully crowdfunded onVerkami, Maqbara tells the story of the Muslim community’s social and cultural impact in Avila, Spain in medieval times and the archeological unearthing of the Muslim cemetery, the maqbara, in 1999. The film premiered in Ávila on February 26th and 27th, 2016 at the Convention and Exhibition Center Lienzo Norte.

You can find out more about the film on Twitter and Film Affinity. Links to stream or download Palomar’s soundtrack, as complex and powerful as the tale, and further notes from the composer are below.

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Raúl Díaz Palomar – everything

Rubén Arroyo – cover art

Thanks: Fayez Saidawi

More information on the film from Film Affinity.

Notes From composer Raúl Díaz Palomar in Spanish and English:

(EN) A selection of the music that I made for “Maqbara” documentary, directed by José Ramón Rebollada.

“Maqbara” is a documentary film which aims to explain the historical and cultural importance of the Moorish community in Avila, and also relate the political intricacies that ruined the place, a very unknown and surprising story. “Maqbara” has the aim to relate with precision and accuracy that process, which had important social and cultural impact on the city.

Mudejars were Muslims who lived and integrated into the Christian kingdoms until the Catholic Kings enacted the pragmatics of expulsion or forced conversion to Christianity in 1502.

The most important mudejars community in the Kingdom of Castile was from Ávila, both quantitatively and qualitatively. For 200 years they were an active and peaceful community that left cultural footprints in the city. The most important material testimony that remained was their “maqbara”, the Muslim cemetery was discovered archaeologically in 1999. It is so far the most important Muslim medieval necropolis discovered in Spain, 3,171 corpses were exhumed in total.

The discovery of the archaeological site occurred following the project to urbanize the area where it was located. After the finding, there was a controversy centered on whether or not retain the maqbara and create a cultural park to remind the presence and importance of the Avila Mudejar community.

This position was held by multiple specialists, entities and Spanish and foreign institutions, including the universities of Valladolid, Salamanca, Madrid and Oxford, or the Ministry of Culture of France. Despite these pronouncements both the municipal government of Avila and the regional executive from Castilla y León chose to fully excavate the site, document and destroy it, in order to build the planned urbanization.

(ES) Esta es una selección de música que hice para el documental “Maqbara”, dirigido por José Ramón Rebollada.

“maqbara” es un documental con el que se pretende explicar la importancia histórica y cultural de la comunidad mudéjar en Ávila, y también relatar los entresijos políticos que dieron al traste con el yacimiento, una historia muy desconocida y sorprendente. “maqbara” tiene la pretensión de relatar con precisión y veracidad ese proceso que tuvo importantes repercusiones sociales y culturales en la ciudad.

Los mudéjares fueron los islámicos que vivieron integrados en los reinos cristianos hasta que los Reyes Católicos promulgaron la pragmática de su expulsión, o conversión forzosa al cristianismo, en 1502.

La comunidad más importante de mudéjares en el reino de Castilla fue la de Ávila, tanto cuantitativa como cualitativamente. Durante 200 años fueron una comunidad activa y pacífica que fue dejando sus huellas culturales en la ciudad. El testimonio material más importante que hubo fue su “maqbara”, el cementerio musulmán que fue descubierto arqueológicamente en 1999. Es hasta ahora la necrópolis medieval musulmana más importante de las descubiertas en España, se exhumaron en total 3.171 cadáveres.

El descubrimiento del yacimiento arqueológico se produjo a raíz del proyecto de urbanizar la zona en la que se encontraba. Tras la constatación del hallazgo se produjo una polémica centrada en la necesidad o no de conservar la maqbara y crear un parque cultural que recordase la presencia e importancia de la comunidad mudéjar abulense.

Ésta fue la postura defendida por múltiples especialistas, entidades e instituciones españolas y extranjeras, entre ellas las universidades de Valladolid, Salamanca, Complutense de Madrid y Oxford, o el ministerio de cultura de Francia. A pesar de esos pronunciamientos tanto el gobierno municipal de Ávila como el de la Junta de Castilla y León optaron por excavar íntegramente el yacimiento, documentarlo y destruirlo para poder materializar la urbanización prevista.

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vulpianosamplerepvolumevVulpiano Records – Sampler EP Vol. 5 (VULP-0070) collects music from the label’s releases from September 2013 through February 2016. Ambient and experimental, catchy rock, dream pop, and drone all mix here together in harmony. Please enjoy the independent spirit of our artists and feel free to share the music with your friends.

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1. Bisamråtta – “Hud Uppfatta”

2. Raúl Díaz Palomar – “Derribo II”

3. North Hive – “Immersion”

4. J.G. Hackett – “Bootleg Romanticism”

5. Natural Snow Buildings – “You’ll Become What You Fear the Most”

6. J.G. Hackett – “Shadow Torture”

7. Bisamråtta – “Manetar”

8. Ava Zandieh – “Heavy Haze”

9. Marilyn Roxie – “Indigo”

10. DYR FASER – “Estranged”

Check out Vulpiano Records Sampler EPs Vol. 1, Vol. 2, Vol. 3, and Vol. 4.

Vulpiano Records logo designed by Solange Gularte of Natural Snow Buildings.