Long Read Memories

by Whettman Chelmets

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Steve Hadfield
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Steve Hadfield Rich textured ambience with a powerful emotive core. Undoubtedly my favourite release to date from Mr Chelmets. Favorite track: Miller v. Alabama.
Elizabeth Joan Kelly
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Elizabeth Joan Kelly A chilling exploration of grief and catharsis; highly moving. Favorite track: Longread Memories Separated by Concrete.
Greg Nieuws
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Greg Nieuws This is an admirable feat by virtue of the courage it took to tell it alone. Add to that the fact that the music is engaging, compelling, and varied, and you have true gem. Favorite track: I Still Miss You When Thanksgiving Comes.
theronasaurusrex
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theronasaurusrex This release sprawls with ambient slow burners inspired by personal tragedy and growth. Favorite track: Longread Memories Separated by Concrete.
Basil
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Basil The fact that this is a deeply personal, and emotional, release shines through in every note and composition on this master piece. An album that needs to be listened to - not just played. And one that needs to be played in full - Not just one or two tracks. It doesn't do it justice when you do not listen to, and absorb it front to back. Matt outdid himself with this work of art, you miss out without it. Favorite track: The Devil DoubleCrossed You.
Allister Thompson
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Allister Thompson Lots of people make music that straddles the ambient/noise/post-rock genres, but few attach as much meaning, emotion, and conceptual thoroughness as WC does to his. The intensely personal theme only adds to the poignancy of this alternately ethereal and cathartically noisy collection. This guy only gets better each time out. Favorite track: I Still Miss You When Thanksgiving Comes.
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Culled from various recording sessions from around 2000 to now, I pen a letter to childhood's end and the scars and catharsis carried into adulthood.

My brother was arrested for murder in 1987. He was 17. I was 9. It was a singular event that triggered so many concentric circles of pain around so many people. He has grown. He is almost 50 now. He has facilitated the healing and dialogue of victims of crime with offenders. He is a Buddhist. He is still a juvenile life without parole offender, regardless of US Supreme Court rulings to the unconstitutionality of this sentence without consideration of age. We talk on Saturdays. We write. We share music and shows we are watching. I enjoy these talks.

But I struggle with this pain and this anger and this sense of injustice about everything. I work to make myself whole. This is a chronicle of that, utilizing field recordings of the events in question, media samples, and my own playing and arranging. It's a challenge to share, but something I must do. If you made it this far, thank you.

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released October 11, 2019

Recorded between 2000 and 2018 by Whettman Chelmets, utilizing guitar, software, semi-modular synth, field recordings, and any means of processing.

Arranged and mixed between July and November, 2018.

Additional mixing by Angel Marcloid. Mastered by Angel Marcloid at angelmarcloidav.com


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There are some amazing groups out there that do amazing things for juvenile justice reform. I encourage you to seek them out.

www.macarthurjustice.org
www.themarshallproject.org
www.sentencingproject.org

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