Fuzzy childhood memories, hot summers, tape degradation via "sunbathing" my cassettes on the back dashboard of my car, childish misspellings and non-word words, soft melodies over harsh drums, introspective psychedelia, even more introspective ambience, making a crappy Casio keyboard sound novel. These are just a few of the key elements that were in my mind when I recorded Songs We Found In The Sand in the sweltering summer of 2004, all of them seemingly unrelated but still carrying some kind of mental weight and as yet unfulfilled importance to me. I didn't know what I was doing, but I sort of knew what i wanted to do, and working toward it felt more right than any of the previous bands I'd played in from 1997 onward. So, listening to Songs We Found today, it certainly bears its share of naive moments - an unassuming fragile baby ego is coming into being, one that doesn't fully know what it's about yet. Milieu was a cool new name for a cool new project of mine at this point, and I hadn't quite cut my teeth on it enough to realize just how much music this project would really yield. While the album is scatterbrained, piecemeal and at certain points (for me) barely listenable, I've done my best to clean it up and make it presentable here, because it's important still. It was not only the first Milieu album with beats and melodies, but it was the reason I met so many talented people who helped inspire it and ended up inspiring later works too.
Included here is the original album, remastered from the original session recordings, and three additional cuts - Colorful Waves Go Up and White Sunshine, which were both recorded at the same time, but left off for some reason, and the original unedited version of As Summer Blooms, complete with an extra 2 minute song sewn onto the ending as a reprise of sorts. Three remixes also appear as bonus material - a Galerie Stratique assemblage of three album tracks, which is really a fantastic track even today, and two Clayton's Hideout-era remixes by Am-Boy, whose Floridian album helped inspire many of the melodies on this album.
released September 15, 2014
W/P by Brian Grainger. Recorded at 114RKD, April-July 2004. Remastered by The Analog Botanist at Botany Bay, August 2014. Original cover art designed by John-Paul Kramer. 3D cover art and Arboreal Digest cover art designed by Eric Adrian Lee. This is Milieu Music number AD15, and issue #15 in the Arboreal Digest reissue catalog.