The newest material to get the remastered reissue treatment is the 20-track collection SUN BLEACHED PIANO, containing works from 2006 to 2008.
Starting with the IN HILLS MADE OF CLOUDS EP, from #1-6, it's evident that this music was Milieu's teeth-cutting on the sampled-breaks and weathered organ melodies aesthetic that later appeared on OUR BLUE RAINBOW, NEW DRUGS and came to a close on COLORTONE. Originally issued on a limited edition 3" CD-R at Earstroke Records in summer of 2006, these tracks also shipped with the first-ever Milieu stickers! They've been carefully remastered at Botany Bay, to bring out the finer details while still remaining plump and pleasantly bouncy for your stereos to vibrate to.
Bridging the gap between HILLS and the next release included here is the track AEROLINE, which was originally recorded in 2005, only to sit unreleased until Metanoia Media issued an updated recording of it for their 50th catalog release compilation in autumn of 2007. The original version contained samples of a pinball machine, although the final cut of the track presented here is a much more traditionalist affair with moody organ lines and sparse drum machine punctuation.
From #8-15 is the PILLOWTONE POEMS EP, initially recorded as a half-joke birthday present for my mother in law, who would always try to annoy me by asking when I was going to name an album after her. As such, PILLOWTONE was recorded from start to finish in about a week on a really terrible Compaq PC that was retrieved from an insurance office that was auctioning off their old machines. It too benefits greatly from the much-deserved remastering treatment applied here, retaining all the nuance of the melodies and effects processing in the original tracks, but being filled out with a depth and weight the tracks never seemed to have until now. This EP was originally issued at Milieu Music in 2006 as a simple papersleeve CD-R, then got an expanded second run at Unlabel for their Series 52 catalog later that year.
Tracks #16-18 were three bonus unlisted tracks included on the Unlabel edition of PILLOWTONE POEMS. They have always had names, but I've never mentioned them until now, because it's fun to keep secrets. The track SLOW BLUE NIGHT shares a melodic motif with the deep cut RED BALLOONS OVER A BLUE SHORE, which was recorded during the NEW DRUGS sessions and left off, to later appear on BENT APPLETREES 6. DREAMBOAT 2, as the name implies, is a reprise of DREAMBOAT, from the self-titled MILIEU album.
Finally, closing up the disc are two selected live cuts, the first being a dirty and playful rendition of SLOWFADE HIGH FIVE, performed at the Lab 30 festival in Augsburg, Germany back in autumn of 2007. The second is a performance of the OUR BLUE RAINBOW cut RAINY DAYLIGHT, played for a creaky country house full of sleepy people in Cayce, South Carolina back in 2006. It was the closing piece of the set and you can laughably hear me remind everyone afterward that the set ended, so they could pick themselves up off the floor. These live recordings were compromised by low-fidelity recording setups, so please be aware that although the greatest care was taken to remaster them, they exist as artifacts before they exist as pieces of music.
Additionally, a previously-forgotten live set recording from 2006 surfaced while searching for the masters of this material. It's been released as a companion piece to SUN BLEACHED PIANO here: milieumusic.bandcamp.com/album/live-at-birch-park