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The Sleeping Earth is a postscript to the first four albums at Arboreal Digest: Milieu, Of The Apple, Sun White Sun and A Warm Wooden Hollow. It compiles music made during and soon after those four albums' gestation, and stands solidly as an album itself, despite its separate origins.

The first ten tracks are taken from the Grassland Melodies split with Quosp, which originally appeared at Rope Swing Cities in 2006. These pieces inhabit a unique space that is equal parts Beyond The Sea, Of The Apple and early Coppice Halifax, with a very Teenager-like guitar piece thrown in.

Tracks 11/12 originally were commissioned for a compilation, though I cannot be certain if it ever came out. They were recorded about a month following Night Currents' release at U-Cover in Belgium, in 2006, and hinted at the direction Milieu recordings would largely go by the end of that year.

Track 13 was commissioned for an ongoing series of singles called 13 Weeks Of Summer, at Attacknine Records in 2007. It was the first single in the series, and bears some resemblance to my two guitar pieces on the four-way split Traveling at Sunrise Acoustics.

Track 14 is a previously unreleased outtake from the Milieu sessions in 2006. Likely left off the album because of its length (the Milieu album ended up being seconds short of 80 minutes long) and also perhaps for its resemblance to other tracks on that album. Here, however, it shines as a beautiful and sad gemstone, embedded in the key that unlocks this surreal tableau.

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released December 4, 2015

W/P by Brian Grainger. #1-10 and 14 recorded at 114RKD, 2006. #11-12 recorded at Foxhill, 2006. #13 recorded at 114RKD, 2007. Photograph taken by Brian, Foxhill, 2007. This is Milieu Music number AD23, and 23rd in the Arboreal Digest reissue catalog.

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