Imaginary Softwoods Returns with Two New Albums

BY Josiah HughesPublished Mar 21, 2016

It's been quite a while since we heard from former Emeralds member John Elliott and his Imaginary Softwoods project, but the wait was apparently worth it. The synth wizard has now announced not one but two new releases.

First up is an anthology of loops called Gold Fiction Loop Garden. The eight tracks on the release were recorded live using analog synths, Mellotron and some effects units. The album was pieced together between 2014 and 2015.

Gold Fiction Loop Garden serves as a precursor to Annual Flowers in Color, the next album from Imaginary Softwoods. Annual Flowers is described as both a compilation and the proper full-length follow-up to 2011's The Path of Spectrolite.

An official write-up describes the album as such:

Annual Flowers in Color serves as a compilation of sorts; a scrapbook documenting some of the fruitful experiments happening in private over the years. Various styles including tape collage, spoken word, concrete structure and classic Softwoods ambience put this collection as close to a definitive album as could be despite the varying eccentric trajectories.

Both albums will receive a digital and limited cassette release on April 1. They'll arrive via Elliott's new Mineral Disk imprint. Listen to samples from both releases below.

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