A Strangely Isolated Place
A Strangely Isolated Place began as a music blog in 2008, and evolved into a longstanding mix series and record label. Loosely focused on electronic styles of ambient music, the sound on the label has been described as ‘ambient adjacent’, which also speaks of the desire to explore the many different forms, influences and evolutions ambient music has taken over the years.
Where are you from?
Earliest musical memory ?
Outside of figuring out my parents tape deck in the living room, I guess I remember being given a box of tapes and CDs by a family friend that kickstarted my collection. I later realized it included The Prodigy, Music For The Jilted Generation, which undoubtedly had a big influence on me (despite not knowing what a Narcotic Suite meant back then!).
Why did you start a record label ?
It seemed a natural evolution from the beginning as a music blog, to give a platform to the many artists I’d met who needed an outlet. I’ve also collected records since age 16, so it had always been a dream to get one pressed. It escalated quickly from the first one.
How would you describe the label’s sound ?
I never intended it to be described or pinpointed, as it’s music that comes into my life that I admire, nothing else is really considered. But I’ve recently adopted a term someone once used which summarizes for those that may need a lay up: ambient adjacent. You can find straight-up ambient in there, but I’m just as interested in playing on the edges of its definition, pushing it into other styles such as techno, trance, classical etc.
Some insight on the mix you recorded ?
There are no bigger influences on the label than the artists who have helped shape it so far, so this mix includes tracks from some of the artists who have released on the label over the past 10 years. But appearing here with earlier releases, in collaborations or under aliases (with the last track in the mix being the exception, which is instead a nod to the inspiration behind the naming of the label).