Cousin Silas is the stage name of my musician friend David Hughes; it comes from a character in the song Happy Family on the Lizard album by King Crimson. His music mainly comprises ambient soundscapes which range from short pieces to dronescapes of over an hour in duration. He is very prolific and many of his albums are released on my friend Thomas Mathie’s netlabel weareallghosts which focusses primarily on ambient music, although he also releases albums on other labels.
Here is some of my photography set to music from the album East
Below are some links to some of my favourite Cousin Silas albums:
Adrift off the Islets of Langerhans was my introduction to Cousin Silas and remains a firm favourite that I often go back to. The album was remastered (with the addition of a bonus track) and re-released in 2020, you can find it here.
East is a great album to give you an overall feel for Cousin Silas’ music, and this is an enduring favourite for many people.
When asked to describe his music, his reply ended with a question mark: Aural objet d’art, soundscapes from life, aural photographs, auditory journeys, phonic escapism, neural escapism?
In a similar vein, when asked which instruments he plays, he replied: All of them! Guitars and soft synths, a couple of guitar pedals, and a few jugs of coffee.
You will find Cousin Silas’ music on a number of netlabels, but (since 2019) he has his own – The Cousin Silas Emporium.
Please note this page is a work in progress.