Tangents CD Series

Desire Path Recordings is pleased to introduce Tangents: an ongoing CD format series designed with the intention of presenting long-form work not appropriate for the vinyl format. Occasionally veering off from our chosen Pathways, we hope these sprawling works buoy your heart and mind on long walks, unfettered reflection, or in the absorption of life. Although the vinyl format remains our focus and passion, we believe these exquisite works deserve to see the light of day, or the dark of night.

Tangent001: Nicholas Szczepanik – Not Knowing CD/Digital


We are pleased to present the first release of our Tangents CD Series from Nicholas Szczepanik entitled Not Knowing. Originally released as an 18 minute piece for the Ante Algo Azul series, Not Knowing has been expanded to a 53 minute masterwork. As each minute of the work unfolds, the music blossoms and the petals unfurl to reveal a constant and evolving beauty. A slow and steady throb lulls the listener into a soft molasses; a spark is ignited, becomes a glimmer, before turning into an all-encompassing radiant glow. Presented in a 4-panel eco-wallet.
Dedicated to Eliane Radigue.

Not Knowing originally took shape as a shorter sketch released as part of the Ante Algo Azul series in 2011. After much deliberation between 2010 and 2013, the version presented here is as close to finished as I could reach. The piece was formed as a direct response to the haven not sought but found in Eliane Radigue’s music. In particular, L’Île Re-Sonante helped me get through a necessarily rough patch of what we tend to call life.
I am indebted to Michael Vitrano for liking the music enough to see this release through. The cover image is from painter Elizabeth Huey’s found photo collection. Layout and design were done by Chris Koelle and J. Aaron Greene. A special thank you is reserved for Emmanuel Holterbach. As always, I thank you for listening. – NS

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Tiny Mix Tapes (Chocolate Grinder Feature) - “an immaculate circular composition”

Anti-Gravity Bunny - “The highs are incredibly high, tearful & magnificent, glowing & intricate, and the lows are delicately hypnotic, with a precision in tonality that’s breathtaking”

Fluid Radio - “The drones, transcendent in tone, sing of massive stars and pillars of tinted dust.”

A Closer Listen - “Romantic in tone, Not Knowing freely opens itself up, blossoming into the sweetest of ambient-tinted kisses.”

Touching Extremes - “Dolorously ineluctable, beautiful to hear”

Anhedonic Headphones - “There are transcendental moments of beauty, fear, and heartbreak throughout.”

Brainwashed – “While the sketch of Not Knowing previously released stood powerfully on its own, Szczepanik expands on it in every way while keeping the emotional core of the piece the same.”

Hearfeel – “It’s a fascinating and an engrossing listen if you take the time to engage with the piece.”

Wajobu – “Auditioning long form musical works take time and with the many modern distractions it’s often difficult to dedicate an extended period to focused listening, but for Not Knowing I think you’ll want to make the time.”

Sputnik Music – “Rarely is a sound so sweet yet so perfectly personable: a fairytale love affair where the story and the characters don’t matter.”

Exclaim - “Glorious in nature and gargantuan in scope, Not Knowing must be heard to be believed.”

Dusted Magazine - “The music opens like a flower, offers up just the briefest vision of something personal and momentous, and then closes again.”

Music Won’t Save You (in Italian) – “avvolta in una filigrana di esile romanticismo”

Analog Sermon – “a beautiful work of spirituality, evoking thoughts of the vastness of the universe and our comparatively miniscule role within it”

Was Ist Das? – “a natural human journey inside the ear”

Tiny Mix Tapes - “The emotional effect of these furtive reproductions is one of fiendish intricacy, in that the ostensible aura of escape and otherworldly beauty is pervaded by a wearied defeatism, an inarticulate apprehension that what you’re experiencing is somehow illusory or mistaken, and that in the end, all that’s being achieved in Not Knowing’s captivating flights of fantasy is the dressing up of a biological, social, or universal beat that will grind us into the earth long before it will ever hoist us into the sky.”

Marcel’s Music Journal - “It’s crafted in a way that is so refined and so detailed that its inner beauty is revealed more and more after each minute. ”

Igloo Magazine - “it’s endowed with a subtle balance of chronostasis and constant micro-variation, shifting through new worlds with little consciousness of movement, but much transport.”

Hammer Smashed Sound - “I barely slept the entire night and was on the road by 10 that morning. About half an hour into the day’s barren drive, my partner was asleep and I found this melody haunting my mind. I was delirious with exhaustion, frustration, and anxiety. I was the sole driver on our trip by my own choice, and I felt more uncertain than I’ve ever felt. I could picture the two of us dancing in some sort of ethereal ballroom to the music, yet any safe or familiar place was as far away as I could imagine.”

Hawai – “Ahora no quedan más que rastros de aquella luz, no más que una repetición constante de timbres y pulsos metálicos segmentados que se confunden con aquel zumbido desconocido. La electrónica material ya se ha esparcido dejando detrás recuerdos de melodías ralentizadas.”

#2 – Anti-Gravity Bunny Top 20 Drone Records of 2014 - “A super minimal pulsing that sounds like a comatose heartbeat… An angelic harmony that could tear down the walls between warring nations… Gracefully moving back & forth between long form minimalism and refined euphoria.”

#10 – Magnet’s Best of 2014: Ambient

Cyclic Defrost – “Angelic tones ascend like gathering clouds climbing the mountainside, and finally, the eternal return: purring on a comfy afghan. The world fits into the smallest places.”