Inhabiting the space that lies somewhere in between electro-ambient/drone, shoegaze, and krautrock. Hamilton’s Electroluminescent has been creating warm and fuzzy soundscapes for over ten years. Weaving layers of melodic guitar, synthesizers and percussion into a mass of sound that is familiar and inviting but is still just outside of an instantly definable space. After numerous limited edition releases on respected labels (chat blanc and tqa), Black Mountain Music is happy to finally bring the first vinyl (and first full length since 2004) from Electroluminescent.
The project began in a bedroom in early 1998 and stayed hidden away through three self released full lengths and four years. An opening gig with Surface of Eceyon finally brought Electroluminescent from the bedroom to the stage. Since then shows alongside artists such as Silver Mt Zion, Sianspheric, Simply Saucer, Early Day Miners, Holy Fuck, Below the Sea, Woodhands, Toshack Highway, A Northern Chorus & Polmo Polpo… across Ontario and Quebec as well as two tours of Europe have earned a reputation as more than a studio project, a dynamic live act reinventing recordings into “mesmerizing, 40-minute long epics that shift and change through rocking, rhythmic passages, to ambient explorations, to distorted feedback freak outs.”
Montreal Mirror March 2, 2006
"They say layers are the best protection against Canadian cold, and Hamilton's Ryan Ferguson takes that advice to heart. He specializes in wrapping languid guitars and keyboards in effervescent reverb and fuzz, creating ethereal soundscapes anchored by slowly soaring melodies."
Toronto Star December 3, 2006
"The compound moniker that one-man-band Ryan Ferguson has chosen to record under is more elegantly efficient than any other more expansive characterization of his music could be. The music both pulses and drifts, and exudes some of the same twinkly warmth for which the German label Morr Music has become well known. In a word, electroluminescent."
Ryan Ferguson Band Member