Mister Vapor – Return to Shangri-La AO№2
There’s a very limited amount of prints available (matte; 330gsm cardboard; 127×177.8mm²; 9 copies in total) that were originally produced as a pre-order bonus. Like the pre-order ones they are stamped on the back with the label logo and come in a Kraft-paper envelope – the exception being that they are NOT hand-numbered. (There are no additional shipping costs if you order a print with your copy of Return to Shangri-La.)
“Return to Shangri-La” is based on the undisclosed piece “Shangri-La” that was originally recorded in 2012 by the same artist, Mister Vapor (Thomas Park) who’s also better known as Mystified.
Both works share the same sound sources, though while the calmness of “Shangri-La” will partially come through, “Return to Shangri-La” (for which Mister Park chose the unusual term drone-essay) holds its ground as a different beast: this 52-minute long composition is the soundtrack to an incalculable, arduous attempt at returning to a save haven that was never meant to be forsaken.
James Hilton’s famous novel from 1933 “Lost Horizon” – origin of the term “Shangri-La” – influenced the packaging in several ways. Each copy is also accompanied by a quote that was directly cut out from a paperback edition of the novel.
Music – Thomas Jackson Park
Mastering – Fraser McGowan
Illustration – James Blanchard
Photography – Florian Koller
Design – AOsmosis
1st edition. 73 copies in total. Hand-numbered. Glass-mastered audio CD. Sturdy clothbound folder (red), foil-stamped on front and back (golden). Disc is held by a pocket of black elephant skin paper, accompanied by an original cutout from the 1988 paperback edition of “Lost Horizon,” attached to a printed inlay made from 250gsm Hahnemühle cardboard. Enwrapped in a printed dust jacket made from ivory-colored elephant skin paper.