Milieu

Milieu

Real Name:
Brian Grainger
Profile:
Brian Grainger started making music somewhere after his parents' divorce in 1997. He played multiple instruments in a number of different bands and projects, teaching himself how to play guitar, drums, bass and keyboard without the aid of classical training. In 2001, Brian began dabbling in psychedelic and ambient music, and by 2002 he became interested in writing computer-produced (but still organic) songs. Doing simple recordings with a four-track, guitar, organ and a drum machine, he adopted the Parallax moniker and slowly progressed into a unique and expressive aesthetic for himself. By May of 2004, Brian had completed 6 albums under the Parallax name before retiring it and releasing music as Milieu. Brian currently lives with his wife Sophia and his pets in Columbia, South Carolina.
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Milieu Discography

Singles & EPs

MML100 Milieu Memory Hearth(CDr, EP, Ltd) Milieu Music MML100 US 2014 Sell This Version
Milieu Eisblau (EP) Milieu Music US 2016 Sell This Version
MML118 Milieu Sandgate(4xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Milieu Music MML118 US 2017
MML119 Milieu Soda Can Acid(3xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Milieu Music MML119 US 2017

Compilations

Milieu Bent Appletrees (Comp) Decisive Sound US 2006 Sell This Version
BOLT032 Milieu / ENV(itre) Milieu / ENV(itre) - The Tandem Series 5(CDr, Comp, Ltd) Boltfish Recordings BOLT032 UK 2006 Sell This Version
Milieu Wasted Magic In The Sound (Comp) Archaic Horizon US 2007 Sell This Version
none Milieu Bent Appletrees 2(CDr, Comp) Milieu Music none US 2007 Sell This Version
MML020 Milieu Bent Appletrees 4(CDr, Comp, Ltd) Milieu Music MML020 US 2008 Sell This Version
MML028 Milieu Paperbacks(CDr, Comp, Ltd) Milieu Music MML028 US 2008 Sell This Version
MML019 Milieu Bent Appletrees 3(CDr, Comp, Ltd) Milieu Music MML019 US 2008 Sell This Version
Milieu Bent Appletrees Six (Comp) Milieu Music US 2009 Sell This Version
Milieu Bent Appletrees Five (Comp) Milieu Music US 2009 Sell This Version
MML050 Milieu Pinwheel Carousels: Four Years Of Milieu Music(CDr, Comp, Ltd) Milieu Music MML050 US 2009 Sell This Version
MML076 Milieu Detuned Summer Yearbook: Singles & Remixes, 2005-2010(CDr, Comp, Ltd) Milieu Music MML076 US 2011 Sell This Version
AD6 Milieu Reverb Microcoma [Expanded](CDr, Album, Comp, Ltd, RE) Milieu Music AD6 US 2012 Sell This Version
RPMX Milieu Butcher Block Andromeda(50xFile, MP3, Album, Comp, 320) Recycled Plastics RPMX US 2014
AD20 Milieu Foxhill Pastels(CDr, Album, Comp, Ltd, RE, RM) Milieu Music, Arboreal Digest AD20 US 2015 Sell This Version
MX2 Milieu Plangent Liqueurs, Vol. 2: Melted Crayon Radioband(12xFile, MP3, Comp, 320) Milieu Music MX2 US 2016
RPC1 Milieu Polypsilon [Polytone Dual-Disk Edition](2xCDr, Comp) Recycled Plastics RPC1 US 2016 Sell This Version
MX3 Milieu Plangent Liqueurs, Vol. 3: Commissions For Milkbar & Blush(10xFile, MP3, Comp, 320) Milieu Music MX3 US 2016
MX1 Milieu Plangent Liqueurs, Vol. 1: Highwater Tape Boutique(12xFile, MP3, Comp, 320) Milieu Music MX1 US 2016

Miscellaneous

MMC004 Milieu Swirling Tinsel Singalongs(10xFile, MP3, 320) Milieu Music MMC004 US 2011

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killdadj

killdadj

August 7, 2016
really underrated artist. but thats fine. one of those gold finds when you finally discover it. i happen to stumbleupon the works of milieu when playing a game - eufloria on steam. really nice ambient sounds. agree with another user's comment with the cross between aphex twin and BoC. mixed with some techno vibes from nathan fake. fantastic.
brownox

brownox

June 2, 2013
Why Milieu doesn't come up in every discussion of prominent atmospheric ambient IDM artists is beyond me. He will from now on if I have my way.
One of the best artists that I had never heard about.
I have been listening to his prolific body of work and I haven't found one piece that hasn't been absolutely fantastic.

How lucky you are that you have now come across Milieu's Discogs page. You have found some hidden treasure.
DJ_Defcon

DJ_Defcon

April 15, 2007
edited over 10 years ago
Quality, quality music. Milieu is like a cross between Aphex Twin and Boards of Canada. Most of his ambient releases are incredibly beautiful and very original, using unique voice samples to add an atmospheric effect to his music. Albums like "Songs we found in the sand" have more Boards Of Canada-ish elements, i.e. trip drums with twanging synths and soothing chords in the backround. Highly reccomended, you might as well jsut go to his website now and download everything you can because it is worth it.
wfkroll

wfkroll

October 3, 2006
edited over 10 years ago
Possibly one of the most underrated electronic producers out right now. A true master of melencholy moods and mellow beats, Brian Granger has not only put out some of the best downtempo music in the last 5 years, but also most of it is free for download. A good place to start is on the Excellent Experimedia label and work your way foward to the vast collection of newer releases. Top choices IMO: Night Currents, In the hills made of clouds, Beyond the sea lies the stars, Songs we found in the sand, and Sun White Sun.

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