So far, the releases on Submarine Broadcasting Co. look something like this:
- The ‘One String Inspiration’ compilation benefit for Syria Relief
- The ‘Traumnovelle’ EP by Beltism
- The ‘Songs from the Imaginary Dancehall’ EP by Beltism
- The ‘Post:Soc’ compilation benefit for Depaul International homelessness charities
- The ‘Swagger’ EP by Beltism.
The vision behind One String Inspiration was to push the artists outside their comfort zones; we challenged the artists to incorporate a home-made instrument or a found object – strings, wind, percussion, anything at all – that can be processed in any way but must be prominent in the mix. The end result was an album of exceptional creativity, sometimes melodic, sometimes experimental and sometimes frankly plain disturbing. The compilation raised a decent amount of money for Syria Relief, boosted by our decision to make it available on physical CD, rather than just digital download only. You can listen to and buy One String Inspiration from its own Bandcamp site, here:
Having done the legwork of setting up a netlabel, it seemed foolish not to use it for our house band, Beltism. Unfortunately Beltism don’t fit neatly into any bag: sometimes it’s ambient, another day Krautrock, the next it’s EDM. We do try to make the EPs vaguely thematic but it’s all driven by our ever-changing moods. All but the latest release is ‘pay what you want’, over at Bandcamp: Beltism Discography
After the success of One String Inspiration, we launched Post:Soc, a compilation of thoughts, comments and reactions to our “post-everything” society. More about Post:Soc in a later update.