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Opduvel Review of Cousin Silas – A Night in Centralia

A lovely review of A Night in Centralia from the Opduvel blog. Yes, it’s in Dutch, but assuming you’re using a browser later than Mosaic or Netscape Navigator that shouldn’t be a huge obstacle.

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Submarine Broadcasting Company, 2019

Het Engelse label Submarine Broadcasting Company is een onafhankelijk label dat zich specialiseert in experimentele, ambient- en arthousemuziek. Dat levert een breed palet aan muzikale uitingsvormen op en het label blijkt daarbij een goede neus voor kwaliteit te hebben. Niet alleen nieuw talent krijgt een kans, maar ook een ervaren muzikant als Cousin Silas, de naam waaronder de uit het Engelse West Yorkshire afkomstige David Hughes muziek maakt.

Dat doet hij al jaren en met een grote output, getuige de meer dan tachtig uitgaven die zijn uitgebracht bij verschillende netlabels. Vorig jaar verschenen bij Submarine Broadcasting Company de albums Sketches, Rough Drafts and Early Ideas en Radio Galaxies. In november 2018 volgde daarop Spirits of Afrodubism, een samenwerking van Cousin Silas en Glove of Bones. Het nieuwe album ligt echter meer in het verlengde van Radio Galaxies.

Dat betekent dat sombere, sobere en…

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Review of Alan Morse Davies – Hymns

Enlightened review from Yeah I know It Sucks

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Artist: Alan Morse Davies
Title: Hymns
Keywords: experimental ambient art progressive United Kingdom
Label: Submarine Broadcasting Company

I couldn’t sleep and pretty much bored of counting sheep. Luckily Alan Morse Davies popped up at the right moment with a solution: counting goats. As I counted the goats Alan Morse Davies brought a whole bunch of public domain records to compliment the dream world that I had finally reached. The goats had paraded by and jumped over a random fence quite successfully and now I was in a deep sleep enjoying the music selection of the past as presented, mixed and breath new life into it by Alan Morse Davies.

In my dream he stood behind a deejay desk, but instead of mixing and matching the usual beat orientated stompers into each other, he would spin the historic round sound of forgotten history, glueing them gradually like a collage of ghosts…

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News from the Conning Tower: Cousin Silas and Iyari

Two new releases this week, hand-crafted by artisans and curated just for you by our very own Captain Bob. First up is the new album from stalwart of the ambient scene, Cousin Silas. A Night in Centralia is an album of sombre, sobre pieces on different themes. Similar in tone to our previous Silas release Radio Galaxies this is firmly in dark ambient territory. Of course, as you would expect from Cousin Silas, it’s still utterly accessible and the musicianship is second to none.

Also out this week is our first release from Iyari, a guitar-based project from Josep Mateo in Catalonia. Ephire is an album of solo guitar + looper improvisations. It’s serene in places, building up to frenetic in others but full of atmospheric and lyrical music. We spoke to Josep to ask how he would describe his music and we agreed it was somewhere between post-rock and post-folk.

Currently Ephire is download only, we hope to be releasing it on CD in the very near future.

GOATS ‘Far Out’ Review from Monolith Cocktail

Monolith Cocktail Blog

Reviews Column: Dominic Valvona


Back after a short hiatus, my eclectic spread of recommendations and reviews features, as ever, a bumper edition of recent releases. There’s a suitably seasonal solo album from a Beach Boys imbued Mike Gale that wallows in the scorching rays, called Summer Deluxe; some live action from the Ottoman/Edwardian imbued period fusion of Arab and English music hall Brickwork Lizards, who’s new EP features a quartet of live recorded tracks from the St. Giles sessions; there’s a trippy psych peregrination hard sell from the Submarine Broadcasting Company in the form of a GOATS (not that one, this is another group entirely) cassette tape called Far Out; the latest beautifully, if despondently, articulated songbook from Oliver Cherer, I FeelNothing Most Days; the musical suite in all its glory from Bethany Stenning’s multimedia conceptual art film The Human Project, released via…

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New Release: GOATS ‘Far Out’

We’ve been publicising the new GOATS album for a couple of months now, so we’re absolutely delighted to announce its general release.

Far Out is GOATS’ second album, with a change of personnel and a change of direction. The core members Alan Morse Davies and Declan Owen remain and are augmented by Jorge Mario Zuleta on visuals, plus a number of guest musicians. Musically, there is the experimental feel from the first album, but much, much more: the album comprises a single 38 minute track containing elements of psychedelia, folk, Tuvan throat singing, all interwoven and drifting in and out of focus.

A psychedelic drone folk ambient noise radio station, not perfectly tuned, so that there is another psychedelic drone folk ambient noise radio station playing simultaneously. Requires repeated listening.
— Aeons And Monuments

GoatsCover BandcampWe’ve been really encouraged by the reception this album has received already, with radio play on A Duck in a Tree (resonance.fm), Chunky’s Choice Cuts (dapper.fm), In Memory of John Peel, Wonky Planet Wireless Show  and The Institute of Spectra-Sonic Sound, amongst others, and positive reviews in a number of blogs, including Houdini Mansions, Mystic Tape Deck, and Yeah I Know It Sucks.

We’re leading with a cassette format, available only from our Bandcamp store. Far Out is also available as a download from Bandcamp, iTunes and Amazon.

 

It feels like your using your personal super power of flight and sailing along above the earth hearing many disparate sounds and occasionally dipping in on different places around the globe for a closer listen.
— Albert E. Trapezoid

You can listen to and purchase Far Out here:

 
Do give it a spin.


But that’s not all. To accompany Far Out Jorge Mario Zuleta has also produced a full length video, entitled How to Cook a Queen. As befits a sister-piece to Far Out, it’s another psychedelic trip, surreal, spellbinding, disturbing and intriguing in equal measure. You can watch How to Cook a Queen here:

 

News from the Conning Tower: GOATS ‘Far Out’

Next month we have another big release, the much anticipated new album from experimental supergroup GOATS.

Far Out is GOATS’ second album, and it is a different beast from the first album. There has been a change of personnel, and this time the album is a single 38 minute piece; chief goat herder Alan Morse Davies describes it as a song cycle, more of which later.

We’re leading with a cassette release for this album; digital formats will be available from our Bandcamp store and selected other platforms. Note that due to the continuous nature of the music, the cassette is single-sided, so the second side is free to do with what you will. We recommend trying to record your favourite tracks from the top forty, but without the DJ’s voice on the intros.

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There are already some excellent reviews of ‘Far Out’ (like Albert E. Trapezoid and Mystic Tape Deck which both brilliantly capture the spirit of Far Out, but if clicking on those links is way too tricky, here’s the SBC take: Far Out is like a journey, or perhaps a trip (remember kids, drugs are bad!) where you’ll encounter found sounds, shimmering ambient canvasses, complete songs, bent circuitry, all overlapping and merging, occasionally crystallizing into focus before disappearing from view and being replaced with something new. It’s experimental, but accessible, Dadaist but emotional. Go with the flow, let it wash over you, drink deep and you’ll discover a truly unique work of art.

Available at special pre-order prices here.

 

News from the Conning Tower: Nerja Sound, A Love Song and future presentations

Hello. Yes, not dead. Been busy.

Unless you have managed to avoid our social media onslaught, you will be aware of our latest big album, a collaboration between elegantly wasted guru and all-purpose troubador t.r. hand and anarcho-syndicalist sommelier and multimedia artist Glove of Bones. Entitled Nerja Sound it’s a brilliant postcard from southern Spain, experimental but very accessible, genre-defying but melodic. As well as the unholy duumvirate of Messrs Hand and Bones, it features a number of acclaimed guest musicians including Cousin Silas, Glauber K. de Souza and Jaime Munarriz.

Check out the album here:

Our other recent release was from newcomers to SBC, Antonella Eye Porcelluzzi and Simone Santarsiero, with a stark and sombre audio poem, A Love Song. It’s a maxi-single containing two mixes, the original Nico-esque version and the more radio-friendly Melodic Mix. 

Listen to A Love Song here:


We have a number of delights in store over the next few months. Lots of work to do, i’s to dot, t’s to cross, dreams to shatter, but two that we think we can safely share are the debut album from Modwump, working title Animal Bitrate, and the second album from the ever-wonderful GOATS: Far Out.

(Spoiler alert: We’ve heard Far Out and it’s proper drop-dead brilliant. GOATS spit on your ‘difficult second album’ lore)

More on both of these releases soon.

Keeps Me Alive – review of Manipulant ‘Sundries And Souvenir’

A lovely review from the lovely people at Keeps Me Alive of our lovely latest release. Lovely.

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Folks! Manipulant is back! Today, February 14, 2019, sees the release of a retrospective of the past couple of years of Manipulant’s work, along with one new song, too!

I’ve been privileged to have a copy of this release here in the KMA Eastern offices for a wee while in advance of the release, and I must say it is amazing to have so much great music in one place. I wondered how the tracks would sound, taken out of context of the original releases, but I needed haven’t worried as it all flows beautifully. Top to bottom this collection showcases the energy and strong, highly creative work of Manipulant in full stride. 

As an added bonus, there’s one new track here,  Melted Roses, Invisible, which happily pops along on a buzzy bassline over busy drums and occasional guitar stabs and a Tom Waits-ish vocal bit. When he says…

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News from the Conning Tower: Wilfried Hanrath and Manipulant releases

Two new releases to tell you about. First up and out now is the the beautiful new album from Wilfried Hanrath, Glow.

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Glow limited edition digipak. Rather lovely.

Available in a beautiful limited edition digipak, Glow is an album of captivating and mesmerising music. The music comprises improvisations based on, and re-workings of, the music of Matt Getchell (Matt and Wilfried release music collectively as The Hauchzart Ensemble). Alongside Wilfried, guest artists include Cousin Silas, Walloff Domberg, ./noise and Leonel Cardoso.

In places experimental, sometimes ambient, but always melodic and accessible, Wilfried’s music defies traditional genre classification. Listen to an excerpt here:

 


Fresh! New! Exciting! Available to pre-order now is the new album from Manipulant. Sundries & Souvenir is a retrospective of the last three years of Manipulant music, including some new mixes and brand new songs. We wanted to push the boat out for this release, so we’ve tried ensure a format for everyone. So that means:

  • Vinyl
  • Cassette
  • CD
  • Digital download

And… [drum roll]

  • 8-track cartridge

Yes, we went there. Yes, we are hipsterer than thou. Get over it.

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What’s the last 8-track you bought?

You can hear some tracks from the album or pre-order the format of your choice at the SBC Bandcamp store.