News from the Conning Tower: Micrographia

So we have a brand new release tomorrow (10th July) and it’s a split release from two artists new to the submarine, qualchan and Dogs versus Shadows.

The split has been named Micrographia after the book (as per Wikipedia: Micrographia or Some Physiological Descriptions of Minute Bodies Made by Magnifying Glasses. With Observations and Inquiries Thereupon is a historically significant book by Robert Hooke about his observations through various lenses).

The little slices of life/sonic micro-stories in the hazy beats that qualchan creates, coupled with the look through the sonic microscope at cell membranes (see track titles) of dogs versus shadows is a pairing of musicians that deserve a closer listen.

qualchan – ultra-prolific experimental producer from Portland, Oregon, has released through Hotham Sound and Houdini Mansions amongst others.

dogs versus shadows – the radio DJ behind Kites and Pylons /experimental electronic producer Lee Pylon released his debut through London’s Subexotic Records in June 2020 and has several follow-ups in the pipeline.

Some of the tracks are very short – microscopic, some might say. Imagine slicing open a life – you might examine a little part at a time. Imagine examining a cell membrane – you’ll see parts of the whole, bit by bit you can piece them together and create an image…. that’s what Micrographia sets out to be.

Micrographia will be available exclusively on Bandcamp, as digital download or extremely limited edition cassette.

News from the Conning Tower: coming attractions

Hello you. How’s things? It’s all a bit weird at the moment, isn’t it. One of the benefits of operating from a submarine is that isolation is all part of the gig. So as far as new releases go, it’s full-steam ahead. But without the steam, obvs.

Two new releases that have snuck under the radar, both featuring the Welsh anarchist alchemist Alan Morse Davies. First up is his partnership with Anthony Morrow to form Non-Fatal Injuries, as explained thusly…

“Inspired by the world’s largest ever release of balloons, Balloonfest ’86 and the collateral damage it caused, we decided to work together.

Multiple horses suffered non-fatal injuries.

We settled on suitable synth and organ ambience then added samples from a 1948 BBC debate on the existence of God.”

Available only from Bandcamp as digital download or CD.

 

Second out of the traps is Alan partnering with Gregory Nieuwsma with their Reichian masterwork Dreams of Steve. Two very different but compelling dreams for all your iterative minimalist needs.

Alan and Gregory have made this album free to you; again it is available only on Bandcamp.

 


We have a big stack of new releases to bring you over the next couple of months. There’s a second album from Cloud Diameter, cheekily entitled Cloud Diameter 2. There’s a new album from Xqui, a new album from Iyari, a follow up to the acclaimed Spirits of Afrodubism by Cousin Silas & the Glove of Bones and much, much more.

Stay home, stay safe, buy a cassette player.

‘Happiness’, from Incentive

Our first release of 2020 is an imprint of Incentive’s brilliant Happiness album on cassette. It’s urgent, dense, claustrophobic, playful, ominous, melodic, and visceral. It’s instrumental, but certainly not ambient.

James (Incentive) says:

Happiness is an an album comprised of inspired and emotional compositions and production — a deep, complex sonic journey that amalgamates deep mechanical grooves and dark textures with hints of bright melody. This is a work of catharsis and self-medication; the auditory tapestry of this album was inspired by the junction of childhood trauma, depression, and anxiety about the future.

Take a listen here: https://submarinebroadcastingco.bandcamp.com/album/happiness

Review of ‘FROM – A Memory of Tomorrow’ by Yeah I Know It Sucks

Yeah I Know It Sucks

Artist: FROM
Title: A Memory of Tomorrow
Keywords: experimental ambient artprogressive United Kingdom
Label: Submarine Broadcasting Company

Being equipped with a bad memory is not all that handy, but when lovely music achieves to convey a memory of something that will happen tomorrow it is clear that things are becoming more easy. Now there are no worries about forgetting anything, as the events did not yet happen & yet we have a handy sneak preview! Giving us time to get accustomed to it all & Letting it all settle in ready to be stored in our beloved memory section of the mind like a engraver engraving a name in a wedding ring.

The music over here tells us that tomorrow will be one of those drowsy romantic days, one in which sweet mesmerising repetitive songs of singing are playing out on a intelligently calming flow of sentimental goodness. Tomorrow…

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News from the Conning Tower: FROM

This week sees the release of the debut single from the newest addition to our roster, FROM. She Stands is taken from their forthcoming album A Memory of Tomorrow which is scheduled for September.

FROM is the long distance (New York via Brussels) collaboration between experimental electronic producer Michel Mazza and singer-songwriter Piero Delux. They describe their project as an experiment in finding balance between pop hooks and experimental arrangements. The end result is a unique form of dreamy, lush, melodic music that just doesn’t sound like anyone else. We think that if you like Sigur Rós, Toydrum or Talk Talk you’re really going to love A Memory of Tomorrow.

You can see an excerpt from the video for She Stands above. The single is released on 8th September on all major digital platforms, and will be available as a free download from our Bandcamp page.

News from the Conning Tower: Modwump

Sound the ‘important news’ klaxon! This week sees the release of the debut album by Modwump. Entitled Animal Bitrate, it’s pretty different to anything we’ve released before. It’s noisy, beaty, cheeky, dancey, glitchy, provocative and impossible to ignore.

Modwump are Sheffield-based duo/trio Craig, Tim and Frankie, risen from the foundry ashes of wonk-prog outfit Mangabros. They forge their twisted monstrous sound from dismantled modular synths, rewired electronic toys and junkyard percussion, fed through a crooked mile of guitar pedals and FX. They’ve dropped the vocals and narrative this time round to have much more fun with sonic exploration. Here, at last, is dance music for chronic wallflowers who daren’t dance.

 

Bandcamp cover

A review of Animal Bitrate from Doncopolitan blog will give you a flavour of the album:

“Modwump’s debut album ‘Animal Bitrate’ has retro leanings, it is constructed to be experienced in two gulps (like in the good old days, for cassette and future vinyl incarnation). It gives rise to a new definition for the term “steampunk”. It is a primitive, primal sound, of primary colours, outlandish feverish dance moves, scavenged from broken circuitry, discarded junk percussion and modular fractured otherness. It has a brutal absurdity, teetering on the insane, and – above all – it has the ability to amuse us. MODWUMP’s first outing is pure unadulterated FUN.”

The album is available as a digital download and a limited edition cassette. Each cassette will come with a souvenir wooden hex-section winding device, so you can relive the excitement of spooling in loops of cassette tape, just like when your mixtape got eaten by the car stereo. Happy days.

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Official release date is Friday 26th July. Until then you can here selected tracks here:

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.

Opduvel

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

Yeah I Know It Sucks

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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