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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: Menhir and leaving richmond

Our final two releases of the year will be released in December; both are new artists to the Submarine Broadcasting Company, with contrasting styles but both represent the highest quality of music possible.

First out the blocks are Spanish project Menhir, with their beautiful and startling Sound Track, part of their multimedia project, Desert Series.  The album is inspired by the Sahara desert and the saharawi refugee camps. The music forms the original soundtrack of the documentary “My First Life”, by the Mexican filmmaker Carlos Hernández. The film describes the birth and first days of a child in the camps. This collaboration led to the creation of the video-art Desierto (see excerpt below), which won 2nd prize at CNP Partners Proyector Festival (2018), and a photo series, which together make Desert Series.

The music is a unique blend of analogue synths, voices and electric guitars, mixed with medieval cellos and sandstorms. You can hear Lepsir, the opening track from the album below:

 


Also in December is the brilliant new single Moon Health from leaving richmond. We discussed with Jordan from leaving richmond about the pitfalls of the many micro-genres of electronic music (vaporwave, synthwave, mallsoft, glo-fi, dreamwave etc. etc.) and came to the conclusion that “electronic” would cover it, although I reckoned there were some nice retro touches, and Jordan likes the “chill out” tag. The best plan is to listen to it and decide for yourself. You can hear the lead track Moon Health today, but you’ll have to wait until the release date before you can hear its companion piece Wanderlust.

News from the Conning Tower: Whettman Chelmets single out today

As previously advertised on this very blog, Whettman Chelmets’ glorious new single is released today. It’s a lovely slab of retro shoegaze goodness. Here’s the story:

“Alas… The Sun is Shining and You are Still Alive” finds Whettman Chelmets exploring more of the guitar sounds and textures that defined his teenage life, and that sound lends a nostalgic longing to each these three tracks. The first track hits right of the bat with the artist plunging into shoegaze, fuzz-echo noise pop structures reminiscent of the Jesus and Mary Chain, The Cure, and Phil Spector. Track two takes on acoustic treatments and blends them with 4/4 kick drums, reverberated guitars and chimes that weave to a grandiose apex with nods to the The Tornados’ “Telstar” and other larger-than-life sounds. Track three slows it all down to a glacial pace and unfolds guitar textures over the course of nine minutes, moving from a dreamy yearning to crushing waves of feedback and noise. At 18 minutes, Whettman Chelmets takes us on a journey through fuzz-tinted memories.

You can purchase the single on our Bandcamp store or iTunes, and listen on Spotify or Deezer.

Forthcoming Attractions: Hans Castrup

Here in the Conning Tower we’re entering another one of our fabled busy periods; this Friday sees the release of Whettman Chelmets fuzz-drenched shoegaze maxi-single Alas… the Sun is Shining and You are Still Alive (see previous blog post), followed on Monday by a new album by multi-media artist Hans Castrup.

Das 7. Siegel (The Seventh Seal) is a recreation of the soundscape from Hans Castrup’s audio-visual installation, exhibited at Museumsquartier Osnabrück in 2017 as part of its exhibition “Dürer und Ich – ein Künstlertreffen“.

The original work comprised a triptych of paintings, with audio exciters attached to the canvasses, transforming the paintings into giant loudspeakers. These speakers were then fed with two overlapping instrumental loops of different lengths from two CD players. Each day the CDs would be paused and restarted the following day so that each day’s performance would be unique.

While we’re not able to provide the triptych of paintings to act as loudspeakers, Hans has recreated a mix of the two audio loops interplaying against each other and captured this on CD. We are presenting the CD in a deluxe metal box, with one of Hans’ paintings on the front cover, and two further paintings on an accompanying leaflet, which supplies more details about the exhibition and Hans’ installation.

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Das 7. Siegel CD and presentation metal box.

But that’s not all…

Hans has made six original new pieces of art to celebrate the album’s launch. These pieces are designs painted in acrylic on CD bases. You can buy one of these stunning works exclusively from the SubCastCo merch store. They’re incredibly beautiful and absolutely unique. Four of the six designs are illustrated below:

 

News from the Conning Tower: t.r. hand and Glauber K. de Souza

Ah, autumn, season of mists and mellow fruitlessness. Our release for the tail end of September is ‘Suburban Solitude’ from our resident mystic t.r. hand in collaboration with Glauber K. de Souza of the Amao Quartet.

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The album contains the field recordings and sound collages you’ve come to expect from t.r hand, but taken in new directions with electro-acoustic instrumentation from Glauber K.S.

It’s a meditative and subtle work, one that demands to be listened to at length; a soundscape that needs to envelop you and move you.

We’re delighted that this work has already picked up a positive reception; most of the tracks are too long to be radio-friendly but this album will reward the listener that seeks it out.

As with the previous t.r. hand album, we’re delighted to offer this album in both digital and physical editions. Suburban Solitude is available from our merch store as a deluxe book/CD package, designed by the radical design collective Glove of Bones. As you can see, it’s a beautiful thing.

 


In other news, we have some groovy stuff still to come this year. A very special album by Hans Castrup, new work from Leaving Richmond and Whettman Chelmets and the sophomore album from GOATS. Come get some!

News from the Conning Tower: Awkward Geisha, t.r. hand & Glauber K.S.

One of the features of the Submarine Broadcasting Company is that in addition to our roster of lovely musicians we also have guest artists from time-to-time who will release work through us rather than their home label… Cousin Silas earlier this year, and just recently Ippu Mitsui graced us with a release or two. The latest act to stay in our musical guest room is the mighty Awkward Geisha. From their own Bandcamp page:

Awkward Geisha is a free improvisation ensemble with legs firmly lodged in the avant garde and dada movements. Members of the ensemble vary from song to song. The ensemble was put together by Ade Rowe in 2016 as a reaction to the mundane and tedious sounds that insult the eardrums on a daily basis.

We’re delighted to be offering this deluxe book/CD package ‘Snapshots’, which comprises a compilation of Awkward Geisha tracks on CD, mounted in a hand-finished hardback book designed by the Glove of Bones, featuring 20 pages of vintage geisha photographs.

This is a strictly limited run which will not be repeated. Books are made to order and all orders must be placed by 12th November 2018, when manufacturing will begin. We intend to ship these items before December, if you’re seeking Christmas gifts for that special free improvisation ensemble-loving someone in your life.

The package is only available from our merch page.


Coming soon, we hope to offer new work from the enigmatic t.r. hand, this time in league with Brazilian musician Glauber K. de Souza. This promises to be an intriguing and beautiful recording, building on t.r. hand’s trademark field recordings and sound collages and marking new territory for the wayward guru.

While you are waiting for the new t.r. offering, recap on the remarkable ‘The Checking’ EP with this:

News from the Conning Tower: Radio Radio

A quick round up on some of the radio appearances happening soon:

Stringmodulator on Grand Music for Tiny Souls (plus our Bearsuit friends Bunny & The Invalid Singers)

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Stringmodulator on the Comfy Show (plus our good friend Jaime Munarriz):

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t.r. hand on The Recognition Test (along with our friends Alwin van der Linde + {AN} EeL, Hans Castrup and Jaime Munarriz):

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And finally… Stringmodulator were on the mighty BCfm again today. Listen again here:

http://bcfmradio.com/intune

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News from the Conning Tower: forthcoming attractions

September 10th sees the release of three special albums, all quite different but with a common theme running through them. We have…

  • From Germany, Stringmodulator with their debut album ‘Manifesto’.
  • Reclusive krautrockers K-Elektronischer Automatisten’s new album ‘Verlorene Tonbänder Maschinengefühle’
  • English krautrock from Dynamo Snackbar with ‘A Myriad of Catalysts’

Three melodic instrumental albums that nod towards krautrock and prog, with a raft of other influences. We’ll go into detail on these albums over the next couple of weeks, but first up a quick round up of some of the coverage of Stringmodulator.

banner3_0We were delighted to get some pre-release airplay from the lovely Phil Vickery on his weekly In-Tune show on BCfm. Phil’s show is always essential listening and this was no exception. Listen again here:
https://bcfmradio.com/intune

The album also scored a fantastic review from the charming Michael Housel at his Bizarre Chats blog. Read it here:
https://bizarrechats.blogspot.com/2018/08/stringmodulators-manifesto-strikes.html

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News from the Conning Tower: t.r. hand

Everyone here at the Conning Tower was winding down, lowering the periscope, ready for the traditional English August of drizzle and traffic jams, when a most remarkable thing happened… a new EP from the reclusive guru of mind-training, self help/abuse and prison tattoos, t.r. hand, landed on the desk.

There’s a super-size serving of concept in the EP ‘The Checking’, and in addition to t.r’s trademark washes, sound collages, chops/screws and deep atmospherics, there are spoken vocal readings/recitals from Bonnie J. Currie which give the tracks a whole new focus and impetus. Once again t.r has coerced the Glove of Bones into producing the cover/track art and it is glorious.

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After checking that the restraining order was still in place,  and that our A&R man’s tetanus jabs were up to date, we set out to get an interview with t.r. hand in a disused warehouse. This is what happened:

SBC: Can you give some explanation of the ideas behind this work and its points of reference?
TRH: Have you been watching One Punch Man on Netflix? It’s like that. If you get an idea, the last thing you should do is grab it and choke the air out of it. Tickle it, ask it questions. Listen, don’t talk.

SBC: There is a running theme in the work, a narrative. How did that come about?
TRH: From a broad suggestion. I didn’t choose it, other than signposting its huge source. I didn’t know the performer, nothing other than ‘some words’ was suggested.

SBC: Did the narrative alter the project?
TRH: Yes.

SBC: Can you explain?
TRH: No. Well, almost no. The grip on the idea wasn’t ever so tight that it couldn’t transform. Everything is transformation. A stick of charcoal in your fingers and a piece of paper. Both ask for transformation. When I received the narrative recordings they changed the project. Pretty much completely. The original project is probably flipping and flapping around somewhere waiting for an oxygen intake. Is that the natural selection of ideas? No idea. The critical thing though is I’d imagined some scattergun / sound bite content. That’s what I was geared up to work with. Bonnie’s work though was so full of understanding of the subject and passionate in it’s presentation, the original idea seemed trivial and it would have been wrong to strip it from it’s context and use little bits from here and there for effect or imposed meaning. I ‘get’ the source but of all the many words in books, this set are the most inviting for the imposition of personal meaning.

SBC: For any readers out there, what is the source?
TRH: They are from the Red Book by Carl Jung. Look it up, it’s not easily summarised. Go with the flow. Pretty sure civilization will come back to it after the apocalypse.

SBC: That isn’t very positive for a self proclaimed Guru?
TRH: Truth hurts, which probably explains the current global collision.

SBC: In your somewhat small public scope, you do use the hashtag #guru. Do you have any reason or explanation of this?
TRH: There’s an underlying, no, overriding sarcasm in that question isn’t there? The ‘Self Help’ industry is on the ascent, most of it is lunacy. It’s all very tribal. So, I’m happy to hit up on a level playing field. I’m pretty much in the peace and love wing, anarchic, left leaning libertarian sect. It’s niche but I’m sure there’s an audience. Albeit briefly.

SBC: Thank you.
TRH: Can I go now?

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We are presenting The Checking as a digital download, or as a super-deluxe hardback book/CD package, including 24 pages of Glove of Bones’ designs. Both formats are available from the Bandcamp page.