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News from the Conning Tower: new release round-up

Blimey Charlie, it’s been busy.

Several new releases to catch-up on, so straight to business, if you please.

Flavigula: Jēmaraz
Jēmaraz is an album incorporating ambient krautrock soundscapes, samples and live instrumentation that will delight fans of progressive and art rock. Each composition on Jēmaraz creates colourful, heady landscapes that are simultaneously dark and light, disorienting and hopeful.

Bob from Flavigula says:
Flavigula began as Bob’s clouds of abstractions that wanted to be put to “tape”, as it were. Endless swaying and looping improvisations for ambient guitar gradually gave way to more concise composing, especially after Christian’s input brought more focus. The majority of the pieces here are impressionistic portrayals of long abandoned cities situated on unsure shores painted in minimalistic, jazz tinged hues. Martes Flavigula wavers in the haze.

Incentive: Presence
Presence features Incentive’s established dark sonic signature of rhythmic noise and melody, but with rawer production value, reflecting the theme of existence and death onto the album. A work painstakingly perfected for this exact moment in time — found sounds, digital synths, and painful vocals will be appreciated by listeners who find catharsis in dark experimental music.

Presence is being offered as a cassette, CD, or digital download. It is also available as a digital download from Incentive’s own Circle With A Dot imprint.

SCHTUMMM™: Music To Be Despised
Music To Be Despised is a complex sonic journey, gently shifting moods between ambience and explosive rhythmic energy. A work of generative electronic brilliance, Music To Be Despised is a work that challenges the listener while maintaining a consistent beauty throughout.

SCHTUMMM™ is a project by Craig Manga whose other projects include Mangabros and Modwump (who have also released work with the Submarine Broadcasting Company.)

Outpost magazine said:
This wasn’t planned. It could never be. This is the music of serendipity, of experiments into aleatoric composition. Recorded piano, guitar and bass notes fed into the belly of the machine, then randomised by various software/DAW mutilations. Electro-acoustic brushstrokes, modular synth and various found sounds add texture and distress to the melting pot. It is unclassifiable, possibly unlikeable, but difficult to ignore.
Imagine Eno + Aphex Twin + John Cage fused in Cronenberg’s teleporter at a DNA level. This is 21st century Modern Classicism for the marginalised.

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

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.

 

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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:

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.

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: