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News from the Conning Tower: Exhibition 2018

Wednesday 11th April sees the release of our major compilation for 2018, Exhibition.

The Exhibition compilation is in three overlapping flavours: Red, Green and Blue. Very roughly speaking Red is the most experimental, this is where you’ll find the noise, the field recordings, the zero bpm and so on; Green is mostly ambient, dark ambient, neo-classical and melodic instrumentals; Blue is pop, rock, post-rock, synthwave, electro and other radio-friendly music.

Currently weighing in at approximately eight hours of music by more than sixty artists, the compilation will be available as seven individual volumes (3 x Red, 2 x Green, 2 x Blue). Each volume will be available as a ‘name your price’ digital download or as an inexpensive CD from our Bandcamp store, here. The cover art is once again by the lovely Glove of Bones.

As with our previous compilations, there is a charity benefitting from our work. On this occasion all proceeds will go to the international mental health charity, the Shaw Mind Foundation. We chose them as we wanted an international charity, to reflect the international constituency of our artists, and we liked the way Shaw Mind Foundation tackle not only mental health but also the stigma surrounding mental illness.

We’re using a new CD manufacturer for this project; they use a ‘just in time’ drop-shipping model which removes the requirement for us to hold inventory. It’s a bit of an experiment for us, but if it works it opens up a lot of flexibility for future releases. This does mean that much of the shipping is out of our control, but if customers do have any weird and wonderful requirements we will do our best to fulfil them.

Any questions?

 

I am an artist who submitted a track. Can I have a discount on the CDs? Email us and we’ll sort you out a discount code.

Does the CD purchase include the digital download? Yes

I accidentally bought the download when I really wanted the CD. Can I change my order? Probably. Email us and we’ll sort it out.

I represent a blog/radio station. Can I have some CDs for review or airplay? Probably. Email us to discuss.

I note you say Exhibition 2018. Does that mean you’ll do it again next year? Yes! No. Maybe

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Review: Sombre Moon/Blurred Reality & Hereafter

Sombre Moon are UK-based electronic duo Amanda Jane Rogers and Steve Loxley.

Their first single ‘Blurred Reality’ received considerable acclaim on its release in October, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a delicious slice of synth-pop; the song is exquisite, with great melodic hooks. Of course, the electronica space is a crowded one at the moment, but the two key features that really set this single apart are the quality of arrangement – the track crams dozens of ideas into its sub-4-minute running time – and Amanda Jane’s dreamy vocals (stylistically she reminds me of Sarah Blackwood of Dubstar fame, and that’s high praise in my book).

The follow up ‘Hereafter’ is more driven; it’s a denser and darker affair. It’s still immediately accessible and every bit as catchy as ‘Blurred Reality’, but there’s an increased sense of directness; the synths are less ornamented here and Amanda Jane’s vocals have a note of urgency and perhaps some vitriol. It’s another great pop song, and like all great pop songs it’s able to connect at an emotional level.

‘Hereafter’ is the lead track of the eponymous EP, which also contains remixes of ‘Blurred Reality’ and the dancefloor-centric ‘Recovery’. Both ‘Blurred Reality’ and ‘Hereafter’ are available directly from Sombre Moon on Bandcamp.

Klang Kickstarter now live

Today we launch our Kickstarter for our biggest release yet, Klang. The vinyl edition contains tracks from:

  • Six By Seven
  • Unimother 27
  • Oulu Space Jam Collective
  • Dynamo Snackbar
  • Peri Esvultras
  • t.r. hand
  • Beltism

Don’t do vinyl? That’s OK, we have extended editions with 6 extra tracks on CD and digital download. We’ve got tee shirts, fine art prints, signed stuff, it will be lovely.

Remember, Kickstarter is all or nothing; if we don’t hit our financial target we can’t press the vinyl. And that simply won’t do.

You can remind yourself about the story of Klang here and then go spend some money on Kickstarter:

News from the conning tower – Kickstarter

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We’re delighted to announce that the Kickstarter campaign for our Klang krautrock extravaganza will launch on Tuesday 27th February. We’ll be making a bit of a song and dance about it at the time, so it’s unlikely you’ll miss it, but we thought you’d appreciate the advance notice, just in case you were thinking of getting your hair done.

You can read all about Klang here.

Out today: Crayon Angels ‘Postcards’ EP

We’re thrilled to announce the release of Crayon Angels brand new EP, ‘Postcards’, four slices of highly musical grown-up pop. The release of this EP is a big deal for the Submarine Broadcasting Company and we’re delighted to be presenting such top quality songs.

You can buy the EP on Bandcamp here:

You can also download Postcards from the following digital stores:

News from the Conning Tower: Crayon Angels

As previously mentioned on here and other social media, we are very excited to welcome Crayon Angels to our small-but-adequately-formed operation at SBC.

Crayon Angels will be releasing their next EP, ‘Postcards’ on Submarine Broadcasting Co. on the 5th February, available on CD and digital download from Bandcamp, Amazon and iTunes.

The Angels’ blend of melody-driven jangly semi-acoustic guitar pop may seem a radical departure from our normal output of experimental and ambient genres but we’re really excited about this new direction. The Angels’ pervasive musicality, embracing elements of folk and jazz, and fiercely intelligent lyrics in a quintessential English style make for a unique musical offering; we describe it as guitar pop for grown-ups, but Crayon Angels themselves are typically modest: “pleasant humans playing some nice songs”.

Call for submissions

We are pleased to announce the launch of three new compilations.

The project, which we are calling Exhibition, will comprise three volumes:

  • Red – this will contain the experimental, atmo, 0bpm and possibly the dark ambient.
  • Green – this will contain regular ambient/instrumental pieces.
  • Blue – everything else, so alt-pop, synthwave, space rock, indie, radio-friendly and so on.

We may adjust the classifications as we go, depending on the number of tracks of different genres. The finished product will initially be three “name your price” (including “free”) compilations on Bandcamp. Any money generated from sales of the Exhibition compilations will go to a charity to be identified nearer the release.

Unlike One String Inspiration and Post:Soc, this will not go immediately to CD, but depending on the number of submissions, general interest, and the budget available, there may be some physical formats (CD, vinyl, cassette etc.) Whether that is one CD/LP per compilation, or one CD/LP across all three will be determined at a later date.

Rules and Guidelines for Submissions

  1. To be included your track should either:
    1. Be about (or inspired by) folklore or folk tales. This is the theme. Think Wicker Man, Herne the Hunter, folk horror, Struwwelpeter, Aboriginal dreamtime, chupacabra, peyote-induced fevre dreams. Or…
    2. Contain field-recordings: birds, church bells, cricket on the village green, Tokyo metro, the ocean, next-door’s dog, anything you like. But we want your field recordings; no downloading stuff from freesounds.org etc. Or…
    3. Contain spoken word: poetry, literature, whatever you like. But again, we want your voice.
  2. Your track does NOT have to include all three.
  3. Tracks to be submitted by WeTransfer or Dropbox. Please use: submarinebroadcastingco at gmail dot com. Please use the naming convention: artistname_tracktitle.wav
  4. WAV or AIFF format only. 16 or 24 bit preferred.
  5. Your track must be your original work, no cover versions.
  6. Your track must be new or unreleased, and remain unreleased until after the compilations have launched. You retain all rights to your music.
  7. You can submit one track to each compilation, if you wish. If you are unsure what compilation your track qualifies for, submit anyway and we will place it in the appropriate volume. You may not submit more than one track per compilation.
  8. We reserve the right to place your track on the compilation of our choice, for reasons of flow or balance.
  9. There is no limit on track length (but bear in mind that if this does go to CD, a six minute track is easier to accommodate than a twenty minute one).
  10. The closing date is 31st March 2018

There are some other ideas, that will be revealed as we go along, but nothing that is contrary to the points above, so get your composing heads on and get busy!

 

News from the conning tower

Just a quick update on the Exhibition compilation project. We’ve had some superb entries so far, including tracks from Noise Cluster, Ian Haygreen, Cousin Silas, Alan Morse Davis, Merge, James Hoehl, Lucidbeaming, Nurse Predator, Spartan Jet-Plex, Earthborn Visions, Rauppwar, Manga Brothers, Autonomaton and Zumaia.

What is particularly pleasing is that 10 of these artists have never appeared on Submarine Broadcasting before, so we really hope these compilations will be even bigger and even more diverse than the last couple. If you want to take part, read the guidelines earlier in this blog, you’ll be very welcome.

Sergio Guglielmi – Sinkop Artz

I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear this morning of the premature death of Sergio Guglielmi, who contributed on Post:Soc Post:Script under his performing name Sinkop Artz.

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While I never had the opportunity to meet Sergio face-to-face, he was always kind, generous and enthusiastic in our on-line communications. Musically he was an unusually gifted and fearless producer, who contributed to a number of projects in my corner of the music scene.

A small sample of Sergio’s work is available on Soundcloud, here:

My condolences to his family and friends, particularly to my friend Rodrigo, who was a close friend and frequent collaborator with Sergio.

Rob

New compilation news

We called for submissions (see Call for submissions) and submissions were …um… submitted! We’ve already received tracks from Manga Brothers, Autonomaton and Zumaia, plus many more expressions of interest. The closing date is not until end of March 2018, so you have either loads of time or barely any time at all, depending on how you work!

In other news, Post:Soc Post:Script is starting to appear in the digital stores, most recently iTunes, here.