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Forthcoming attractions…

Well, delighted to hear that the final track for Post:Soc Post:Script (you know, the third disc of the double album) is nearing completion. This is good news on several fronts: firstly it means the pre-orders can be fulfilled, and that the Post:Soc publicity machine can roll into action and hopefully we’ll raise some money for DePaul International. But also it means that the forthcoming Submarine Broadcasting projects can be announced… yes, projects plural. Musicians and sound designers, watch this space as you won’t want to miss this!

Also, we seem to be very near to signing a new artist to the label, which is terrifically exciting! Not going to say too much as it’s early days and there is some detail to thrash out yet, but fingers and toes are crossed.

Post:Soc – the what and the why

After One String Inspiration, we concluded it would be good to do another charity compilation. At the time, Trump and Brexit were looming large in the news; we had a lot of coverage of post-truth/post-fact society; here in the UK we were trying to work out what post-EU society will look like. In any particular week you might hear mentions of post-feminism, post-post-modernism (nope, no idea), post-media, post-capitalism. And who doesn’t love a bit of post-rock from time to time. So, it feels like rather a “post-everything” society. And that was the brief we gave to contributors.

We were rather overwhelmed with the numbers of entries; it became apparent very quickly that if we were to do a CD release (which we wanted to) that it would need to be a double CD. And even though we were complete spoilsports by restricting folks to 6-minute tracks, once we began the CD mastering process, we found that even 2 CDs would not be enough. Commercially it probably would have been more sensible to reject or park some of the tracks, so we could have had a “big bang” launch, but that would have been far too easy. So instead, the first 30 tracks were released as Post:Soc, with the remainder to be released on a second volume.

Post:Soc contains tracks from Bridget Wishart & Everling, Cousin Silas, Martin Neuhold, Carbonates on Mars, Glove of Bones feat. Peter Wullen, a collection of artists borrowed from Bearsuit’s roster including Anata Wa Sukkari Tsukarete Shimai, Bunny & the Invalid Singers and Kirameki, and many, many more. All proceeds from Post:Soc go to the DePaul International group of homelessness charities.

Post:Soc is available as a digital download from iTunes and Amazon, and available as a download or physical CD from Bandcamp, here:

One String Inspiration – name your price!

Ahead of the Post:Soc “big push” (more on that later) and some exciting new projects we’re launching (even more on that even later), we’ve made the OSI download from Bandcamp “name your price”, so you can pay as little (or as much) as you want. Remember kids, this is for charity, so be nice.

Also, we’ve marked down the price of the CDs – there are only a handful left and we want to make some space for the Post:Soc Post:Script CDs – so if you are stuck for ideas for Christmas gifts for the ambient/experimental/harsh noise fan in your life, now’s the time to act!

Review of One String Inspiration from Monolith Cocktail

A lovely review of One String Inspiration (you’ll need to scroll down a bit; we’re not top billing!)

Monolith Cocktail Blog

REVIEWS/PREVIEWS ROUNDUP
WORDS: DOMINIC VALVONA


Not that I ever mean to do it, but this month’s roundup does have a tenuous theme of sorts, or rather many of the releases in this, the 52nd edition of my eclectic revues, are more or less all experimenting with the electronic music format in one way or another. The sagacious counterculture totem and beatnik poet of renown, John Sinclair leads the charge this month, his vivid jazz lyricism recitations put to an evocative soundtrack by Youth on the mini-album Beatnik Youth Ambient. Jono Podmore’s recently re-launched label, Psychomat, follows up on the inaugural release with another electronic peregrination – this time far more melodic and dreamy –, from the mysterious Reason Stendec. Working in isolation and apart, never meeting in person, the Room Of Wires duo release their third EP of otherworldly and atmospheric techno and downtempo beats, Black…

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The Story So Far…

So far, the releases on Submarine Broadcasting Co. look something like this:

  • The ‘One String Inspiration’ compilation benefit for Syria Relief
  • The ‘Traumnovelle’ EP by Beltism
  • The ‘Songs from the Imaginary Dancehall’ EP by Beltism
  • The ‘Post:Soc’ compilation benefit for Depaul International homelessness charities
  • The ‘Swagger’ EP by Beltism.

The vision behind One String Inspiration was to push the artists outside their comfort zones; we challenged the artists to incorporate a home-made instrument or a found object – strings, wind, percussion, anything at all – that can be processed in any way but must be prominent in the mix. The end result was an album of exceptional creativity, sometimes melodic, sometimes experimental and sometimes frankly plain disturbing. The compilation raised a decent amount of money for Syria Relief, boosted by our decision to make it available on physical CD, rather than just digital download only. You can listen to and buy One String Inspiration from its own Bandcamp site, here:

 

Having done the legwork of setting up a netlabel, it seemed foolish not to use it for our house band, Beltism. Unfortunately Beltism don’t fit neatly into any bag: sometimes it’s ambient, another day Krautrock, the next it’s EDM. We do try to make the EPs vaguely thematic but it’s all driven by our ever-changing moods. All but the latest release is ‘pay what you want’, over at Bandcamp: Beltism Discography

After the success of One String Inspiration, we launched Post:Soc, a compilation of thoughts, comments and reactions to our “post-everything” society. More about Post:Soc in a later update.

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