In the album titled Somewhereness, which is defined as “The state or quality of existing in a place that is unknown or cannot be pinpointed”, Manipulant tackles issues like war, cancel culture and climate in his uniquely Manipulant way. Kazoo, snuff tins, plastic desiccant cylinders and keyboard with loads of effect all melt together to …
August Releases: Cottura 8 Minuti and Manipulant
Two releases this month, both somewhat unusual. First up is the various artists compilation, Cottura 8 Minuti (or C8M). This is compilation of music made in, or at least centered around, the kitchen. We'd love to take credit for C8M, but the truth is the curation and heavy-lifting was done by Lezet and Razrook, both …
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News from the Conning Tower: Radio Transmissions
Blimey, do we have some exciting stuff for you this May! Yes, yes we do. It was rhetorical, hence no question mark. But before we can tell you about that, here is some news that JUST CAN'T WAIT! Firstly, our very own Manipulant will be featured on The Comfy Show, on Radio Woking, tomorrow between …
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New Releases: Manipulant, Cousin Silas and GOATS
It's starting to get busy here at the Conning Tower, what with Exhibition and possibly Klang coming up, plus one secret project and two confirmed new artists. So, in our wisdom we decided to release three new works on the same day. You can thank us later. Anyway, we have pretty much something for everyone. Starting …
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News from the Conning Tower: Exhibition
So much news, so few typing fingers! OK, Exhibition. Exhibition is the name of our 2018 'open' compilation. There are three strands to the compilation, Red, Green and Blue: Red is the most experimental and challenging, Green is predominantly instrumental or ambient, and Blue is rock, post-rock, pop, electronica and so on. We're accepting entries …
Keeps Me Alive review of our Manipulant – Perspective EP
Keeps Me Alive gave some very positive feedback on the forthcoming Manipulant EP:
Brace yourselves, folks, it’s new Manipulant music for 2018!
You’ll recall that I covered the excellent 2017 release Eclectro, and even interviewed the artist. Read it RIGHT HERE.
So, imagine my joy when an email appeared recently to say that a new Manipulant EP will drop on March 26! Happy days indeed, and thank you very much for the chance to hear this, sir.
This EP is 5 tracks in a total of 16 minutes. Let’s get straight to the tunes:
Wander, RTL is a short minute (and a bit) of synth intro, shifting from right ear to left ear, repeating notes creating a mood for… SandS, which takes the tone darker, that bell-like tone pulsing throughout as the drums lay down an energetic beat and the vocals drone and echo and reverberate. This track has a real push/pull to it, equally danceable and melodically meditative, and it…
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